HARLAND, R.G., 2007. Redefining the plural domains of graphic design and orientating the subject towards a model that links practice, education and research. IN: Emerging Trends in Design Research: Proceedings of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR07), Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, 12th-15th November 2007.
This paper outlines work in progress about the development of a diagrammatic model for graphic
design that attempts to bridge the ‘intellectual chasm’ between practice and research in the
subject. Historically, practice is acknowledged as having led the way. This research places education
at the centre of the challenge to face a unified future, and examine the intricate relationships
that have developed within and without the subject. It considers traditional definitions of the subject
and reviews these in a contemporary context, interweaving the critical dimensions of graphic
design as a ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ activity in diagrammatic form. The paper confirms that these
dimensions are interdependent, and vulnerable to individual and collective actions.The research
attempts to build theory about graphic design.