The Department of Illustration

Design Research Unit

Posted in Uncategorized by The Department of Illustration on January 3, 2011

travelling exhibition coming to Liverpool John Moores University, 4 Mar – 1 Apr 2011


creative review

Cubitt announces a national touring exhibition about the history of the Design Research Unit.

Formed in London in 1942, the Unit was responsible for some of the most important design produced in post-war Britain. It pioneered a model for group practice, being the first consultancy in the country to bring together expertise in architecture, graphics and industrial design. By the 1970s it was one of the largest and most established design offices in Europe. This exhibition will be the first of its kind, mapping the history of the group and the currency of their designs. It will identify key examples of their work and document an approach that was shaped by inter-war developments in artistic discourse and post war trends in industry and communication; in particular the accelerated demand for corporate design.


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