Alex J. Todd
Alex J. Todd is a design historian and educator.
His research is broadly concerned with visual culture’s potential as a process of political and cultural opposition, with a specific focus on the post-1960s Netherlands.
Currently, Alex is studying for his PhD in the school of humanities at the University of Brighton, where he is researching the politics of identity in the 1980s Netherlands through the work of graphic design collective Wild Plakken. Alex also teaches in the History of Art and Design department at the Pratt Institute in New York. Further to his teaching and research, Alex is the serving Student Officer for the Design History Society.
He has written for publications including the Journal of Design History, Eye magazine, History Today, Bloomsbury Design Library, and AIGA Eye on Design and has worked with institutions such as The Design History Society, The Design Museum, and the Hyundai Card Design Library.
Alex received a first class BA (hons) in Visual Communication from the University for the Creative Arts before completing his MA in Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art.
Recent work ︎
A review of ‘David King: Designer, Activist, Visual Historian’ by Rick Poynor for the Journal of Design History.
A review of ‘Wim Crouwel: Mr. Gridnik’ at the Stedelijk Museum in Eye Magazine.
A review of Ian Horton and Bettina Furnée’s Hard Werken: One for All in Eye magazine.
An article for AIGA Eye on Design on the collaboration of Dutch designers Anthon Beeke and Swip Stolk in the early 1970s.
An article for History Today on the conceptual protests of Dutch second-wave feminists Dolle Mina.