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The research focus “Design History” in the research unit Visual Communication is dedicated to the critical examination of received historical narratives, emphasising original research conducted via oral history and within archives. By considering overlooked design objects, probing constellations of production and use, and uncovering the accounts of protagonists who have so far been overshadowed, our research challenges established histories and reveals the socio-cultural, technological, and political forces that have influenced design choices. In addition, we emphasise the significance of local and global design histories, recognising the unique ways in which design manifests within varying cultural contexts, and shedding light on the ways in which design has reflected and shaped societies.