Archiving Design Organisations

27 May 2011
Brighton (United Kingdom) - The Design Archives at the University of Brighton hold the archives of three major design organisations - the Design Council, the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid).
Brighton (United Kingdom) - The Design Archives at the University of Brighton hold the archives of three major design organisations - the Design Council, the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid).

On Monday, 6 June, the University of Brighton Design Archives will be hosting a one-day seminar, "Archiving Design Organisations" funded by the Design History Society. The aim of day is to develop discussion about particular issues related to the archives of design organisations. As well as including museums, regional archives and university collections, it will engage design organisations that face the challenge of balancing the need to record and preserve their significant heritage with the current demands of records management in a digital era.

The histories of design organisations are critical in explaining the wider context of how and why design is provoked, produced, and promoted in broad political and economic frameworks both nationally and internationally. Similarly, it is research into design organisations that has the most potential for engaging other disciplines and research communities, extending the remit of design history within and beyond the humanities.

Speakers will include Professor Jonathan Woodham, Director of Research, Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton (introduction); Leah Armstrong, AHRC doctoral student (the design profession and the archive of the CSD: a research project); Jo Maude, Design & Art Direction (the D&AD and the archive challenge); Donna Loveday, Design Museum (the Design Museum: its heritage and its future); Susan Bennett, William Shipley Group for RSA history (Over two centuries of design history : the RSA archive).



For more information contact:

Deborah Hickmott
University of Brighton Design Archives

Faculty of Arts

Grand Parade

Brighton

BN2 0JY
United Kingdom
T: +44 1273 643217

F: +44 1273 643209
E:

About the University of Brighton Design Archives

The University of Brighton Design Archives is an internationally significant scholarly resource focusing on British design and global design organisations in the twentieth century. We are a research base with a curatorial team that initiates and promotes collaborative activity through a programme of publication and exhibition projects, contributing substantially to the research profile of the University. The Design Archives support the work of scholars and students from many academic disciplines researching the designed environment, the design profession and design practice.

About the Icograda Archive

The Icograda Archive comprises the Icograda poster collection, library holdings and a significant body of documentation relating to governance, administration and educational activities of the Council. The poster collection includes more than 1500 posters from 33 countries dating from the early 1960s through to the late 1980s and affords the opportunity to study aspects of the visual history of countries whose output has been largely overlooked in mainstream histories of design.