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The challenges for graphic design in establishing an academic research culture: lessons from the Research Excellence Framework 2014

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posted on 10.09.2019, 15:43 by James Corazzo, Robert G. HarlandRobert G. Harland, Alison Honnor, Steve Rigley
This paper examines why graphic design has struggled to establish an academic research culture, despite significant gains in design research over the last 20 years. It considers the criticisms levelled against graphic design research submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Through analysis of publicly available data, we identify a low volume of graphic design research adhering to traditional academic, non-practice-based forms, and concentrated amongst few institutions. Results confirm graphic design is yet to establish an academic research culture that accords with its widespread standing in higher education. We identify the absence of consensual nomenclature, lack of confidence and exemplars with practice-based graphic design research, the uncertain expectations of research audits, lack of venues for dissemination, heavy teaching loads and few established career pathways for research. In response we make a series of recommendations towards a sustainable graphic design research change agenda.

Funding

CHEAD, and The Art & Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

History

School

  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • Arts

Published in

The Design Journal

Volume

23

Issue

1

Pages

7 - 29

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Design Journal on 13 November 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14606925.2019.1682446.

Acceptance date

21/08/2019

Publication date

2019-11-13

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1460-6925

eISSN

1756-3062

Language

en

Depositor

Robert Harland