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.