Managing Heuristics as a Method of Inquiry in Autobiographical Graphic Design Theses

Author: Ings, Welby

Source: International Journal of Art & Design Education, Volume 30, Number 2, June 2011 , pp. 226-241(16)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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This article draws on case studies undertaken in postgraduate research at AUT University, Auckland. It seeks to address a number of issues related to heuristic inquiries employed by graphic design students who use autobiographical approaches when developing research-based theses. For this type of thesis, heuristics as a system of inquiry may provide a useful approach because it engages the researcher in a process that affirms imagination, intuition, subjectivity and forms of creative/critical/reflective problem solving. When employed as a framework, heuristics offers a rewarding but challenging system for connecting investigation with the researcher's personal experience. This article provides a discussion of heuristic's applications, limitations and advantages in relation to a number of recent postgraduate theses in graphic design. Through this, it seeks to provide a useful reflection on challenges and opportunities inherent within it as a system of inquiry.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1476-8070.2011.01699.x

Affiliations: Associate Professor in Design at Auckland University of Technology.

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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