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Best laid plans: mapping the V&A by Andrew McIlwraith

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Andrew McIlwraith is a PhD researcher in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. His research is funded by the AHRC Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training of which the V&A is a partner.   It’s no secret that the V&A is a complicated building. Even regular visitors may struggle […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2015 Shortlist

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  With just over two weeks to go before the winners are announced, the judges of the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards have whittled down the entries from nearly a thousand to just three in each category. On the 18th of May we’ll find out the winners of the awards for:

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Prototyping social design research

ProtoPublics Sprint Workshop, Lancaster, 16-17 April 2015.

ProtoPublics Sprint Workshop, Lancaster, 16-17 April 2015. ‘Agile’, ‘creative’ and ‘participatory’ are not words usually associated with (what is sometimes perceived to be) the slow and exclusive world of academic research. But on 16-17 April, a group of 45 researchers from the arts and humanities got together in Lancaster to explore, test and push these boundaries at […]

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Fashioning Professionals: Reflections on a Symposium

Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991).

Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948.

Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.

  .   Photo: Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991), Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948, Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.  What does it mean to be seen and represented as a ‘creative professional’? This was the question we set out to address on Friday 27th March at a symposium hosted by the V&A Research Department […]

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A Matter of Luxury – Annie Warburton, Creative Programmes Director, Crafts Council

Photo Heini Schneebeli, Courtesy of the Crafts Council

Affluenza.  Stuffocation.  There’s no shortage of punning neologisms when it comes to our uneasy relationship with having too many things.  The unease mounts when we enter the territory of quantity and quality, excess and taste: the land of luxury.  Whether positioned as luxury’s redeemer or pitted against it, craft is seized upon as an antidote […]

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Installation Mode!

Sketch of mounting proposal for Hermes saddle

Final preparations for the upcoming exhibition What is Luxury? are in full swing now as we rapidly approach the start of the exhibition build. Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at some of the activities the team has been involved in over the past couple of months. Graphics Title signage is the first thing […]

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11 Tips for Writing a Killer Proposal

The Process of Design Squiggle by Damien Newman, Central Office of Design

Between Christmas and New Year, colleagues and I had the pleasure of combing through 33 responses to a request for proposal we posted through the OJEU (that’s a European procurement framework, if you’ve not yet had the pleasure…) I’m not being sarcastic: over the course of that week, we saw some incredible proposals and some […]

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Richard Brendon: Contemporary blue-and-white ceramics

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I am excited to be exhibiting some of my work in Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics at The Victoria and Albert Museum. A London based designer and British bone china specialist, I pride myself on producing contemporary ceramics that fit my ethos of being considered, refined and dynamic designs.   My inquisitive nature has led me to […]

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Inspired to Make: Angry Birds

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As the last days of 2014 fly away, the Fabric of India team is working hard to be ready for what will surely be a very busy year. We’re packing in as much as we can before 2015 arrives – mocking up displays, measuring extra fabric, and formatting our labels. As we go, we are – […]

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What is Luxury?

Chasuble, 1670-95, V&A: 743-1870
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘What is Luxury?’ is the final exhibition in a triennial series organised in collaboration with the Crafts Council. It follows from the successful ‘Power of Making’ in 2011. This exhibition is not focused on luxury consumption. Given that the V&A is located in one of the most consolidated areas of luxury consumption from food to […]

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