Linda King

Dr. Linda King is a writer and historian specialist in analysing Irish design and visual culture as social and cultural history. She is Senior Lecturer in Design History and Visual Culture at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT), Dublin, where she was also Co-Programme Chair of the BA (Hons) Visual Communication Design (2013-2021). She sits on the Board of National Museum of Ireland and on the Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. Linda was awarded her PhD (2007) for an interdisciplinary, visually-led analysis of Aer Lingus' advertising strategies in the mid-20th century which contextualised the Irish national airline within post-WW2 expansion of international travel and tourism and Ireland's process of decolonisation. She is co-editor of Ireland, Design and Visual Culture: Negotiating Modernity, 1922–92 (2011), the first in-depth analysis of Irish design development, and has published widely on her research, both nationally and internationally. This includes essays on various aspects of the Irish and US design industries, the history of graphic design, Irish Modernism, the visual culture of tourism and travel, and 19th century philanthropic architecture. She is a regular contributor to Irish radio and television programmes including as the design curator/consultant for the popular television series, National Treasures (RTÉ1, 2018). She previously worked at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York as a researcher and assistant curator. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and the Irish Association of Professional Historians (IAPH). Linda is currently one of IADT's two Principal Investigators on the five-partner Erasmus+ project Digital Mythologies let by Aalto University (2022-24).

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