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Bret Smith

Know of a web site that has relevant design history information? Send it on. We hope that this listing will grow to become another resource to aid designers in examining our profession's roots.



General History Related Sites

Association of Women Industrial Designers (AWID)

Design Addict

Tribu-Design 20th Century Database on Furniture

Wall Street Journey


Washington Post

Trend Watching

Industrial Chic

Wisconsin Historical Society

Encyclopedia of Chicago



Museums and Libraries

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum


Vitra Design Museum

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Design Museum Gent

The IDE Virtual Design Museum - University of Delft

Wolfsonian-Florida International University

Art Institute of Chicago

Museum of Science and industry

Henry Ford Museum


London Transportation Museum

Hagley Library and Museum

National Museum of America History

Noguchi Museum



Corporate Sites

RCA (Radio Corporation of America) Categorized paragraphs describe the evolution of the radio/television/electronics industry.

Knoll International A brief history of Knoll furniture that includes a link to an extensive photo bank of their product images.

Ford Motor Company An extensive site paying tribute to Ford's heritage in design and manufacturing.

Chrysler Motor CompanyThe story of the Chrysler company and its automobiles.

General Motors A very detailed history of GM complete by timeline with video clips from highlights over the years.

Sunbeam The history of Sunbeam and the design of their appliances.

IBM A wonderfully in-depth history of Big Blue with an interactive timeline.

Olivetti Follow the path of design through Olivetti's office products.

International Housewares Association





Personality Sites

Donald Deskey

Charles & Ray Eames

Buckminster Fuller

Walter Gropius

Raymond Loewy

George Nelson

Gilbert Rohde

Mies Van der Rohe

Brooks Stevens

Ed Zagorski

Eva Zeisel

Norman Bel Geddes

Russel Wright

Viktor Schreckengost



Special Topics

Cell Phones


General Design Sites

Design Feast


Core77/industiral design magazine