International design organizations: histories, values, legacies

Jeremy Aynsley (Editor), Alison Clarke (Editor), Tania Messell (Editor)

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This volume brings together international design scholars to address the history and present-day status of national and international design organizations, working across design disciplines and located in countries including Argentina, Belgium, Estonia, Italy, China and the USA. It originates from a conference on the same theme, held by the Centre for Design History at the University of Brighton in 2017.
In the second half of the 20th century, many non-governmental organizations were created to address urgent cultural, economic and welfare issues. Design organizations set out to create an international consensus for the future direction of design. This included enhancing communication between professionals, educators and practitioners, raising standards for design, and creating communities of designers across linguistic, national and political borders. Shared needs and agendas were identified and categories of design constantly defined and re-defined, often with overt cultural and political intentions. The Cold War period is central to the book, while many chapters draw on post-colonial perspectives to interpret how transnational networks and negotiations took place at events and congresses, and through publication.
Original languageEnglish
TypeEdited book
Media of outputPrint and and ebook
Number of pages352
Place of PublicationLondon; New York; Dublin
ISBN (Print)9781350112513
ISBN (Electronic)9781350112520, 9781350112537
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2022


  • Design Professions
  • Design Organizations
  • Transnational networks
  • Design Education


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