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Food’s urban graphic heritage in Walthamstow

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posted on 21.06.2022, 16:00 authored by Robert G. HarlandRobert G. Harland, Alison Barnes

Food’s material and symbolic values are central to cultural heritage. Urban foodscapes are dense in graphic communication, with memories and meanings that connect us with place often triggered by food’s ‘graphic heritage’, for example, through fascia signs, packaging, branding, patterns, and lettering. This paper’s focus is on everyday grass roots manifestations of food’s graphic heritage within urban settings. It introduces and argues that food’s urban graphic heritage ‘speaks’ differently to diverse individuals and communities, inviting different interpretations that play a part in the development of place attachment and social interaction. The paper also proposes methods for the recording and analysis of these relatively understudied urban features. Questions about what ‘design literacy’ might mean in a multicultural context are discussed as well as notions of power and politics inherent within design choices made in urban environments.

History

School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Creative Arts
  • Design

Published in

Proceedings of DRS

Source

DRS2022: Bilbao

Publisher

Design Research Society

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Design Research Society under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Publication date

2022-06-15

ISSN

2398-3132

Language

en

Editor(s)

D. Lockton, S. Lenzi, P. Hekkert, A. Oak, J. Sádaba, P. Lloyd

Location

Bilbao, Spain

Event dates

25th June 2022 - 3rd July 2022

Depositor

Dr Robert Harland. Deposit date: 21 June 2022

Article number

131

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