A publication, by Royal College of Art first year Communication Art & Design students, which aims to investigate how history influences practice as designers.
Can we make design history research, and the sharing of its resources a more active part of everyday graphic design practice? How can we question the gender and racial biases of available histories? How, in other words, to influence the making of design history today? Does our field’s obsession with celebrity designers lead us to over-emphasise biographical narratives to the detriment of collective or object-based histories? Could we pursue a new form of writing design history, less confined to proven academic models, more intuitive or creative, thereby taking greater control over our profession and how it is translated or related in existing histories?