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Design in Quarantine was founded in April of 2020 in order to document and preserve in real time design responses to the Coronavirus pandemic. We feel that it is urgent for design historians to respond as swiftly to the coronavirus pandemic as designers are themselves. The closure of museums, libraries, and archives has forced a shift upon traditional design history research methodologies and forms of archiving. Inspired by the technique of rapid-response curation in museums, the digital collection of this archive is a real-time example of changing research methods in light of recent events. 


We seek to collect works which are integral to representing the evolution of design responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Our aim is to represent the range of responses across design disciplines including but not limited to graphics, architectural concepts, product and furniture design, and bespoke craft.

All works selected for inclusion are relevant to our rationale and outcomes.

We rigorously research the work of design to its inclusion in the archive. This research includes:
the creator and owner of the work;
the date the work was created;
the countries in which the work was created (if relevant);

Works collected are not only exceptional pieces in themselves but also relate to broader issues concerning the pandemic such as mental and physical health, evolving technologies, and societal change. 

Design in Quarantine makes no claim to have created or own the copyrights to any of the works we have collected. All copyright remains with the original, credited creator of the work. If you are a creator and would like to contest or correct an attribution, or would like your work removed from the archive, please email us at

Design in Quarantine does not make any claims to promote or endorse entries of commercial products included on the platform. We do not profit from the inclusion of projects, nor should we be considered a consumer platform. Many projects included in the archive are concepts and have not been actualised. We have done our best to indicate which projects are conceptual. If you recognise that this has not been made clear in a particular instance, please send us an email at with a link to the project.


By creating this archive, we aim for the material within to be publicly accessible beyond simply searching within the interface of our site.

Design in Quarantine has been approved to be archived by the UK Web Archive, which collects and preserves sites of scholarly and cultural importance from the UK. Archived copies of Design in Quarantine can be viewed within the six UK Legal Deposit libraries which include: the Bodleian Libraries, the British Library, Cambridge University Libraries, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, and the libraries at Trinity College, Dublin. Please visit this link to access archived copies of Design in Quarantine if you are within a UK Legal Deposit Library.

You can also find a .xlsx file of every object on the site (sans images) here. This file is open for anyone to download and use for research.


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Design in Quarantine is a project by Fleur Elkerton and Anna Talley, postgraduate design historians at the Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England.