Curator of design at the Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín and academic staff member of Faculty of Multimedia Communications at Tomas Bata University in Zlín.
Vít Jakubíček works as a curator of the design collection at the Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín and his main professional interests are the 20th-century history of architecture and design (he focuses mainly on the Zlín School of Art, the history of industrial design and its important personalities). Currently, he also teaches courses focused on the history of design and architecture at the Faculty of Multimedia Communications and the Faculty of Management and Economics at the Tomas Bata University in Zlín, but he is also an external lecturer teaching the history of design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology.
He completed his doctoral studies at Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Multimedia and Design and History of Art at the Faculty of Philosophy of Masaryk University in Brno.
He is the author of the exhibition projects Island of Art in the Sea of Industry - Zlín School of Art (1939-1949) and Reason versus Sensibility: Zlín Industrial Design 1918-1958, Reason versus Cit²: Zlín Industrial Design 1959-1992, as well as a number of smaller monographic exhibitions (Zlín, Cradle of Czech Design, Zdeněk Hybler - Bata Poster, Zlín Region through the Eyes of Vladimír Hroch, Zdeněk Hybler Vojtěch Štolf: "I want to educate at least two pupils for the theatre", Antonín Horák 100, Art (f)or work, School of Art in Zlín - Secondary School of Arts and Crafts in Uherské Hradiště), Zlín Salons 1936-1948, also realized in cooperation with the Václav Chad Gallery (Alex Beran: Zlín Afternoon, Jan Rajlich: Depth of Surface, František Chmelař: The Painter Who Wrote Poems).
That the machine not only produces economically, but that the people operating it do not suffer physically or psychologically
The paper refers to the roots of Zlín design in the 1940s, associated with the effort to design hand tools and machines with ergonomic considerations in mind. Or that the design should not only not hurt the user, but should help the user, and thus become a certain functional extension, literally "an artificial extension or adjustment of the human hand, an armament for a certain work". The next section will reflect on the continuities and transformations of this imperative in the following decades.
*It is connected in content with the installation of the history of one hundred years of Zlín design, which will be presented in the foyer of the 15th building of the 14|15 BAŤA INSTITUTE.