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Advances in Autism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 42)
Advances in Human Factors/Ergonomics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 89)
Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Aequitas : Revue de Développement Humain, Handicap et Changement Social     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
African Journal of Disability     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Ageing & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
ALTER - European Journal of Disability Research / Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
American Annals of the Deaf     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 58)
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 67)
Aphasiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 61)
Assistive Technology: The Official Journal of RESNA     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Audiology     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Audiology - Communication Research     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Audiology Research     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Augmentative and Alternative Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 50)
Autism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 351)
Autism & Developmental Language Impairments     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Autism in Adulthood     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Autism Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 58)
Autism's Own     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
British Journal of Learning Disabilities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 102)
British Journal of Special Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 54)
British Journal of Visual Impairment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Canadian Journal of Disability Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 39)
Deafness & Education International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Disability & Rehabilitation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 85)
Disability & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 90)
Disability and Health Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
Disability Compliance for Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Disability Studies Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 46)
Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Distúrbios da Comunicação     Open Access  
Early Popular Visual Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
European Review of Aging and Physical Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Health Expectations     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Hearing, Balance and Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Inclusion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
Indian Journal of Cerebral Palsy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 43)
Intellectual Disability Australasia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Audiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
International Journal of Developmental Disabilities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
International Journal of Disability Management Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 60)
International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
International Journal on Disability and Human Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Journal for Healthcare Quality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Accessibility and Design for All     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Adult Protection, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Aging and Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 53)
Journal of Assistive Technologies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 94)
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Disability & Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Disability Policy Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Enabling Technologies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Gerontological Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Integrated Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 66)
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 55)
Journal of Intellectual Disability - Diagnosis and Treatment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 71)
Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
Journal of Policy and Practice In Intellectual Disabilities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 95)
Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Learning Disabilities : A Multidisciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Learning Disability Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
Mental Health Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24)
Music and Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 70)
Physical Disabilities : Education and Related Services     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica     Open Access  
Public Policy and Aging Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 47)
Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities     Hybrid Journal  
Revista Brasileira de Educação Especial     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista Espaço     Open Access  
Revista Española de Discapacidad     Open Access  
Revista Médica Internacional sobre el Síndrome de Down     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Revue francophone de la déficience intellectuelle     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research     Open Access   (Followers: 27)
Sexuality and Disability     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Siglo Cero. Revista Española sobre Discapacidad Intelectual     Open Access  
Sign Language Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Social Care and Neurodisability     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Society and Mental Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Speech Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Stigma and Health     Full-text available via subscription  
Stress     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Technical Aid to the Disabled Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Technology and Disability     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Tizard Learning Disability Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
Topics in Language Disorders     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Visual Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Visual Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Visual Communication Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Visual Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Working with Older People     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)

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Visual Communication
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Number of Followers: 11  
 
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ISSN (Print) 1470-3572 - ISSN (Online) 1741-3214
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  • Editorial Note
    • Authors: Louise Ravelli, Janina Wildfeuer
      Pages: 3 - 3
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Volume 20, Issue 1, Page 3-3, February 2021.

      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-02-02T09:25:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357221991682
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Book review: Visual Global Politics
    • Authors: Holly Eva Ryan
      Pages: 121 - 123
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Volume 20, Issue 1, Page 121-123, February 2021.

      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-02-02T09:23:46Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220961331
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Let there be . . . visual optimal innovations: making visual meaning
           through Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam
    • Authors: Joost Schilperoord, Neil Cohn
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This article addresses visual optimal innovations such as memes, advertising images and editorial cartoons which take Michelangelo’s fresco The Creation of Adam as input, and rework it so that novel meaning is created that takes the meaning of the input as base. The authors focus on the cognitive and structural aspects of these kinds of visual stimulus. They argue that visual optimal innovations are aesthetically rewarding owing to how they invite meaning construction, and they further demonstrate that these aspects of visual communication are encoded in human memory to make up entries in a ‘visual lexicon’. The main questions addressed are: What graphic procedures are employed to create such stimuli, and how are they structured' How are existing and novel meanings evoked by visual optimal innovations, and how are they aligned' How are visual optimal innovations processed and interpreted' And, finally, how is all this knowledge – structural and conceptual – cognitively represented'
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-05-03T09:38:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/14703572211004994
       
  • Book review: Visual and Multimodal Communication: Applying the Relevance
           Principle
    • Authors: Francisco Yus
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-04-29T09:31:46Z
      DOI: 10.1177/14703572211006748
       
  • Book review: Visual Communication: Understanding Images in Media Culture
    • Authors: Mary Angela Bock
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-04-28T12:39:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/14703572211005502
       
