Graphic design research: a cause for the concerned

HARLAND, Robert, CORAZZO, James, GWILT, Ian, HONNOR, Alison and RIGLEY, Steve (2018). Graphic design research: a cause for the concerned. In: STORNI, Cristiano, LEAHY, Keelin, MCMAHON, Muireann, LLOYD, Peter and BOHEMIA, Erik, (eds.) DRS 2018: Design as a catalyst for change. Design Research Society, 2811-2821.

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There is an immediate need to clarify and develop the role of graphic design research for the theoretical underpinning of graphic design education. A report that accompanied the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) described ‘the intellectual and theoretical underpinning of graphic and communication design’ as ‘generically weak’. We report on progress about a project designed to identify and map graphic design outputs from REF2014, involving both a data analysis of the ‘Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory’ submissions, and focus group research with graphic design academics designed to elicit feedback on the emergent themes being addressed by the data analysis exercise as well as broader concerns. The aim has been to identify the nature of graphic design outputs submitted to the REF audit. In this paper, we provide a response to this state of affairs from a community of graphic design educators concerned about the perception of research in the discipline. Keywords: Graphic design research, Graphic design education, Research Excellence Framework, Graphic Design Educators’ Network

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: ISSN: 2398-3132
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Art and Design
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Page Range: 2811-2821
Depositing User: James Corazzo
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2018 08:43
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 01:19

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