Design: history and historiography

Up to this day, the following contribution by Vanni Pasca held at the First International Congress of Historical Studies on Design (Milan, 1991), represents a paper of considerable relevance. Analyzing the main historical and historiographical theories and techniques related to design – and not only – he identifies critical paths and useful methodologies for research.

Design in History

is important contribution, Margolin examines the role of design history in the broader context of social, economic and technical histories. Through a historiographical and bibliographic analysis he enquires and seeks to answer some of the questions for which design histories that are often too specialised in nature make up only a marginal position in the community of historians in spite of the pervasiveness of design in the social world. [1]

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  1. is important contribution, Margolin examines the role of design history in the broader context of social, economic and technical histories. Through a historiographical and bibliographic analysis he enquires and seeks to answer some of the questions for which design histories that are often too specialised in nature make up only a marginal position in the community of historians in spite of the pervasiveness of design in the social world.