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Exhibiting a Politics of Graphic Design History

Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series

Poster on fence

This presentation by Professor Teal Triggs, Associate Dean of School of Communication, will deliver a paper exploring the curation and interpretation of graphic design history in the light of the 'politics of display', and the role of the designer therein.

  • From: Thursday 14 March 2019, 12.30 pm
  • To: Thursday 14 March 2019, 2 pm
  • Location: DIC015, Djanogly International Centre (DICE), Clarendon Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP
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This paper will explore the curation and interpretation of graphic design history in the light of the ‘politics of display’, and the role of the designer therein. ‘Politics’ suggests ‘a dynamic power-play of competing knowledges, intentions and interests’. (MacDonald 1998: 3) The history of graphic design is more than a history of graphic objects. It is also a history of narratives formulated around process, production, social interaction and discourse. Examples from contemporary graphic design exhibitions will be used to explore a process of ‘decontextualisation’ and to elucidate what this means for an expanded practice of the graphic designer as curator, historian and creator.


Teal Triggs, is a Professor of Graphic Design and Associate Dean, School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London. As a graphic design historian, critic and educator she has lectured and broadcast widely and her writings on design pedagogy, self-publishing, and feminism have appeared in numerous edited books and international design publications. She is author of Fanzines (Thames & Hudson)and the children’s book The School of Art (Wide Eyed) which was shortlisted for the ALCS 2016 Educational Writer’s Award. Her recent book The Graphic Design Reader (Bloomsbury, 2019) is co-edited with Leslie Atzmon.

Further information

This seminar will be hosted by Dr Katherine Townsend, Associate Professor in Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design.

Attendance at this event is free. For any queries, please contact Dr Katherine Townsend.

Image: ‘From Nope to Hope’ exhibition poster, Brixton. Image by Peter Kennard; Designer Charlie Waterhouse, 2018. Photo credit: Teal Triggs


12:30-13:00 Light lunch

13:00-13:30 Presentation

13:30-14:00 Q&A

Location details


Djanogly International Centre (DICE)
Clarendon Street

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