Framing Futures for Visual Communication Design Research

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Common Ground Publishing
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 2011, 5 (5), pp. 81 - 98
Issue Date:
2011-01
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This paper posits opportunities to explore a critical space for visual communication design research. Through current education strategies being explored and tested we re-apply the typologies of the discipline through the lens of a critical practice in two distinct areas: first, as independent design investigation, process and research outcomes in its own right; and secondly, as meta-practice, enabling knowledge transfer and the facilitation of outcomes in trans-disciplinary research fields. We challenge assumptions of next-iteration practice as merely that of `collaboration' and `service'. The paper documents two case studies that have recently been implemented through teaching, learning and research strategies of the UTS Visual Communication Design degree in a university context.
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