Hi, I’m Ellie and I’m interested in making, writing, teaching and talking about design with as broad an audience as possible. I hold a BA (Hons) in Textile Design from Glasgow School of Art, an MA Distinction in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art, and a PhD in Architecture and Cultural Studies from the University of Edinburgh.
While I have a broad interest in all aspects of design, my specific research expertise centres upon British design culture – how people talk about design, the different alliances, agendas and ideas that shape design, the organisations responsible and the objects they produce together. Generally speaking, I am less concerned with elite or luxury objects that touch the lives of the few, and much more interested in design that affects everyone. Everyday, authorless or seemingly anonymous forms of design particularly fascinate me, and I am just as interested in plugs, lampposts and hammers as I am with the use of bunting in second-hand car showrooms, or plastic grass in butchers’ display cases. To demonstrate this point, I’ve just completed my doctoral thesis on postwar British street furniture.
When I’m not photographing litterbins or admiring funny bollards, I teach design history, write and talk about my research, and make things.