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Recording & Inventing
— image-making workshop

Anna Talley, Alex J Todd, Jennifer McHugh, Tai Cossich

Saturday, August 21
3.30–5pm (CEST/GMT+2)


Recording & Inventing is animage-making workshop for everyone interested in, or curious about, design history. In this workshop, participants will create and share something visual – this could be a collage, a poster, a board of images, a single photograph, or even a collection of sticky notes or printouts that you photograph or scan.

Those attending the DHS 2021 Annual Conference might like to create a poster or image board related to their research, or in response to conference’s theme, Memory Full? Participants might ask themselves, for instance, if memory-full-ness is about keeping records, or if it is about inventing the past? Is forget-full-ness, in turn, about erasure, or is it about daydreaming? Those not attending the conference may want to explore similar themes or, perhaps, respond to other questions: What is design history to you? What images, objects, or narratives make you excited about exploring the field?

A “starter kit” containing a wealth of online resources for image research will be sent to all participants upon registration. We encourage participants to explore these databases to find inspiration or images to include in their pieces. Before the workshop, everyone will be given the option to share their pieces with other participants via a pop-up digital archive, so the group can browse through each other’s works. Watch this space!

During the session, we will discuss each other’s posters, images, or collages. The session will function as a forum for the exchange of ideas and interests in subjects related to design history; but instead of a paper or a roundtable panel, conversations will be prompted by visual research.

We aim for the session to connect students with similar interests and serve as an open and friendly space to ask questions about design history!

This event is free and open to everyone, those registered and those not registered for the 2021 DHS Annual Conference. For those attending the conference, this session could be a great way of getting to know each other and warming up for the conference’s “digital floor”. For those not attending the conference, you are still very welcome to join in! It should be fun.
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All activities are free and open to everyone (those registered and those not registered for the DHS 2021 Annual Conference), but participants must book via Eventbrite in advance.

On the days of the events, we will operate a Zoom’s waiting room. Please come a few minutes early, as each session has a limited number of places that will be filled on a first come, first served basis. We promise to do our best to squeeze everyone in though. 🙂

If the time of the event is not looking good for you, please register anyways: All registered participants will be given the option of participating asynchronously, by sending in contributions before the day of the event.





What is this about?      

This series of pre-conference events is an initiative of the Design History Society in conjunction with the DHS 2021 Annual Conference hosted virtually from Basel, Switzerland.

All activities are free and open to everyone (those registered and those not registered for the conference), but participants must book via Eventbrite in advance.
Organising committee      

Tai Cossich
Sandra Bischler

Oral histories of researching
Andrea Foffa

Dear penpal... meet and greet
Fleur Elkerton
Karen Fraser
Felicity Hall
Jennifer McHugh

Recording & Inventing

Anna Talley
Alex J Todd
Jennifer McHugh

With special thanks to...
Jenna Allsopp
Denise Lai
Artun Özgüner
Gael Welstead

Useful links      

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