Tania Messell is a design historian whose research focuses on design professionalisation, design and
globalisation and design for development in the twentieth century. She holds an MA from the History of Design programme run by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art and a PhD from the University of Brighton. Her doctoral research examined the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and its attempts to represent and further the profession in the global Cold War (1950-1980). As part of ‘Governing through Design’, she is investigating the meeting of designers and humanitarian actors in the second half of the twentieth century through an examination of selected practitioners and objects.
Author of several peer-reviewed publications and co-editor of International Design Organisations: Histories, Legacies, Values(Bloomsbury, forthcoming), she has also acted as a lecturer of design history and theory at the University of Brighton and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Her research has received the support of the University of Brighton, the Royal College of Art and the Design History Society.