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Repositioning Graphic Heritage

What new perspectives can graphic design contribute to design for urban heritage? How can participatory design approaches enhance urban graphic heritage for greater social cohesion?

Read further about our response to these questions.

This Newton Fund project, co-ordinated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in co-operation with the UNESCO Creative City (Shanghai) Promotion Office, explored the integrative process through which people experience and are informed about urban heritage through graphic images.

Its ongoing focus is to establish a clearer understanding about the core knowledge that heritage professionals must grapple with when they need to communicate with the public about the heritage experience. The initial research, undertaken by Loughborough University School of Design and Creative Arts with Tongji University College of Design and Innovation, provided new insights for creative industry practitioners concerned with enhancing cultural development in China and the UK.

Through the prism of graphic design, the project explores different facets of the heritage experience. It involves a combination of field visits, practice-led and practice-based approaches, participatory design, public events and exhibition, and digital archival practices, to establish new approaches for recording, archiving and interpreting graphic images of urban heritage for the benefit of researchers and practitioners working in countries wanting to develop their heritage visitor experience.

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Activities

1. Repositioning Graphic Heritage project launch symposium

23 October 2018, Shanghai

Repositioning Graphic Heritage project launch poster (Jie Xu 2018)

 

2. Urban Perspectives on Design Literacy Summer School

20–21 June 2019, Loughborough and Leicester

Prof. Rachel Cooper confronts the matter of aesthetics in Design Literacy

Read about the Summer School

3. Design for Heritage in Theory Symposium

15 October 2019, Shanghai

Read about the Design for Heritage in Theory Symposium

Read proceedings (in Chinese)

4. Exploring Urban Graphic Heritage Exhibition

14 October – 31 December 2019, Shanghai

Download exhibition panels

5. Critical heritage studies: current discourses and global challenges: Exhibition

Centre of Critical Heritage Studies, University of Gothenburg, 7–8 November 2019

Impact

Repositioning Graphic Heritage features in two heritage reports

Praxis’ Heritage for Global Challenges Lebanon Workshop Report

Praxis’ Heritage for Global Challenges

6. Collaboration with UK National Commission for UNESCO and Bradford UNESCO City of Film

Read more about the the workshop

Read more about Bradford’s Urban Graphic Heritage in the information pack below, or download it

 

7. Design for Heritage in Practice Workshop

19 October 2019, Shanghai

Dr Pan Jin, Director of the UNESCO Creative City (Shanghai) Promotion Office, convenes discussion between panel members and workshop attendees

Read about the workshop

8. Tracing Shanghai Participatory Design Workshop

27 December 2020, Shanghai

Read more about the Tracing Shanghai Participatory Design workshop

Watch the Tracing Shanghai Architectural Heritage place identity prototype project / Graphic Redesign of Shikumen by Huiqi Yang

9. Invited lecture to Sign Design Society members

Read more about Finding Urban Graphic Heritage

Review of urban-graphic-objects in Sign Design Society Newsletter

10. International Creative Cities Design Innovation Forum

15 May 2018, Shanghai

Prof. Cees de Bont introduces the Repositioning Graphic Heritage project at International Creative Cities Design Innovation Forum, Shanghai (in Chinese)

Read about it

 

Presentations 

Designs

Repositioning Graphic Heritage poster

Design for Heritage in Theory call for papers

Design for Heritage in Theory cover design for proceedings

Exploring Urban Graphic Heritage exhibition postcard

See also the Tracing Shanghai project

 

Links

Repositioning Graphic Heritage features in two heritage reports:

Praxis’ Heritage for Global Challenges Lebanon Workshop Report

Praxis’ Heritage for Global Challenges

 

Publications

Harland, R.G., Barnes, A., & Burger, Y. (2021) ‘The symbolism of Madiba: Exploring graphic representations of Nelson Mandela in Mamelodi, South Africa’. In With Design – 9th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2021, Hong Kong, 5–9 December. DOI: tbc (In press, soon to be published by Springer)

de Menezes Migliari, M., & Harland, R.G. (2021) ‘Making Praça Nelson Mandela: Morphological change and graphic interventions to define a new square in the Botafogo district of Rio de Janeiro.’ In With Design – 9th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2021, Hong Kong, 5–9 December. DOI: tbc (In press, soon to be published by Springer)

Harland, R. G. (2020) Graphic design studies: what can it be? Following in Victor Margolin’s footsteps for possible answers, in Boess, S., Cheung, M. and Cain, R. (eds.), Synergy – DRS International Conference 2020, 11-14 August, Held online. https://doi.org/10.21606/drs.2020.372

Harland, R.G., Du, Q., Selby, A.C., Wells, P., Xu, J., Yonghi, L., & Zhang, X. (2019) Defining urban graphic heritage for economic development in the UK and China. In Evans, M., Shaw, A., and Na, J. (Eds.), Design Revolutions – 8th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research, Volume 2: Living, Making, Value, 2–5 September, Manchester. Held online: https://iasdr2019.org/uploads/files/Proceedings/li-f-1368-Har-R.pdf

Xu, J. (2019). Colour in Urban Places: A Case Study of Leicester City Football Club Blue. Journal of Colour Research and Application. Vol 19; 1–9, https://doi.org/10.1002/col.22378

 

Project team

Loughborough University: Dr. Robert Harland (PI), Senior Lecturer · Prof. Paul Wells (Co-I), Chair in Animation · Andrew Selby (Co-I), Associate Dean for Enterprise · Johnny Xu, Research Associate. Tongji University : Prof. Lou Yongqi (PI), Dean of the College of Design and Innovation · Dr. Zhang Xueqing (Co-I), Director of Discipline Development Centre · Dr. Du Qin (Co-I), Director of Brand and Space Laboratory · Shi Yin (Co-I), Head of Tongji Tiandi Art & Design Innovation Co. Ltd.