Design History

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Running head: DESIGN HISTORY

An analysis of Tony Fry’s approaches to studying and representing design history

For a long time, there have been discussions concerning the rewriting of design history. Consequently, the need to re-invent disciplines and approaches to design history has sparked greater intellectual probe on issues of sustainability and credibility. This paper seeks to critically analyze some of the various approaches to studying and representing design history as argued by Tony Fry. The paper will discuss connoisseurship and the object in space and finally assess there effects on the understanding of research design.
Design history can be succinctly defined as the study of design based on their respective historical and stylistic contexts. As a discipline, design history has its roots in Britain in the early 1970s. The existing literature indicates that, design history encompasses wide range of issues that revolve around various spheres of the society including social, political, technical, cultural and technical aspects of the society. Consequently, some of the various objects of study include crafts, industrial design, product design, interiors, and fashion among other artistic features (Lees-Maffei, 2009; Clark & Brody, 2009). Furthermore, the original design history has undergone tremendous changes based that have largely shaped the discipline. Fallan (2010) contends that, design history can be said to be shifting toward focusing on methods of production and consumption. Tony fry is among some the prominent scholars who have tried to describe the dominant perspectives employed in the understanding the history of design.
Consequently, in his book Design History Australia written in 1988, Tony Fry tries to analyze how connoisseurship is exemplified in Bayle’s In Good Shape. As a…...

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