Saturday, 17 September 2011

International Visual Methods Conference

More successful Visual Communication research news, this time from the International Visual Methods Conference, hosted by the Open University in Milton Keynes. The conference, the second of its kind, invited academics and others who work with visual methods to take part in presentations and discussions, as well as a programme of workshops, viewing a variety of exhibitions and films.
The conference covered a broad range of interests including: visual methods & research design, approaches to analyzing visual data, participatory visual methods, researcher-created visual data, visual ethics, arts-based visual research methods, visual culture and visual methods, data visualisation and visual technology (including eye tracking).
Jessica Glaser and Jeff Leak, presented a paper that focussed on the visual language of typography and its use in communicating subtleties in meaning. Examples were sourced from both historical and contemporary contexts and linguistic models were referenced to analyse both visual and verbal language. 

"The conference was a fantastic opportunity to listen to (and see) many fascinating presentations and to meet other researchers from around the world" says Jessica Glaser "The keynote presentations were especially absorbing with talks from Professor Carey Jewitt of London Knowledge Lab, Ludmilla Jordanova, Professor of Modern History at King's College, London and Katerina Cizek, director of Out My Window and the NFB's multi-year HIGHRISE project."

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