Wednesday 18 January 2017 – Lunchtime Seminar with Prof Paul Atkinson (Design, SHU)

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Speaker: Professor Paul Atkinson (Professor of Design and Design History) Title: The Electric Guitar: A Design History Pauls’ academic research covers a wide variety of subjects, all concerned in one way or another with the relationship between society and technology. The relationship between people and technological artefacts is explored through his writings on the design history of computers. The impact […]

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Professor Paul Atkinson to give lecture at Oxford University on 26 November 2016

Front cover of Professor Paul Atkinson's 'Delete' published by Bloomsbury

Professor Paul Atkinson has been invited to give a lecture about the research behind his book Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware to Masters students in History of Design at Oxford University on Saturday 26 November 2016. While most historical accounts of the development of computer design focus on specific computers or manufacturers, examining the success stories of hardware […]

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Wednesday 16 December 2015 – Lunchtime seminar with Professor Paul Atkinson (Design & Design History, SHU)

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Title: The Electric Guitar – A Design History Speaker: Professor Paul Atkinson (Design & Design History, SHU) The electric guitar is a unique thing: at once ubiquitous and quotidian, and yet extraordinary and distinctive. Its sound is heard every day by millions of people in many different forms of music, consumed unconsciously by many, very consciously by some. Electric guitars […]

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Design Frontiers: Territories, Concepts, Technologies – Edited by Professor Paul Atkinson

Front cover of Design Frontiers - Territories, Concepts, Technologies edited by Paul Atkinson

Design Frontiers: Territories, Concepts, Technologies contains a series of articles based on some of the best papers presented during the 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies (ICDHS) held in São Paulo, Brazil, in September 2012. The conference gathered researchers from 26 different countries from America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. The topic chosen for the […]

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Paul Atkinson’s ‘Delete’ featured in ICON magazine

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Professor Paul Atkinson is to be featured in the April edition of ICON magazine, in a six-page spread featuring examples of vapourware from Paul’s book Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware. See below for an extract: Vapourware is a term for computer products that a company announces, but doesn’t put into production. This might seem a straightforward concept, but […]

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The Design Journal moves to Sheffield Hallam University as Paul Atkinson becomes editor

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After 16 years as editor of The Design Journal, Professor Rachel Cooper has handed the baton over to Professor Paul Atkinson, Professor of Design and Design History at the Art and Design Research Centre. Rachel has edited the Journal since its inception in 1997, nurturing it into an internationally respected depository of design knowledge and debate. Professor Paul Atkinson, previously […]

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