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  • Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design
  • World History of Design
  • Encyclopedia of Asian Design
  • eBook collection
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  • Research and Learning Tools

  • New and Coming Soon

    What's new

    November 2019

    • New reference volume: The Encyclopedia of East Asian Design
    • 74 new entries to the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design
    • 12 eBooks
    • 500 images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
    • 500 images from The National Archives, Kew

    Coming Soon

    Spring 2020

    • Digital exclusive chapters from the upcoming third volume of Victor Margolin's World History of Design
    • New entries to the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design
    • Newly commissioned designer biographies
    • New image collections from the Museum of Arts and Design, and Philadelphia Museum of Art
    • New lesson plans and bibliographic guides

    Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design

    The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design (cover: Bloomsbury Publishing)*Named as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2016*

    General Editor: Clive Edwards, Loughborough University

    Subject Editors: Harriet Atkinson, University of Brighton, UK; Dipti Bhagat, London Metropolitan University, UK; Sarah Kettley, Nottingham Trent University, UK; Sorcha O'Brien, Kingston University, UK; David Raizman, Drexel University, USA; Anne-Marie Willis, The German University in Cairo, Egypt.

    The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design comprises over 1700 authoritative reference articles by leading international design scholars on key topics in design studies and design history, providing comprehensive coverage of disciplines, designers, schools, movements and styles, national design histories and methods and processes.

    The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design is exclusively available in digital form in the Bloomsbury Design Library.



    World History of Design

    World History of Design (cover: Bloomsbury Publishing)Author: Victor Margolin

    Victor Margolin is Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. A graduate of English literature and film from Columbia University, Victor went on to obtain a PhD in design history from the Union Graduate School a non-traditional institution based in Cincinnati. His dissertation was on the graphic design of Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Margolin began teaching art and design history at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1982 and remained there until his retirement in 2006. Victor is a founder editor of the academic design journal Design Issues, and the author and editor of many books, including Design Discourse (1989), The Idea of Design (1995), Discovering Design: Explorations in Design Studies (1995), and The Designed World: Images, Objects, Environments (Berg, 2010). In 1997 he published The Struggle for Utopia: Rodchenko, Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, 1917-1946 and in 1992 a volume of his own articles, The Politics of the Artificial: Essays on Design and Design Studies. Early in the current century, Victor began work on a comprehensive global history of design, the first two volumes of which were published in 2015.

    Margolin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the organisers of the LearnXDesign conference in Chicago in 2015, for his 'exemplary contributions to design history, research, education and practice' and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Design Research Society in 2016.

    This magisterial history tells the story of crafts, decorative arts, graphic and industrial design from prehistoric times to the end of World War II. These two richly-illustrated volumes are exclusively available in digital form in the Bloomsbury Design Library. From 2019, the Bloomsbury Design Library will also feature online exclusive chapters from Volume III of the World History of Design, addressing design in the United States and Europe from 1945 to 2000.



    Encyclopedia of Asian Design

    General Editor: Haruhiko Fujita, Osaka University, Japan

    The Encyclopedia of Asian Design provides authoritative and comprehensive coverage of design and crafts history and contemporary practice across Greater Asia, from 1500 BCE to the present day. The Bloomsbury Design Library currently features two volumes of the Encyclopedia:
    • Encyclopedia of East Asian Design, Volume I of the Encyclopedia of Asian Design, addresses the histories and contexts of design in China, China’s Autonomous Regions, Hong Kong, Japan, North and South Korea, Macao, Mongolia, and Taiwan.
    • Transnational and Global Issues in Asian Design, Volume IV of the Encyclopedia of Asian Design addresses key themes such as geopolitics, aesthetics, trade and sustainability that have impacted and continue to impact the development of craft and design in Asia.

    eBook Collection

    Bloomsbury Design Library features more than 100 eBooks in design and crafts, with a broad coverage of topics in design and craft history, national design traditions, design theory and criticism. Books by leading scholars including Glenn Adamson, Leslie Atzmon, Elizabeth Guffey, Grace Lees-Maffei, Ezio Manzini and Elizabeth Resnick are fully indexed and cross searchable by keyword using our custom taxonomy.

    The cover of Design: Critical and Primary Sources: Volume 1.

    The cover of Design By Ikea: A Cultural History.

    The cover of Bauhaus Bodies: Gender, Sexuality, and Body Culture in Modernism’s Legendary Art School.

    The cover of Critical Design in Context: History, Theory, and Practice.

    The cover of Changing Things: The Future of Objects in a Digital World.







    Image Partnerships

    Top: Installation view from The Danish Chair exhibition at the Designmuseum Danmark. Middle: Breathing Glass, Museum of Art and Design. Bottom: Gold bracelet in hexagonal shape, Museum of Art and Design.Bloomsbury Design Library offers an expanding range of museum collections and exhibition archives with a rich selection of object and exhibit images from prestigious museum partners.

    The museum collections provide searchable access to object images, featuring an eclectic range of forms from sculpture to textiles to archival design drawings. Images are accompanied by helpful metadata to contextualize them and support research. The exhibition archives provide images from design exhibitions alongside essential information such as each exhibit’s concept, place, materials, and dates. Museum partners include:
    • Museum of Arts and Design, New York
    • Philadelphia Museum of Art
    • The National Archives, UK
    • Designmuseum Danmark
    • Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco

    Research and Learning Tools

    Exterior of the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. © Getty Images / Sean Gallup / StaffExclusive, specially-commissioned lesson plans and bibliographic guides help users to navigate the wealth of content on Bloomsbury Design Library.

    Lesson plans provide inspiration to bolster course teaching, consolidating material on key topics from across the platform, with links to additional reading, discussion topics, and homework assignments. Bibliographic guides provide a thematic introduction to core readings on a particular topic. Theoretical interpretations and their application in design are explained, with Bloomsbury Design Library material linked for quick access to content.