The Design Journal Vol. 23 issue 1, edited by Paul Atkinson

Design Journal 23.1
Title:The Design Journal, Vol 23 issue 1
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Prof Paul Atkinson
Associate editor:Prof Louise Valentine
Editorial assistant:Kirsty Christer
Print ISSN:1460-6925
Online ISSN: 1756-3062
Published: 6 times per year

The Design Journal’s first issue of Volume 23 – and of the new decade – has now been published, and includes articles by several ADRC staff. In his editorial, ‘Root and Branch’, editor Prof Paul Atkinson considers a number of themes emerging in this issue’s papers.

The first theme of ‘developing cultures’ is explored in James Corazzo (SHU Lecturer in Graphic Design), Harland, Alison Honnor and Rigley’s article, ‘The Challenges for Graphic Design in Establishing an Academic Research Culture’ takes as its starting point the criticism levelled by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which found ‘the intellectual and theoretical underpinning of graphic and communication design…to be generically weak’. From their analysis, five categories of views emerge responding to the criticisms against the discipline. The authors accept that graphic design is yet to establish an academic research culture in the UK, and numerous recommendations are made for academics and institutions to consider in strengthening the research standing of the discipline.

The second theme addresses ‘different types of practice and thinking’ with papers by Sun and Hall. The third theme explores practices of everyday life with an article exploring the role of video as a research method in architecture, design and the humanities. The final theme is storytelling, with a PhD Study report on a system to support storytelling between older adults living in a nursing home and their children.

The issue finishes with a book review by Chris Goldie, Honorary Research Fellow in the Dept. of Media Arts and Communication at Sheffield Hallam University. He reviews Flow: Interior, Landscape and Architecture in the Era of Liquid Modernity, edited by Penny Sparke, Pat Brown, Patricia Lara-Betancourt, Gini Lee and Mark Taylor.