  • From visual rhetoric to multimodal argumentation: exploring the rhetorical
           and argumentative relevance of multimodal figures on the covers of The
           Economist
    • Authors: Assimakis Tseronis
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Visual rhetoric is more often than not identified with the search for patterns of visual form and content which convey meaning in ways that resemble the meaning construed by known rhetorical figures. Despite the numerous proposals for the classification of figures construed verbally or visually, there has been no systematic attempt to account for the different ways in which these may contribute to the argumentative structure of persuasive messages. In this article, the author studies comparatively the figures of metaphor, antithesis and allusion, cued visually or verbo–visually in the multimodal genre of front covers. He starts from the assumption that the front cover constitutes a multimodal argument in the sense that it invites the reader to buy the specific issue on the grounds of the featured story and the stance that the editors express over it. The goal is to identify the semiotic configurations that distinguish one figure from the other, and to establish conditions under which these figures can be shown to contribute meaning that serves the argument conveyed by the front cover.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-04-24T07:16:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/14703572211005498
       
  • Book review: To See and Be Seen: The Environments, Interactions and
           Identities behind News Images
    • Authors: Anna Zieba
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-04-15T10:41:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357221996400
       
  • Book review: Mapping Multimodal Performance Studies
    • Authors: Xiqin Liu, Shuozi Wu
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-04-15T10:41:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357221996403
       
  • Book review: A Theory of Narrative Drawing
    • Authors: John A Bateman
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-04-15T10:40:39Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357221996404
       
  • Resistance to violence against women on Spanish walls
    • Authors: Jonna Tolonen
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Drawing upon visual ethnographic research carried out in two Spanish cities between 2015 and 2018, this visual essay explores the ability of street art to speak about violence against women. Posters, wall writings and stencils represent both visual communication and political expression that can give an insight into this gender-based phenomenon. Street art pieces are linked to broader social contexts. The photographs and discourse analysis of the street art presented in this essay pay attention to the specific contexts of Spanish society and investigate the social spaces in which street art pieces are embedded. The author offers a critical perspective on assumptions regarding the gendered construction of public space and reflections on street-level visual resistance about violence against women in Madrid and Valencia.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-03-31T06:44:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220943632
       
  • The agency of computer vision models as optical instruments
    • Authors: Thomas Smits, Melvin Wevers
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Industry and governments have deployed computer vision models to make high-stake decisions in society. While they are often presented as neutral and objective, scholars have recognized that bias in these models might lead to the reproduction of racial, social, cultural and economic inequity. A growing body of work situates the provenance of bias in the collection and annotation of datasets that are needed to train computer vision models. This article moves from studying bias in computer vision models to the agency that is commonly attributed to them: the fact that they are universally seen as being able to make biased decisions. Building on the work of Bruno Latour and Jonathan Crary, the authors discuss computer vision models as agential optical instruments in the production of contemporary visuality. They analyse five interconnected research steps – task selection, category selection, data collection, data labelling and evaluation – of six widely cited benchmark datasets, published during a critical stage in the development of the field (2004–2020): Caltech 101, Caltech 256, PASCAL VOC, ImageNet, MS COCO and Google Open Images. They found that, despite all sorts of justifications, the selection of categories is not based on any general notion of visuality, but depends heavily upon perceived practical applications, the availability of downloadable images and, in conjunction with data collection, favours categories that can be unambiguously described by text. Second, the reliance on Flickr for data collection introduces a temporal bias in computer vision datasets. Third, by comparing aggregate accuracy rates and ‘human’ performance, the dataset papers introduce a false dichotomy between the agency of computer vision models and human observers. In general, the authors argue that the agency of datasets is produced by obscuring the power and subjective choices of its creators and the countless hours of highly disciplined labour of crowd workers.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-03-20T06:58:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357221992097
       
  • Graphical viewing at a distance: graphical analytics as a method for the
           investigation of illustrated books
    • Authors: Fabienne Kilchör, Jörg Lehmann
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      In this research article, graphical analytics is presented as a method for the investigation of page/layout- and image-based materials. This approach is used to analyse image composition, image constellations and the layout of the examined books, and it facilitates a comparison across several books within a single visualization. The methodology is introduced and the epistemology explained, along with concepts such as framework, simulative and heuristic models, and image constellations. Methodological steps like the establishment of the data set, the collection of specific data, the organization of the information architecture, and the design of the display of these data are explained. The method is illustrated through a case study on nine illustrated books on non-human primates. This material is analysed according to given research questions on the proximity of non-human primates and human beings being depicted in the images of these books, and on the differences between the illustrated books with respect to their target audiences. The findings of our graphical analytics reveal patterns of proximity between humans and non-human primates as well as the iconology of the Book of Genesis in the pictorial and textual materials used by these illustrated books. This contribution presents an introduction to graphical analytics with an exemplary application.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-02-19T07:12:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220972165
       
