Inquiry by Design
Visual Communication and Media Design are at the center of conceiving images for daily life. They influence our perception of the world by creating emotive imagery for communication, informational design or scientific visualizations. Especially in today’s world, we need to know more about how images are perceived in order to use them consciously and conscientiously. Design Research focuses on the acquisition of knowledge in the wide field of iconic phenomenon. Academic disciplines such as Art History, Linguistics, Psychol- ogy and Computer Sciences have described the need for a scientific approach to images. Most academic centers focus on research questions with a theoretical methodology. In contrast, the workshop «Inquiry by Design» introduces participants to the relevant issues of iconic research and design research in the areas of Visual Communication and Media Design. At the beginning, the workshop focuses on the formulation of an iconic research question and a practical methodology of exploration and inquiry by design. During the week participants create a portfolio of images, which illustrate a design strategy in finding exemplary visual answers. The workshop is for designers or educators who are involved in visual communication imagery for today’s world.