Visual Research (2nd ed.): An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design
Authors: Ian Noble and Russell Bestley
Publication date:2011 (second edition), 2005 (first edition)
:: From Dawne Bell, Edge Hill University
As the authors explain; whilst well established within the fields of medicine, education, social science and the like, until recently the value of ethical practice in research within the field of visual arts was rarely discussed. The value of methodological research within our field is undisputed; often, however, it can be difficult to find good, clear examples that not only explain the theory but provide a useful framework from which one can begin to understand how to apply it.
This book, which sits comfortably within a comprehensive suite, draws together a range of theoretical approaches and research methodologies appertaining to the field, and offers to the reader, through a series of case studies, practical application of the processes involved in visual research. As Ellen Lupton’s foreword explains, this book presents ‘theory as a tool’ to aid designers working within the field of graphic design with an introduction to the range of research methodologies that can be employed.