Alice Twemlow

Alice Twemlow is a design curator, educator, event organiser and writer. She is co-head of the MA in Design Curating & Writing at Design Academy Eindhoven and was the founding chair of the SVA MA in Design Research, Writing & Criticism in New York, 2008-2016. Twemlow has a Ph.D from the History of Design program run jointly by the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art in London, and her book, Sifting the Trash: A History of Design Criticism in the US and the UK Since 1950, will be published by MIT Press in Spring 2017.

Currently she is an active member of the Environmental Humanities Centre at VU University Amsterdam, conducting research into the material manifestations and the meanings of product design when it becomes trash, via the social behaviours, infrastructures, economies, governance, language, and systems of practice that shape and gather around its disposal. She is also developing an exhibition about self-destructing design, titled “Design Will Eat Itself.” Alice is a strong advocate for the enriching role of research in design education, and often speaks at education conferences on this topic.

Alice writes and lectures on all aspects of design culture, and has recently contributed essays and reviews to Dirty Furniture, History of Design Journal, Graphisme en France (CNAP, 2016), Design Observer, Eye, Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things (Berg, 2014), Lolita—Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design (Print, 2013), and The Aspen Complex (Sternberg Press, 2012), among other publications.

She had directed numerous design conferences including “Voice: AIGA National Design Conference” and “Being Here: Craft and Locality in Graphic Design,” and often gives papers at, or moderates, conferences, such as the Design History Society conferences, AIGA conferences, the MoMA R&D Salon series, and Tasmeem at VCU Qatar. Alice is frequently called on to be a juror for design competitions including the National Design Awards, the Core 77 Design Writing & Commentary Awards, among others.