Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society
Commonplace Yet Extraordinary: Design Histories of Everyday Objects
Friday, May 16, 2008
The conference Commonplace Yet Extraordinary: Design Histories of Everyday Objects will take place Friday May 16, 2008 at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware between 9 am and 5 pm. Elizabeth Shove (Lancaster University) will deliver the opening keynote and Glenn Porter (Director Emeritus of the Hagley Museum and Library) will summarize the symposium's proceedings in a closing address. Noted industrial designer Sam Highberger, creator of many products including the Secretary Thermo-Fax machine, also will address the meeting.
Registration is free but required. To register or for more information contact Carol Lockman, Hagley Museum and Library at (302) 658-2400, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday May 16, Copeland Room, Hagley Museum and Library
9:00-9:45 Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University
"The Design of Everyday Life"
10:00-12:00 Household Objects
Howell J. Harris, Durham University
"The Stove Trade Needs Change Continually"
Kjetil Fallan, University of Southern Denmark
"One must offer something for everyone- Designing Crockery for Consumer Consent in 1950s Norway"
Bess Williamson, University of Delaware
"Whose Everyday? Disability in the Design of Marc Harrison's Cuisinart "
Comment: Harvey Molotch, New York University
1:00-1:45 Sam Highberger
"The 1958 Secretary and More"
2:00-4:00 Things in Public
Barbara Fahs Charles, Staples & Charles, Ltd
"What Goes Around, Comes Around: The Design History of the Merry-Go-Round"
Jim Arnold, Ohio State University
"The Pop Tent Revolution and the Development of Field Research Methods in Industrial Design"
Noah McClain, New York University
"Designing for Discipline: The New York Subway Turnstile and the Distribution of Criminality"
Comment: Susan Strasser, University of Delaware
4:30-5:00 Glenn Porter, Hagley Museum and Library