The Visual Archive

Critical Thinking and Making


This class explores the relationship between form and content: How is meaning constructed and communicated through visual language? Through observing, collecting, analyzing, writing, and form making, students apply design processes involving visual research, concept generation, and craft skills. 

Driven by research interest, you will use digital and analog means to build visual archives. These collections are approached as a resource of critical inquiry and to respond to current socio-political issues. 

So, what is your research interest?

A Pecha Kucha presentation (10 images, no Text, PDF, upload to the shared google drive into the folder week 2: PECHA KUCHA) and be able to talk about each image you select for 20 sec. Make a test at home. There are two options:

1. If you already have an area of interest (maybe based on your previous education), this presentation should cover diverse aspects of it. Don’t limit yourself. Broaden up.

2. If you do not have a specific area of interest, select 10 things that you consider relevant for living in 2019.

Add one last page to your PDF with the following sentence and fill in the blanks:
I am studying ___________ because I want to find out who / what / when / where / wether / why / how ____________

John Berger: Ways of Seeing, pages 7-10 (min)
Hillary Collins: What makes a good research topic?

Your Visual Diary

→ Martin Venezky’s Appetite Engineers Promotion Book

Examples for Visual Diaries:
→ Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973—1982. Every day Lance Wyman documents his creative process in his black “designlogs”. Help us publish Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries.
→ More of a sketchbook. Paula Sher’s Typography Sketches

Occupied Mono was developed for a final year typography research project at The Queensland College of Art by Luke Robertson and Aaron Gillett.

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