International Journal of Art & Design Education

Producing the Goods: Design History and the Production of Knowledge

Volume 9.1   1990



John Hewitt challenges the belief that design history possesses a body of knowledge uniquely its own. He argues that design history exists as a discipline, but not as an uncontentious body of information that may be neutrally transmitted through education. This discipline is engaged in the activity of producing value-laden, rather than disseminating value-free, information. For John Hewitt this means that it must be taught as an open-problematic subject, with an emphasis on the generation of alternative interpretations, so as not to allow one particular cultural fiction to predominate.