MA, PhD) is Course Director in History of Design in the School of History
of Design and Head of the School of Humanities at the Royal College of Art.
He studied the History of Art at the University of Sussex before completing
a PhD on the subject of early twentieth-century graphic design in Germany.
He was Senior Lecturer in Design History at the University of Brighton and
joined the V&A/RCA programme in 1991, firstly as Course Tutor at the
Victoria and Albert Museum. His research interests include modernism and
design, design and graphic representation, as well as national identity
As Director of the Centre he will contribute to the Focused Study on The Modern Magazine and the Design of the Domestic Interior, 1880-1930. Professor Aynsley jointly curated the 20th Century Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum and has organised exhibitions on German graphic design for the Wolfsonian Foundation, Florida International University and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His publications include Internationalism and Nationalism in Design (V&A, 1994), Graphic Design in Germany, 1890-1945 (Thames and Hudson, 2000) and A Century of Graphic Design (Mitchell Beazley, 2001). He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Design History.