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?
This Newton Fund project, co-ordinated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in co-operation with the UNESCO Creative City (Shanghai) Promotion Office, explores the integrative process through which people experience and are informed about urban heritage through graphic images.
It focuses on establishing 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 research, undertaken by Loughborough University School of Design and Creative Arts with Tongji University College of Design and Innovation, provides 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 has involved a combination of field visits, practice-led and practice-based approaches, participatory design, public 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.
Read about the research:
Repositioning Graphic Heritage overview booklet (English and Chinese)
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Design for Heritage in Practice Workshop, 19 October 2019 →
Design for Heritage in Theory Symposium, 15 October 2019 →
Design for Heritage in Theory Symposium proceedings (in Chinese), 15 October 2019 →
Urban Perspectives on Design Literacy Summer School, 20–21 June 2019 →
Tracing Shanghai Participatory Design workshop, 27 December 2020 →
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., Wells, P., Xu, J., Yongqi, L., Zhang, X. (2019), Defining urban graphic heritage for economic development in the UK and China, in proceedings for International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019 (IASDR 2019), Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. 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
Exploring Urban Graphic Heritage exhibition panels →
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 →
Praxis’ Heritage for Global Challenges Lebanon Workshop Report →
Praxis’ Heritage for Global Challenges →