Journal Article

Some Futures for Design History?

Clive Dilnot

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 22, issue 4, pages 377-394
Published in print December 2009 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online December 2009 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI:
Some Futures for Design History?

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This article began as a talk given in response to some of the articles presented in this issue of the journal, which were first given as papers in a colloquium in Dallas in 2008. Its subject matter was what could be glimpsed in them for a possible future history of design. I would like to take one proposition from each paper that I see as indicative of possibility. This exercise in turn will allow the suggestion, within these analyses, of some axioms that might guide the future writing of histories in this field. Together, these two ambitions will describe the essay. Since it originated as a commentary I have retained the tone of a verbal presentation.

Keywords: capitalism; configuration; design futures; design history; history; mediation

Journal Article.  11987 words. 

Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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