Message Journal

The Message journal is a peer-reviewed aca­demic journal that con­sists of blind reviewed aca­demic papers plus one to three com­mis­sioned essays/articles. It is ded­ic­ated to the devel­op­ment and dis­cus­sion of con­tem­por­ary visual com­mu­nic­a­tion research par­tic­u­larly within Art & Design with an emphasis on prac­tice, out­puts and artefacts.

The aim of the Mes­sage journal is to explore and challenge the bound­ar­ies of visual com­mu­nic­a­tion within Art & Design through an exper­i­mental and devel­op­mental ethos, chal­len­ging the prac­ti­tioner, the devel­op­ment and use of tech­no­logy, as well as ques­tion­ing visual com­mu­nic­a­tion val­ues and social, eth­ical and sus­tain­able practices. The Ply­mouth Uni­ver­sity Mes­sage cluster and journal is com­mit­ted to enhan­cing the devel­op­ment of the visual communication sub­ject areas, both in edu­ca­tion and com­mer­cial design, through research and enterprise.

EDITION 1 Mapping Eclecticism Through Practice



This edition brings to the fore academic research on the following question; where if any do the mutual theoretical frameworks and methodologies lie within communication design, graphic design, illustration and visual communication?

In this inaugural edition, the refereed submissions discuss a range of practices and approaches that include the use of socially responsible design and persuasion, as well as collaboration with other disciplines, to improve safety; framing theory and ideograms within architectural pedagogy to convey complex ideas and relationships; literary analysis to explore graphic design authorship, narrative and viewer experience; discursive dialogue and a non-linear presentation to interrogate and shed light on personal practice; and cartographic metaphors as a means of visualising and investigating the topography of graphic design.

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