[Jeremy Aynsley]


Profession: Design Historian

Year of Birth: 1955

Interviewer: Dr Harriet Atkinson
Location: Research Office, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London

Jeremy Aynsley is Professor of Design History at the University of Brighton. He graduated in History of Art at the University of Sussex (BA, MA), before pursuing doctoral research at the Royal College of Art. Before taking up his appointment at Brighton, he was Professor of History of Design at the Royal College of Art, where he was also Director of Research from 2009.
Professor Aynsley has published extensively on late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century design in Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on design in modern Germany. He is especially interested in the phenomenon of the migration of Modernism, avant-garde and commercial visual languages in graphic design, as well as the education and professionalisation of the designer. A further research specialism is in the history of the domestic interior and its representation through publication and exhibition.
As the recipient of major research grant awards, Professor Aynsley was Director of the AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior (RCA, V&A and Royal Holloway, University of London) from 2001 to 2006, and Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded research project The Viennese Café and Fin-de-Siècle Culture from 2006 to 2009 (RCA, Birkbeck, University of London).
Professor Aynsley has also contributed to several exhibitions. Most recently, in 2009–11, he contributed to the exhibition and publication, California Design, 1930–1965: ‘Living in a Modern Way’, a project led by Wendy Kaplan of the Department of Design and Decorative Arts at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Aynsley, J. (2009) Designing Modern Germany, London: Reaktion Books
Aynsley, J. (2001) A Century of Graphic Design, London: Mitchell Beazley
Aynsley, J. (2000) Graphic Design in Germany 1890–1945, London: Thames & Hudson
Aynsley, J. (1994) Nationalism and Internationalism in Design in the 20th Century, London: V&A Publishing

Essays and Chapters
Aynsley, J. (2013) “Allemagne-Suisse,” in Dominique Forest (ed.), L’Art du design, Paris: Citadelles et Mazenod
Aynsley, J. (2013) “Graphic and Interior Design in the Viennese coffeehouse around 1900: Experience and Identity,” in C. Ashby, T. Gronberg and S. Shaw-Miller (eds), Vienna Café, New York and Oxford: Berghahn
Aynsley, J. (2011) “Developing a Language of Vision: Graphic Design in California, 1930-65,” in W. Kaplan (ed.), California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp.263–88
Aynsley, J. (2009) “Goodbye Lenin! Wolfgang Becker (2003).” Design and Culture, 1:2, July 2009, pp.189–92
Aynsley, J. (2007) “Pochoir Prints: publishing the designed interior,” in Sarah Schleuning (ed.), Moderne, fashioning the modern interior, Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press
Aynsley, J. (2007) “Foreword,” in Zero: Hans Schleger – a life of design, London: V&A Publishing
Aynsley, J. (2007) “Fashioning Graphics in the 1920s: typefaces, magazines and fashion,” in J. Aynsley and K. Forde (eds), Design and the Modern Magazine, 1890-1930, Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 37–55
Aynsley, J. (2006) “Displaying Designs for the Domestic Interior in Europe and America, 1850-1950,” in J. Aynsley and C. Grant (eds), Imagined Interiors, representing the domestic interior since the Renaissance, London: V&A Publications, pp. 190–215
Aynsley, J. (2006) “The Modern Period Room, a contradiction in terms?” in T. Keeble, B. Martin and P. Sparke (eds), The Modern Period Room, London: Routledge, pp. 8–30
Aynsley, J. (2005) “Graphic Change: Design Change: magazines for the domestic interior, 1890-1930.” Journal of Design History, 19:1, pp. 43–60
Aynsley, J. (2003) “Art Deco Graphic Design and Typography,” in C. Benton, T. Benton and G. Wood (eds), Art Deco 1910-1939, London: V&A Publications, pp. 296-303
Aynsley, J. (2003) “Modern Commercial Typography 1936: an archive of jobbing printing at the Victoria and Albert Museum,” in C. Wilk (ed.), The Decorative Arts Society 1850 to present, no. 17
Aynsley, J. (1994) “Pressa Cologne, 1928: exhibitions and publication design in the Weimar period”, Design Issues, 10:3 (autumn), pp.52–76
Aynsley, J. (1992) “Gebrauchsgraphik as an early graphic design journal, 1924-1939”, Journal of Design History, 5:1, pp. 53–72
Aynsley, J. (1992) “Fifty Years of Penguin Design,” in Fifty Penguin Years, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, pp. 105–34
“Graphic Design,” in Hazel Conway (ed.), Design History: A Student’s Handbook, London: Unwin Hyman, pp.134–61; reprinted in Sara De Bondt and Catherine de Smet (eds), Graphic Design: History in the Writing, London: Occasional Papers, 2013

[Curator.] Signs of Art and Commerce: German graphic design 1890–1945, V&A, London (1997)

[Co-curator with Marianne Lamonaca.] Print, Power and Persuasion: Graphic Design in Germany 1890–1945, the Wolfsonian, Florida International University (2001); the Bard Center for Graduate Studies, New York (2001); Rhode Island School of Design Museum (2002); and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011)

[Contributor to exhibition and publication.] California Design, 1930–1965: ‘Living in a Modern Way’, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011)