Heritage, Memorialisation, and Design are intrinsically linked through a concern for representation. An international peer review committee accepted three papers to launch this new initiative at DRS2022 Bilbao. The papers (selected from nine submitted) present new directions for the future of design research and cultural heritage as both digital and analogue forms of representation.
In Arabic type in urban environments: A graphic heritage, Elbardawil (2022) examines the use of augmented reality through a series of design explorations for remotely collecting and assessing information on rare artefacts. In Design explorations of tangible augmented reality experiences for cultural heritage research, Nathana et al. (2022) present a framework for understanding the role of Naskh-style fonts as a form of typographic heritage in wayfinding systems and signage in the United Arab Emirates. In Food’s urban graphic heritage in Walthamstow, Harland and Barnes (2022) introduce the notion of food’s urban graphic heritage as a grass roots manifestation in Walthamstow, London, questioning the associated meaning of design literacy, and highlighting its impact on place attachment and social interaction.
Together, these provide examples of how graphic heritage may be further interpreted as a form of design research inquiry and critical perspective for the benefit of graphic heritage (patrimonio gráfico) and graphic memory (memoria gráfica) research and practice.
Track chairs: Robert G. Harland (Loughborough University), Alison Barnes (Western Sydney University) Rob Tovey (Loughborough University), and Jie Xu (China Academy of Arts).
The featured photograph is by Shaima Elbardawil.
Access the papers from the bibliographic information below.
Elbardawil, S. (2022) ‘Arabic type in urban environments: A graphic heritage’, in Lockton, D. et al. (eds.). DRS International Conference 2022, Bilbao, 25 June – 3 July. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21606/drs.2022.680.
Harland, R. G. and Barnes, A. (2022) ‘Food’s urban graphic heritage in Walthamstow’, in Lockton, D. et al. (eds.). DRS International Conference 2022, Bilbao, 25 June – 3 July. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21606/drs.2022.441.
Nathana, A. et al. (2022) ‘Design explorations of tangible augmented reality experiences for cultural heritage research’, in Lockton, D. et al. (eds.). Bilbao: DRS International Conference 2022, Bilbao, 25 June – 3 July. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21606/drs.2022.699.