• Barcelona, 29, 30 & 31 October 2018

    Open registration for the ICDHS Conference in Barcelona!

    Reduced price for early registration until July 31!

    It is now possible to register for the 10 + 1 conference of the International Committee of Design History and Design Studies (ICDHS), which will be held in Barcelona from October 29 to 31, with the theme “Back to the Future. The future in the past “, which refers to the legacy of the previous editions of this biennial conference and to the numerous areas of research that have been discussed since its first edition in Barcelona, ​​in 1999.
    Thus, in this edition the communications have been grouped into ten thematic blocks, ranging from “Territories in the scene of globalised Design: localisms and cosmopolitisms”, to “Vehicles of design criticism”. The thematic axes can be consulted here:
    During the three days of the conference, about 170 communications will be presented by some of the most internationally recognized historians and design professionals.
    For reasons of capacity, the ICDHS 10 + 1 conference will host a maximum of 300 participants. Therefore, both authors and attendees must register in advance.
    You can consult all the information about the conference and register at the following link:

  • Barcelona, 22nd and 23rd February 2018

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

    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

  • 25/01/2018 - Activities FHD - Conferences

    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:

  • Terrassa, 17-18 November, 2017

    The Proceedings Book of the I Colloquium of Researchers in Textile and Fashion is now available!

    The proceedings book of the I Colloquium of Researchers in Textile and Fashion, held in November 17 and 18 of 2017 at the Center for Documentation and Textile Museum (CDMT) of Terrassa, can already be consulted on the website of the Design History Foundation. It is also possible to buy the printed book through the same website.
    To visualize the proceedings book, select here.
    The book includes the 42 communications presented in the colloquium, with the images selected by the authors, and with a very attractive design that facilitates the consultation of its more than 230 pages.

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    Cover image: Campaign La Seda de Barcelona, ​​1964. Model: Francina (courtesy Francia Díaz)


  • 7-10 September 2011, Barcelona

    Design Activism and Social Change Conference

    The FHD will organise the Design History Society annual conference in 2011
    The Design History Society Annual Conference,
    will take place 7-10 September 2011, Barcelona

    Call for Papers
    Theme: Design Activism and Social Change
    Venues: Facultat d’Història de l’Art de la Universitat de Barcelona and ADI FAD
    Convenor:  Guy Julier
    Organizers:  Fundacio Historia del Disseny, Barcelona

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    Design activism has emerged in recent years as a term to denote creative practices that invoke social, political and environmental agency. Typically, it distances itself from commercial or mainstream public policy-driven approaches. Instead, it embraces marginal, non- profit or politically engaged design theories, articulations and actions.

    This conference offers an important opportunity for design students, academics and practitioners to participate in the development of historical enquiry into design activism. It welcomes the presentation of original research that helps deepen and widen our understanding of its practices and theories, contexts and discourses.  The types of design expression that this conference includes, but are not limited to, are professional and non-professional industrial, graphic, craft, textile, fashion, urban, spatial, interior, digital and service design.

    Closing date for receipt of abstracts: 31 January 2011

    Further details: