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Towards the hybrid essay: The 'Visual Essay Project'

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This article describes a series of workshops that documented and analysed art and design students' use of drawing and visual strategies within the written 'critical studies' modules at North Wales School of Art and Design, part of Glyndwr University. Hybrid forms of expressing knowledge and understanding were explored. The aim was to find ways to foster critical thinking that organized information, vocabularies and ideas in a more visual way.

Keywords: codes and symbols; critical thinking; critical vocabulary; designed structures; flow; graphic design; hierarchies; illustration; visual literacy; visualization; writing

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Manchester Metropolitan University

Publication date: 2011-12-22

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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