Design History Foundation

  • Barcelona, 22nd and 23rd February 2018

    Design and Franco’s regime. II Symposium of the FHD

    CALL FOR PAPERS UNTIL 15 NOVEMBER!
    The second symposium of the FHD (Design History Foundation) precisely seeks to explore the conditions in which the material and visual culture of Spain during the Franco regime were developed and how design progressed in a context of so many contradictions. The country was faced by an economy and a society in transition from the precariousness of the post-war period through to financial growth and the autarky of industrial ‘development’; a context in which culture happened in a framework of restricted liberties, isolation and also repression. Hence modernisation occurred under conditions of political exceptionality. The design and work of the professionals in this discipline went hand in hand with the dawn of mass communication, tourism and new forms of consumption, while lifestyles were about seeking alternatives to such social realities; both during periods of growth and in the crisis of the seventies.
    Objectives and program HERE 
    REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN! Registration form

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    The symposium will take place at the Museu del Disseny Barcelona on the 22nd and 23rd February 2018

    Call for papers
    We would like to encourage historians to present 20-minute reports in which they clearly identify: a) the subjects and goals of their research, b) the methodology; c) more general causes of interest.
    Candidates must send an abstract, in no more than 300 words, of their research before 15 November 2017. Once accepted, they will receive the regulations for drafting and presenting texts.

    Collaborates: Museu del Disseny Barcelona

  • 05/02/2018 - Home

    Farewell to Anna Calvera

    On February 4, after a long illness, Anna Calvera (Barcelona, 1954) passed away. She was one of the most solid scholars and design thinkers in Spain.
    Gifted with brilliant intelligence, great memory and an unlimited work ability that allowed her to undertake any complex project, Calvera leaves an internationally recognized work in the field of theory, history and design criticism.
    In her youth she studied graphic design and philosophy in Barcelona and later moved to the University of Bologna where she met scholars such as Tomás Maldonado and Umberto Eco. Thanks to this extensive training Calvera produced a significant work in the form of articles and books. These include her original and little known PhD thesis on the breeding of Wiliam Morris’s thought (Destino, 1992); the three magnificent compilations of essays on the history of design in Barcelona that she edited between 2011 and 2017 at GRACMON; and her last, laborious book Shouts on the wall and visual poems. Josep Pla Narbona. Posters 1947-2004, published a few weeks ago by the Barcelona Museum of Design. For this museum she also curated the permanent exhibition Graphic design: from trade to profession (1940-1980).

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    Much of her professional life was devoted to teaching design, mainly at the University of Barcelona. Her great concern was to provide scientific rigor to design and struggled to make it a discipline of equal status as any that was being taught at university. She achieved that by supervising a large number of doctoral theses and her stubborn involvement in the process that led to the introduction of specific degree studies in design in the curricula of Spanish university.

    Calvera firmly believed that design is a kind of humanism, for that, in addition to her work as a researcher and teacher, we must emphasize her institutional work since we find her at the forefront of crucial institutions in the field of profession and research: she was a member of the FAD and the ADP, one of the founders of the Research Group in History of Contemporary Art and Design (GRACMON) of the UB and also a founding member of the Design History Foundation. As a result of an international meeting that she organized in Barcelona in 1999, she managed to bring together a team of scholars that would become the International Committee of Design History and Studies (ICDHS): for twenty years she would closely follow ICDHS conferences.

    With great will and determination, already quite ill, in 2017 she intended to conclude, with FHD, an encyclopedic research on design at the Roca Sanitary Corporation, to finish the monograph of Pla Narbona, to direct the latest book by GRACMON, to write an article for the scientific magazine Arcos Design and to plan down to the very last detail the ICDHS conference Back to the Future that will be held in Barcelona in October 2018.

    A restless traveler, a lover of good cuisine and a great advocate of the Mediterranean lifestyle, we will all remember her around a well set table, anywhere in the world, where she displayed her critical sense with witty comments on design, culture, politics and life.

    Isabel Campi
    President of FHD

  • 25/01/2018 - Activities FHD - Home

    In 2018 the ICDHS biennial conference returns to Barcelona

    This year the members of the ICDHS (International Committee of Design History and Design Studies) have decided to return to Barcelona, ​​commemorating the first edition of these congresses held in 1999.
    Organized by the Design History Foundation, along with GRACMON, the University of Barcelona and the Museu del Disseny, the congress will be held on October 29, 30 and 31 with the theme “Back to the future (The future in the past: Starting again understanding our own legacy)”.
    The themes and sessions proposed are framed in two large blocks: “Design History and Histories of Design” and “Design Studies”.
    The deadline for sending abstracts ended on January 10, with more than 200 proposals. All the information about the congress is available at the following link:
    http://www.ub.edu/icdhs/barcelona10+1/

  • 01/07/2015 - Activities FHD - Home

    The FHD annual reports

    From here you can access the annual reports of the Foundation since 2008 in pdf format and in Spanish.

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    These documents include a summary of the projects and activities undertaken during the year.

    Likewise you can also check the annual financial report of the Foundation.

    MEMORIA FHD 2014

    MEMORIA FDH 2013

    MEMORIA FHD 2012

    MEMORIA FHD 2011

    MEMORIA FHD 2010

    MEMORIA FHD 2009

    MEMORIA FHD 2008