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Proceedings 2017, 1(9), 880; doi:10.3390/proceedings1090880

Out of Scale, out of Context. The Use of Images in the Teaching of Graphic Design History

ISIA Urbino, 61029 Urbino, Italy
Presented at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference IMMAGINI? Image and Imagination between Representation, Communication, Education and Psychology, Brixen, Italy, 27–28 November 2017.
Published: 28 November 2017
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Abstract

Images are a core element in the teaching of the history of graphic design, but the way they are used and often de-contextualized in publications and classroom presentations can alter the perception of graphic artefacts, which instead of being seen as examples from a specific historical context are transformed into undisputed icons from an ideal gallery of masterpieces. How is it possible to—at least partly—overcome these limits? An educational approach developed by the author since 2012 in her teaching at ISIA Urbino (Italy) proposes some viable solutions. Individual image analysis, comparisons and connections to other images, and the development of collective timelines are some of the tools used to help the students develop a critical attitude towards the contemporary and historical artefacts they observe.
Keywords: graphic design; design pedagogy; education; history; critical history; decontextualization graphic design; design pedagogy; education; history; critical history; decontextualization
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Sfligiotti, S. Out of Scale, out of Context. The Use of Images in the Teaching of Graphic Design History. Proceedings 2017, 1, 880.

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