The History Design Studio (HDS) is part of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.
It is a workshop for new ideas in multimedia history. Joining a commitment to the professional practice of history with an experimental approach to form and presentation, the HDS is a creative space where students and scholars can design new modes of historical storytelling. We express historians’ core values through the innovative methods of artisanship and craft. Extensive use of primary sources, keen historiographical awareness, attention to change over time, and an overarching respect for evidence guide our projects in databasing, storyboarding, audiovisual narration, performance, cartography, and software development. By stretching the canvas of historical scholarship, studio participants make lasting contributions to the understanding of the past and its many meanings.
The HDS Spring Semester exhibit will be on display in the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery of Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, starting 17 May 2019.