A hallmark of research in the Centre for Design History is the strong relationships between University of Brighton researchers and partners in the cultural sector (principally galleries and museums) on research projects that support high-level research.
These provide significant financial underpinning for published outcomes (catalogues), online platforms and exhibitions while leading to wide public engagement through visitor figures and public outreach programmes for informal and formal learning.
History of design research at Brighton has pioneered new methods of analysis and practices of interpretation to transform understandings of how design is produced, marketed and consumed:
Firstly, it has changed understanding among policy makers and professionals of how transnational networks of design work.
Secondly, it has shaped the study and public appreciation of the history of design through publication and exhibition, and it has determined the kind of design that is collected and displayed.
Thirdly, it has become an international nucleus for curriculum development in design history with impact on the teaching of the subject at all levels, nationally and internationally.