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ERIC Number: EJ972215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2224
Communication Design Education: Could Nine Reflections Be Sufficient?
van der Waarde, Karel; Vroombout, Maurits
Visible Language, v46 n1-2 p20-21, 23-35 May 2012
Situation: Graphic design education is subject to substantial changes. Changes in professional practice and higher education aggravate insecurities about the contents and structure of courses, assessment criteria, relations between practice, research and theory and teaching methods. Assumption: Graphic design education (visual communication design education) needs to change to accommodate these changes. Approach: There are many possible starting points to tackle the "wicked problem" of visual communication design education. The starting point for this article is professional practice. Through the observation of practice, and interviews with practicing graphic designers, a set of common activities and approaches was distilled. These commonalities--the things that all graphic designers seem to have in common--are visualized in two diagrams. Results: The two diagrams can be used as a basis for a critical review of current education in visual communication design, and they indicate a motivated and testable development for the coming years. (Contains 3 figures.)
Sharon H. Poggenpohl. Available from: Rhode Island School of Design. 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903. Tel: 401-454-6570; Fax: 401-454-6117; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands