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
2. Media and Comms students 2018
Lorna Hannan with RMIT University Communication Design Students with Jigsaw Factory Archive, Active Archive, RMIT Design Archives, 2019. ©Ann Carew, RMIT University
Vico Magistretti Archivio in Viaggio/Travelling Exhibition. Melbourne Design Week, 2019, Active Archive, RMIT Design Archives, 2019. ©Mauro Baracco, RMIT University
Open House Melbourne, 2019, Active Archive, RMIT Design Archives. ©Vicki Jones Photography
RMIT Design Archives, architectural and interior design collections, Modern Melbourne: European Art and Design at RMIT Since 1945, RMIT Gallery exhibition, 2019. ©Stephanie Bradford Photography
Professor Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architecture, Archive Store, RMIT Design Archives, RMIT University. Photography credit: RMIT University
Professor Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architecture, Archive Store, RMIT Design Archives. ©RMIT University
CollectionThe 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.