DHS Student Forum: What is a Design Historian? – 02.02.21


Andrea Foffa and Alex Todd are two of the Design History Society Ambassadors. In this session, they guide a conversation about what it means to be a design historian. Expect personal views on the methodological detours, anxieties, and joys of learning and practicing design history.

Denise Lai joined the conversation. Denise’s project Wawasan 2020 archive, conducted in collaboration with the Malaysia Design Archive, has recently been awarded the DHS Virtual Design History Student Award.

Andrea Foffa is currently a design history PhD candidate at Kingston University. Andrea has a wide range of research interests, mainly around the ways in which material culture is mediated and how designers engage with mediation in their professional practice past and present.

Denise Lai is a student at the V&A/RCA focusing on the material culture and spectacle of national development blueprints in her home country, Malaysia.

Alex J. Todd is a design historian and educator. Alex lectures in Contextual Studies at the University for the Creative Arts and is currently undertaking PhD research into the political posters of Dutch graphic design collective Wild Plakken, funded by Techne at the University of Brighton.

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