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Research Projects of the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

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In its research projects, the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE) at the Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW takes as its starting point the design of analog and digital images, produces them, and questions their aesthetic and communicative impact.

The Institute Digital Communication Environments conducts research on questions of visual communication. The production of analog and digital visual media is a fundamental component of the research projects. Image genesis is understood both as a research object and as a method. This approach results in the following research fields for the institute: Design Research, Practice-led Iconic Research, Practice-led Media Research, and Historical Research in the Context of Visual Communication.

The work on research projects, the research colloquium, as well as publications and symposia enable an in-depth examination of visual artifacts, their perception and genesis on a practical as well as theoretical level.

In its research projects, the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE) at the Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW takes as its starting point the design of analog and digital images, produces them, and questions their aesthetic and communicative impact.

The Institute Digital Communication Environments conducts research on questions of visual communication. The production of analog and digital visual media is a fundamental component of the research projects. Image genesis is understood both as a research object and as a method. This approach results in the following research fields for the institute: Design Research, Practice-led Iconic Research, Practice-led Media Research, and Historical Research in the Context of Visual Communication.

The work on research projects, the research colloquium, as well as publications and symposia enable an in-depth examination of visual artifacts, their perception and genesis on a practical as well as theoretical level.

Current research projects IDCE

Incubator for Design Cultures (swissuniversities)

Funding program for the FHNW mid-level

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Inklusion von LGBTIQ+ Studierenden an Schweizer Hochschulen

Cooperation project with Bern University of Applied Sciences and PHBern as part of the swissuniversities program P7 "Diversity, Inclusion and Equality of ...

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Seeing & Knowing (Teaching Fund FHNW)

Use and benefits of eye-tracking methods in information design teaching.

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Adaptation of OpenSoundLab for autonomous learning

OpenSoundLab (OSL) makes modular sound patching three dimensional in a mixed reality experience for Meta Quest. Patch simple or complex sounds at home, in your ...

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COCODING Classroom (Teaching Fund FHNW)

Teaching Diverse Frameworks in Hybrid Learning

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Social work

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Research Colloquium

The research colloquium of the Institute Digital Communication Environments of the Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW discusses research projects from the perspective of image practice, art science, philosophy, and psychology with the aim of putting relevant questions about image design and image perception up for discussion and differentiating them. The definition of practice-led research is thereby further advanced. The examination ot the design process forms the overarching theme of the colloquium. Historical research, theoretical positions or practical approaches allow to gain access from different perspectives on this fundamental act for design. The colloquium offers a framework for discussion within the institute as well as for exchange with external researchers in order to deepen specific topics such as semiotics, production aesthetics or historical methodology.

Publications/Symposia

In the form of conferences and publications, the Institute Digital Communication Environments and the Research Colloquium's engagements with selected research topics become publicly available and contribute to the current discourse on image design, image perception, and issues of visual communication.

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Completed research projects

The interdisciplinary research projects of the Institute of Visual Communication deal with the role of images in participatory processes in urban planning, examine the use of images in therapeutic means of communication or historically analyze graphic design education in Switzerland in its international context.

Visuelle Kommunikation in partizipatorischen Stadtplanungsprozessen

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Research Responsible ICDE

Dr. Arno Schubbach
Dr. Arno Schubbach

Leiter Forschung IDCE, Dozent

Telephone +41 61 228 41 11 (direct)

Dreispitz Basel

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein near Basel
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