Strand 1 . Design Histories: tradition, transgression and transformations 

Design has asserted and re-invented itself in many different ways across the ages, depending on a variety of situations and geographical locations. Artifacts themselves are more than reflections of such circumstances as they are also carriers of memory and involve a large cast of players – designers, entrepreneurs, producers, retailers, consumers – who act out their roles in private and public spheres, often mediated by a variety of social and economic policies. Furthermore, design may reveal a set of traditional influences, embrace the need for transgression in order to stand out, or seek to bring about transformation in daily life. Authorship has been an important factor in many of these contexts. We welcome papers that bring to light stories and memories related to all such topics. 


Jonathan Woodham
University of Brighton, UK

Has been involved with design history for four decades and has delivered keynote addresses in more than 20 countries in five continents.  He has published more than 100 books, chapters and articles, the most widely known being Twentieth Century Design (1997) which has sold more than 56,000 copies worldwide. He has been based at the University of Brighton since 1982 and has been involved in a number of key initiatives including the establishment of the University’s Design Archives in 1994 and the launch in 1997 of the University of Brighton Research Fellowship in collaboration with the Research Department at the V&A. Amongst other projects, he is currently contributing new and undated entries to his Dictionary of Modern Design for Oxford University Press, now part of Oxford Reference (online ) He is the Director of Research and Development for the Arts and Humanities at the University and has more recently been researching into design policy and politics and the need to set a more inclusive agenda for design history study and research in the 21st century.

Helena Barbosa
Department of Communication and Art, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Teaches disciplines in Design – Undergraduate, Master and Ph.D at University of Aveiro (UA). Her areas of interest are Portuguese Design History, Portuguese material culture, mainly posters and virtual museums. She is responsible for the contents of a virtual on-line poster museum (30.000 posters) a project being developed UA. She is vice-president of ID+ Research Institute for Design, Media, and Culture, member of the editorial board of “The Poster” journal published by Intellect, and member of the Scientific Committee of the journal “Eme: experimental illustration design”, published by Editorial Universitat de València. 


Strand 2 . Design Culture

In our era of continuous scientific and technological progress which implies a constant acceleration of time and in which the essence of being becomes reified, memory serves as a unique and exceptional medium for imagination and innovation. Our presence is seamlessly invaded by communication and messages that are delivered in an immaterial way. This dematerialization calls for research to illuminate the condition that an artifact used in everyday life is determined not only by the physical properties of matter or its user context. It also belongs to the sphere of an immaterial culture characterized by semantic, symbolic and social value. This session aims to point towards a fuller and more advanced approach to the interrelationships between designed artefacts and the range and swiftness of the memory. This session also seeks to explore how design has played a key role in shaping our cultural memory and how through the culture of design memory has become a mental process of approaching the invisible and visible, the immaterial and material culture. We also propose to research how design policies integrate the role of memory both from a local and a global perspective. Here the proactive role and use of history, our collective and extended memory, plays a key role.


Pekka Korvenmaa
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland

Vice Dean at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland as well as Professor of Design and Culture at the same school. He is also Adjunct Professor in History of Art at University of Helsinki. He has published on history of Finnish architecture and design since the 1980s both nationally but predominantly on international fori. Besides academic work he has been active in formulating matters of design policy both nationally and internationally. Korvenmaa lectures intensively internationally and is Board Member of Finnish Institute in Japan as well as Chairman of Board, Design Museum of Finland plus board member of ICDHS.  His latest book is Finnish Design. A Concise History from 2009 and now also published in Beijing in Chinese.

Helena Souto
Institute of Art, Design and Enterprise – University (IADE-U), Portugal

She has a Ph.D. in Art Sciences, an M.A. of Art History, and is a graduate in History. She is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Art, Design and Marketing – IADE.U, a member of the research unit center UNIDCOM/IADE, collaborator of the CIDEHUS/University of Évora, and is currently the Principal Investigator at the research project Design in Portugal (1960-1974), financially supported by the FCT (overview in the Design History Society newsletter February 2013).
 As an author, she has contributed articles on issues of Art and Design History in Portugal to several books and exhibition catalogues. Recently, she published the book Portugal nas Exposições Universais 1851-1900 (Colibri, 2011). She has also participated in national and international conferences, and in 2010 co-organized an international symposium in the International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (Barcelona).


Strand 3 . Design Museums

The number of design museums is increasing significantly everywhere while museums in general are going through radical changes in this century. The way we conceive, consider and consume museums is being altered and reconstructed. We are experiencing an intense transformation with the establishment of new economic paradigms and renewed social demands. Countless design projects now emphasize and incorporate elements of ethical consciousness and social responsibility. The plethora of technologies and materials has expanded the possibilities of conservation, while instigating profound changes in design philosophy and methodology. As part of this process, the position of design archives is also under scrutiny. History is re-written through collections acquired and exhibitions organized in museums, which keep reconstituting the public perception of art, science, technology and design. Within this milieu, studying, preserving and reinterpreting design heritage become very important. The session will discuss these issues to situate design museums in a wider perspective. Relevant topics are as follows: Objects, missions and roles of design museums; Changes, challenges and strategies for collecting, curating, exhibiting and archiving. New approaches for preservation; Museums as centers of culture, experience, experimentation and multidisciplinary creations; Studying memories of the present; Working on local / national / global levels; New strategies for the educational function of design museums


Tevfik Balcioglu
Yasar University, Turkey

Vice Rector and Professor of Design at Yasar University, Izmir. Studied at Middle East Technical University, attended the Royal College of Art, taught at Goldsmiths’ College and Kent Institute of Art & Design, UK, (1992-2002). He is the founder of the ‘Design History Society, Turkey’ (4T) and the first, (founding) Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts & Design at Izmir University of Economics (2004-2011). He has organised international conferences and edited several books, including The Role of Product Design in Post-Industrial Society, and a special issue of the Design Journal entitled: A Glance at Design Discourse in Turkey.

Bárbara Coutinho
IST and Director of the MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum

Director / programmer of MUDE - Design and Fashion Museum, Francisco Capelo Collection and Invited Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico. In recent years, she has curated several exhibitions and participated in conferences and seminars on contemporary art and design, architecture and museums, signing several critical essays on these topics, in particular on the transformations of museums and exhibition space / contemporary creation throughout the twentieth century . She has a Masters in History of Contemporary Art by FCSH / UNL with the dissertation “Carlos Ramos (1897-1969) – The search for compromise between Modernism and Tradition”, and is developing her Ph.D on the exhibition space in the museums of the XXI century. Previously, she was coordinator of the Education Service, scientific programmer and coordinator of the Training Courses of Modern and Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture in CCB Foundation.