Summer 2017

Museums on display

Design Objects and the Museum

Edited by Liz Farrelly and Joanna Weddell
Bloomsbury Academic, £85

The academic study of design history is one that has only emerged within the past 50 years. Born out of British polytechnics in the mid-1970s, the history of the discipline is described in detail in the opening chapter of Design Objects and the Museum. The book frames itself as re-addressing and re-evaluating the ‘early, tentative steps of design history’ and providing an up-to-date variety of approaches to the topic.


Top: Cover for Design Objects and the Museum featuring a detail from a campaign image for Thomas Lommée’s Open Structures project, 2009.

Charlotte Flint researcher, curator, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 94 vol. 24, 2017


Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions, back issues and single copies of the latest issue. You can see what Eye 94 looks like at Eye before You Buy on Vimeo.


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