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Chair of Editorial Board
Penny Sparke

Managing Editor
Grace Lees-Maffei

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Journal of Design History is a leading journal in its field. It plays an active role in the development of design history, as well as contributing to to the broader field of studies of visual and material culture.

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Histories of design pedagogy: virtual issue

Histories of design pedagogy

This free virtual special issue gathers material from the archive to juxtapose distinct investigations into design education across various geographies, contexts, relationships and methodological concerns.

Blog post: aesthetics and the Victorian Christmas card

Aesthetics and the Victorian Christmas card

When we think of Christmas cards, we usually picture holly, Santas, or nativity scenes. Very rarely would we picture a summer woodland scene with cherubs. But this was one of the most successful Christmas cards of the 1882 holiday season.

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Beyond Dutch design: special issue

Beyond Dutch design

Drawing on recent discussions on national canons and critiques of methodological nationalism, this special issue proposes alternatives for a more dynamic understanding of Dutch design and national design canons. Explore the special issue, currently free to read for a short time.

Thematic special issues

Thematic special issues

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