Graphic and communication design research
Researching graphic and communication design, one of our areas of expertise in Art and Design: Practice, Theory and History
Graphic design research covers the theories, practice and process in relation to solving problems through visual communication. This includes text – typically typography – and images, such as illustration, photography, and pictogram. The term is often used as an umbrella to cover visual communication and communication design generally.
Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and text to form visual representations of concepts and messages. Forms of graphic design commonly include identity design, such as logos and branding, publication and editorial design, for example magazines. It also includes wayfinding or environmental design, advertising, web design, packaging, and signage.
In this emerging research field, we're looking at the history of design, ethnographic studies in relation to design, design usability, legibility studies, design knowledge, and epistemology.
We have presented at numerous conferences including ATypI – Association Typographique Internationale, Design Research Society, and the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).
Our research covers the following topics
- Graphic design
- Communication design
- Typographic design
- Information design
- Data visualisation
- Branding and identity
- Typeface design
- Publication design
- Web design
- Motion graphic design
- User centred design
- Design epistemology
- Design thinking
Helping to improve aspects of the visual language and design consistency with the BedView software system and knowledge of design processes within the development of stakeholder input.
Dr Michael Harkins, 2020-2021
Harkins, M. (2020). "Contemporary Processes of Text Typeface Design" (First ed.) (Routledge Research in Design Studies), Routledge.
Gruner, O., and McCabe, D. (2021). "Visions of the past: the graphic design student as historian" In L. Sanderson, and S. Stone (Eds.), AMPS Conference Proceedings Series (pp. 198-204). (AMPS Conference Proceedings Series). Architecture Media Politics Society.
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Fashion, textiles and material futures
Our fashion, textiles and material futures research is addressing important issues around fashion and textile design and its associated industries.
Illustration, Drawing, Artists Books and Zines
Our research explores how self-publishing can allow a more diverse range of authors to communicate with an audience and investigates authorial illustration as an emerging genre.
We're using the photographic image in its expanded field as an investigative tool. Our research explores photography as a medium, and investigates how photographic practices shape individual subjectivity and modernity.
Histories and Theories of Art, Design, Visual and Material Culture
Our research locates the historical and contemporary production and consumption of art, design, visual and material culture in wider social, cultural, political and economic contexts.