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The ‘Myth’ of Global Design History



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Criticised for its lack of diversity, the design history canon has sought to redeem itself by integrating a ‘global’ notion to make up for excluding the histories of nations in the Global South. But what constitutes a global design history and why are certain people representative of an entire region?

This lecture presents ‘global’ design as a myth, an Anglospheric invention that embellishes the existing canon through terms dictated by the dominant design narratives of the Global North.

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  • Danah Abdulla

    Danah Abdulla is a designer, educator and researcher interested in new narratives and practices in design that push the disciplinary boundaries and definitions of the discipline. She is the Head of Graphic Design at Camberwell, Chelsea, and Wimbledon Colleges of Art, University of the Arts London (U...
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