The Story of Scottish Design

Philip Long, Joanna Norman

The first major history of Scottish design published to coincide with the opening of the V&A Museum of Design, Dundee, in 2018

Prompted by the opening of the V&A Museum of Design, Dundee, this is the first major survey of Scottish design history from 1500 to present day.

This inspiring and hugely varied volume explores, chronologically, over 60 themes, from early manuscripts and vernacular furniture to urban planning, textile design, the emergence of videogame development in Dundee, and Scotland’s role as a world leader in renewable technology development. Figures such as architect Robert Adam, engineer Thomas Telford, artist Eduardo Paolozzi, fashion designer Holly Fulton, designer Christopher Dresser, and designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh are testament to Scotland’s role as a major player in design.

Scottish designers continue to have a profound and creative influence on design history. Throughout the modern age, their highly original and pioneering designs have showcased Scotland’s significance on the international stage.


Philip Long

Edited By

Philip Long is Director of V&A Dundee.

Joanna Norman

Edited By

Joanna Norman is Deputy Head of Research at the V&A and Lead Curator for the Scottish Design Galleries at V&A Dundee.