Transformative Pedagogies and the Environment: Creative Agency through Contemporary Art and Design

Ingeniously, this book combines new pedagogies with new syllabus: it connects the contemporary emphasis on active learning and the pressing challenge of environmental discourse. To a backdrop of many centuries of studio education—always organic, intuitive and critical—art and design furnish a necessary educational paradigm for how we grapple with teaching the unknown. As the editors Marie Sierra and Kit Wise say, “the very practice of art and design, by virtue of its ability . . . to hold opposing views in tension, provides a platform to engage with environmental issues”. Their intelligent and reflective book Transformative Pedagogies and the Environment: Creative Agency Through Contemporary Art and Design demonstrates the important research activity occurring in studio teaching in Australia, the U.K., and New Zealand, showing how critically engaged and thoughtful pedagogical practice involves students in the key issues of environment. It reveals how inspired studio teaching can engage students with broader issues of community, politics, and empowerment, so they enter their professions with real experience of the agency and catalytic potential of art and design.

—Associate Professor Robert Nelson, Associate Director Student Learning Experience, Monash University Office of Learning and Teaching

The Picture in Design: What Graphic Designers, Art Directors and Illustrators Should Know About Communicating With Pictures

Pictures are as vital to graphic design as type, yet graphic design theories barely give them a look. The seemingly unconscious nature of the act of seeing has meant that vision and pictures have been taken for granted. Finally, here is a way for graphic designers to understand pictures. This book explains the paradox that we are able to communicate more accurately through less accurately rendered images. There is a difference in the way pictures communicate depending on their realism quotient. The removal of realistic detail by the designer or illustrator allows for other aspects to be emphasized in or imposed upon the image; such as line, shape, colour, and orientation. These attributes in turn accentuate relationships that are less apparent in realistic images. This book explains the psychology behind why this is the case. This book will help designers, art directors and illustrators to defend their pictorial decision to clients. It will allow design teachers to explain image choice to students. The research expressed in this book can be applied across the gamut of visual design; from precise, data –based graphics and instructional design, through to expressive illustration and animation graphics.

Researching the Visual: Demystifying "The Picture That's Worth a Thousand Words"

This book discusses from both a practical as well as theoretical perspective many different approaches to researching the visual in higher education, to assist demystifying “the picture that’s worth a thousand words.” It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to using the visual for research and discusses the role technology can play both as the subject of visual research and in the training of the visual researcher. From a variety of different disciplinary focuses, the authors offer the educator, researcher, and tertiary student both their knowledge and practical approach to systematically and creatively deciphering, deconstructing, and reconfiguring the visual form. This book promotes the worthiness of focusing on the visual as the subject of research and scholarship as we move further into the technologically sophisticated world of 21st-century learning.