Critical Practices and Design Scholarship

/ongoing project/

The design discipline is continually changing; scholarly work in graphic/communication design takes many forms as we integrate it with teaching and practice. This ongoing collaborative work addresses issues specific to faculty development, writing/research support, and forms of creative scholarship.


McCarthy, S., Barness, J., and Modrak, R. (2019). In What Ways Does Critical Practice (Re)Invigorate Design Research? Decipher Vol. 1. New York, NY: AIGA Design Educators Community.

Wong, D., Sherin, A., Gorman, C., and Barness, J. (2018). Writing an Academic Research Abstract: For Communication Design Scholars. White paper for Design Incubation.

Barness, J. and McCarthy, S. (2017). Critical Practices as Design Scholarship: Opportunities and Strategies. White paper for Design Incubation.

2018. Coding and Decoding: Collage as Communication Design Scholarship paper presented to Collage, Montage, Assemblage: Collected and Composite Forms, 1700-Present conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland. Co-authored with Steven McCarthy.

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