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Ecological perception: seeing systems

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conference contribution
posted on 04.10.2018, 15:25 authored by Joanna Boehnert
Graphic designers have the unique ability to make hidden ecological processes visible by revealing relationships, patterns and dynamics in complex socio-ecological systems. This paper describes how communication design can support relational perceptual practices and even nurture ecological perception. It presents specific methods to harness the latent potential of graphic design to communicate the context, comparisons, connections and causality. It proposes that aesthetics experiences can provoke deep perceptual insights supporting new ways of perceiving our relationship with the environment, our ecological context. In ways described in this paper, graphic design has the potential to nurture the ability to ‘see systems’ – supporting both ecological perception and ecological literacy.

History

School

  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • Arts

Published in

Design's Big Debates. Design Research Society 2014 bi-annual conference proceedings

Citation

BOEHNERT, J., 2014. Ecological perception: seeing systems. IN: Lim, Y.-K. ... et al (eds). Proceedings of DRS 2014: Design's Big Debates, Design Research Society Biennial International Conference, Umea, Sweden, 16-19 June 2014, pp.425-438.

Publisher

Umea Institute of Design, Umea University © Design Research Society, Umea Institute of Design, and the authors

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

04/01/2014

Publication date

2014

Notes

This is a conference paper.

ISBN

9789176010686

Language

en

Location

Umea University, Sweden