Submission Title

Activism as a Role in Visual Communication

Session Number

RS8

Location

Robinson 229

Abstract Number

RS8-b

Abstract

Designer as author is now commonplace in the field of Graphic Design. Often design authorship is synonymous with social activism. However, using the origination of authorship is not necessarily activism in that it intentionally seeks out social change. Our project proposes that current methods of design research may not be adequate for the type of interaction that leads to social activism. Designers often use instruction, craft or promotion to incorporate activities of social concern. Our research sought out other disciplines and incorporated these processes and methods of investigation into theories of participatory design. Using the new framework of research and theories from participatory design, students created an interaction that addresses cultural awareness. This presentation is a case study of how designers can use research and participatory design as tools for social activism.

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Activism as a Role in Visual Communication

Robinson 229

Designer as author is now commonplace in the field of Graphic Design. Often design authorship is synonymous with social activism. However, using the origination of authorship is not necessarily activism in that it intentionally seeks out social change. Our project proposes that current methods of design research may not be adequate for the type of interaction that leads to social activism. Designers often use instruction, craft or promotion to incorporate activities of social concern. Our research sought out other disciplines and incorporated these processes and methods of investigation into theories of participatory design. Using the new framework of research and theories from participatory design, students created an interaction that addresses cultural awareness. This presentation is a case study of how designers can use research and participatory design as tools for social activism.