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RMIT Design Archives

The RMIT Design Archives actively collects material relating to Melbourne design from the twentieth century onwards, and is an integral part of a vibrant research centre in the heart of the city. Both digital and material, the collections represent historical and contemporary practices which tell the story of Melbourne as a design city, and provide the resources and support for research into Melbourne’s designed environment, design professions and practices.

RMIT Design Archives, Building 100, RMIT University. Architect Sean Godsell. ©Vicki Jones Photography

The RDA collects in design fields represented in the teaching and research programs at RMIT University and broader community including: Textile design; Fashion design (including jewellery); Interior design; Industrial design; Graphic design (Communication design); Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Sound Design and Design Education at RMIT. The RDA collects those artefacts that can reveal and contextualise the design process itself. Artefacts may include but are not limited to: toiles, patterns, plans, drawings, photographs, digital visualisations, as well as ephemera and other records of the life of a practice, for example, correspondence, notes, labels, swatches, photos, promotional materials, sketchbooks, scrapbooks and archives.

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