Ontextual and Theoretical Studies (Information Design London Underground)

Aims / Context:
In the Spring term, CTS will explore the historical and theoretical underpinnings of key themes and debates relevant to the study of contemporary graphic design and visual culture. This series of seminars will provide the theoretical tools and methodologies for contextualising visual communication and practice.

You will employ two key tactics for engaging with research and critical analysis: firstly, gaining an overview of a key theme/debate, by contextualising it across art and design practices, and in a modern/postmodern framework; secondly, by interrogating a theme/debate more closely through key texts, which will help you identify key figures in the cultural debate and look at how they have approached these subject areas.

Assignment Brief:
Write an essay that identifies and analyses the key ideas contained in at least one of the key texts explored in the Spring Term CTS seminars. In examining your key text, you should place the text in its historical context, and then you should use specific examples of design or studio practice to explain its key ideas.

In order to prepare you for this essay, you must give a formative presentation on your key text, at the end of the Spring Term

a? The essay should be 2000 words on length
a? You need to provide a complete bibliography for your essay, which will not be part of the word count (full details below)
a? You need to employ the Harvard Referencing System throughout your essay (full details below)
a? Your essay// must be typed and include illustrations of the work/s you discuss.