Dr. Linda King

I am Co-Programme Chair of the BA (Hons) in Visual Communication Design. I am also the Critical and Contextual Studies Co-Ordinator for the programme, specialising in the History and Theory of Design. I have a specific interest in the integration of theory and practice and also contribute to the programme's practice-based modules.


I write about Irish and graphic design as cultural history. Journals essays include Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Design and Culture, Design Issues, Eire-Ireland, Journal of Design History. I co-edited (with Elaine Sisson) Ireland, Design and Visual Culture: Negotiating Modernity (2011, CUP), the first in-depth analysis of Irish design.

Linda King, 'I Am Liza Enebeis', interview with Liza Enebeis (Studio Dumbar) for Ways and Means, Dublin2016
Linda King, '"A Sense of Place": Icons as Wayfinding', in Adrian Shaughnessy, Lance Wyman: The Monograph, Unit Editions, London2015
Linda King and Elaine Sisson, ‘Visual Shrapnel: Rethinking Irish Studies Through Visual Culture and Design Studies', in The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies2015
Linda King, 'Lance Wyman: Visual Poet', in Lance Wyman: Mexico, MUAC/UNAM, Mexico City2014
Linda King, 'Design professionalization, political economy and educational reform (1940–79)'​ and 'Evolving and emergent forms (1980–2000)', in Design and Material Culture (an essay mapping the history of Irish design) in Twentieth Century, Vol. V, The Art and Architecture of Ireland, Yale University Press2014


I am often asked to contribute content to exhibitions or to their accompanying catalogues and events.

'This Place We Call Home', Open House, Dublin, contributor to book and exhibition, October2015
'Linda King, in Conversation with Lance Wyman', public interview at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl (National Concert Hall), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), to accompany the retrospective exhibition: 'Coming and Going - Lance Wyman: Urban Icons', at The Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, October2014
'Pat Scott: Design and Industry', speaker and panel chair to accompany the exhibition: Pat Scott-Image, Space, Light, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, March2014
'Reform and Advocacy: The Legacy of the Kilkenny Design Workshops (1963-1988), essay to accompany the exhibition: Vernacular, at the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny September2013
'Visual Rhetoric and the 'Theatre of Persuasion': Abbey and Peacock Posters in Context', catalogue essay to accompany the exhibition: Playboys, Paycocks and Playbills, National Print Museum, Dublin, July2008

Research projects

My research interests focus on regional modernisms, design and political economy and design professionalisation. Specific national examples include the design activities of Aer Lingus and the Kilkenny Design Workshops, and the architectural activities of the Guinness/Iveagh Trusts. Specific international examples include the work of the American graphic designer Lance Wyman. I also have an on-going interest in mid-century modernism in American graphic and industrial design; this arose from working on the Henry Dreyfuss retrospective 'Directing Design' at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. I have written, lectured, broadcast (television and radio) and organised conferences and symposia on these and other design-related issues.

I have been an advisor, researcher and contributor to a number of national organisations on design issues including:

Newgrange Pictures for the four-part RTE television series, Designing Ireland2015
The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland for Year of Irish Design2015
Kilkenny Design Workshops Legacy Committee2015–present
100 Archive, Inaugural Curatorial Panel2013–2015
Dublin City Council/Dublin City Architects for Pivot: Dublin's bid for World Design Capital designation2011


International keynote and invited talks include those at: The Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City; DCrit, School of Visual Arts, New York; Aalborg University, Denmark; Concordia University, Montreal. National talks include: DCU, IMMA, NGI, NMI, NPM, RIA, RIAI, TCD, TBSG, UCD.

‘“Particles of Meaning”: Re-evaluating Irish Modernism through Design’, Marginal Irish Modernisms Symposium, Trinity College, Dublin, May2016
'Advertising Ireland: Dublin Airport, Aer Lingus and the Visualisation of the Nation Building Project', at Airport Cultures, Institute for Modern Language Research, London, April 2016
'A Fuzzy Mixture of Accident and Design: The Design and Production of the 1916 Proclamation', for RTE's Reflecting the Rising, (Dublin-wide, public event), March 28, RIA2016
'Art + Politics = Design: Visualising Cultural Identity in 20th Century Ireland' and 'The Future of the Book', Temple Bar Studios and Galleries, November2015
'A Sense of Ireland’: Graphic Design and Identity at the Kilkenny Design Workshops', at Latitudes: Irish Studies in an International Context, ACIS/CAIS conference, UCD, June2014

Awards + Achievements

I have co/organised many events on design issues. These include the conferences: 'Small Histories: Visual and Material Culture and Popular Experience, 1870‐1921’ (2012); Artefact Study Days (2010-12); On The Edge? Design and Material Culture In and Of Ireland (2003); and public lectures by Wolfgang Weingart, Rick Poynor and Art Spiegelman.

Canadian Association of Irish Studies, invited member of the International Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies2015
Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) Eye for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Irish Design' as part of Pivot/Dublin City Council team that researched and formulated the bid for Dublin's World Design Capital Designation2011
Artefact: Journal of the Association of Irish Art Historians, invited member of editorial board, editor, mentor to contributors2010–2013
Design History Society, Publications Award to support the publication of the book 'Ireland, Design and Visual Culture: Negotiating Modernity, 1922-1992'2010
AICA: International Association of Art Critics (UNESCO affliated), invited member2002–present


I have been employed as an external examiner for a number of colleges and universities. These include:

Graphic Design and Illustration, University of Brighton2014–present
Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design2011–2014
Design, Visual Communications, Digital Media, Athlone Institute of Technology2011–2014
Visual Communications, Waterford Institute of Technology2007–2010
Critical and Contextual Studies, Limerick Institute of Technology2002– 2005