Visual Communication of the Environment in Theory and Practice: Nurturing Relational Perception (workshop)

Boehnert, Joanna
COCE 2015 Boulder
Conference Session: 
Session G
Conference Panel: 
48: Visual Communication of the Environment in Theory and Practice: Nurturing Relational Perception (workshop)
Type of Presentation: 
Presentation Format: 
Live presentation
Image-makers have the unique ability to make invisible ecological processes and relationships visible, tangible and accessible. Within the context of an increasingly visual culture, images have potential to nurture the development of new perceptual capabilities and encourage relational perception. Graphic design is well suited to facilitate environmental learning since it can draw on a wide variety of visual strategies to display specific geographic spaces, ecological processes, abstract concepts and future scenarios. With design strategies, image-makers can reveal relationships, patterns and dynamics in complex systems. For these reasons, graphic design has exceptional potential to support relational perceptual practices and ecological literacy. This workshop will start with an illustrated theoretical introduction that will display and describe specific visual strategies to communicate environmental information. The session will be followed by an hour-long design critique (known in design schools and studios as the ‘crit’). The crit is a foundational practice in design education for developing creativity, visual literacy, communication expertise and design skills. It will provide a setting for evaluating and refining individual samples of visual communication design in response to the objectives of each particular piece of work. It will give participants an opportunity to discuss specific examples of visual communication on the environment. The examples for discussion can be submitted by email by anyone interested in participating in this workshop.