  • (Re)locating photojournalism within a transmedia economy: a case study on
           the meaning-making process with stories of female Boko Haram survivors
    • Authors: Lucia De La Presa, Paloma Elvira Ruiz
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This study explores the representations of female captives and survivors of Boko Haram in what the authors define as a transmedia project formed by an ensemble of interconnected multi-modal/media productions circulated through off- and online spaces, and merging photojournalism and humanitarian markets. The authors draw on semiotic analytical tools in unravelling the process of meaning-making and point to a trend of spectacle renewal in which recycled textual and visual elements function as forms of (self) promotion within the transmedia project. In its response to neoliberal logics of production and circulation of culture, this transmedia project ends up reproducing reductionist portrayals of Boko Horam (ex-)captives and empowering Western producers and consumers through representations that fortify a gendered, neocolonial relationship. This research problematizes the moralistic narratives that support this transmedia economy and proposes alternative modes of sharing and consuming photojournalism stories in order to encourage more critical engagement.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-02-17T09:13:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220966712
       
  • A chronotopic approach to identity performance in musical numbers: a
           
    • Authors: Nashwa Elyamany
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Musical numbers, as viral modes of entertainment, influential forms of visual culture and catalysts of popular discourse are dense with multivariate aesthetic performers, and are interlaced to punctuate the melodramatic narrative texture in advancement of the plot and characterization in musical films. Performing identity through dancing bodies has been the subject of several film, music, culture, performance and communication research endeavours yet has rarely been explored from multimodal discourse analysis perspectives. To examine the ‘resilient identities’ underlying performances, the article adopts an eclectic approach informed by the Bakhtinian chronotope with regard to two numbers drawn from a recent American musical film in order to pinpoint: (a) the full repertoire of multimodal resources of narrative agency and identity performance; (b) the emotional experiences evoked by the musical numbers; and (c) the social practices that constitute, maintain and resist social realities and identities. The unconventional approach to the analysis of the musical numbers is what makes the current research project stand out among interdisciplinary studies of musical discourse.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-02-06T05:03:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220974069
       
  • Is there a visual bias in televised debates' Evidence from Germany,
           2002–2017
    • Authors: Jürgen Maier, Isabella Glogger, Lukas P Otto, Jennifer Bast
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Media professionals make use of various production techniques in the visual portrayal of politicians on television. A large body of literature indicates that these techniques exert varying influence on, for example, the evaluation of these actors, leading to the question of whether politicians are depicted in an equal way. Focusing on televised debates, this content analysis of five German debates aims to determine if there is a visual bias in the portrayal of candidates, depending on party affiliation, gender and role. Among other forms of bias, the authors find a difference in the use of camera movements and angle depending on the candidate’s gender and party affiliation.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-29T04:55:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220974068
       
  • Differentiating graffiti in Macao: activity types, multimodality and
           institutional appropriation
    • Authors: Hong Zhang, Brian Hok-Shing Chan
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Multimodal graffiti are constrained by the environment in which they are written and by the activities in which graffiti writing takes place. This article examines graffiti collected in Graffiti Park and Nam Van Lake Underground in Macao. The graffiti in the two sites display systematic differences in topics, objectives, subjects, affordance, texture and framing, which are attributed to varied activity types and the multimodality/materiality of public space. Specifically, those in Graffiti Park – a small and secluded area – are products of one-off activities attended by professional writers, ordinary citizens and tourists. Nam Van Lakeside has a more visible space, and yet the graffiti there – largely murals painted by a few commissioned writers – display limited topics/themes under institutional appropriation. The materiality of the wall space also contributes to the variations in styles and contents of graffiti in the two sites.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-29T04:53:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220966737
       
  • Revitalizing legends through transmediation: a workshop for Deaf
           storytelling
    • Authors: Ricardo René Rosas Díaz, Soledad Del Carmen Véliz Córdova, Ignacia Sauvalle, Marion Paz Garolera Rosales, María Paz Ramírez
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      In compulsory education in Chile, Deaf students and their teachers must navigate through an educational system that relies heavily on verbal language to validate and communicate knowledge. Most educational resources available to students have been produced for and within a hearing community, privileging sound and written verbal materials over other ways of exchanging knowledge. In this practitioner piece, verbal texts produced in an oral and written culture are transformed in a visual storytelling workshop by a group of Deaf students. The alterations made to the ‘original’ text are traced in four stages, conceptualized here as transmediation, outlining the way the verbal text is transformed into Chilean Sign Language scripts, objects and characters, altering its structure and meaning. The authors aim to provide teachers and practitioners who work in diverse educational settings with ways of producing educational material through participation with students in creative ways.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-28T09:54:42Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220961427
       
  • Between iconic image and (artificial) ruins: Shanghai Sihang Warehouse and
           World War II memory in China
    • Authors: Lu Pan
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Opened in 2015, the Sihang Warehouse Memorial Museum is an architectural relic of the fierce and famous ‘Defense of Sihang Warehouse’ that took place in the 1937 Battle of Shanghai during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Regarding the warehouse as a national war icon lost and found, the author examines the transformations of the symbolic meanings of the warehouse per se and how it has been represented visually in photography and film in relation to the vicissitudes of history. As the spatial history of the warehouse shows, the warehouse was forgotten for a long time. With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, its memory was revived, but as an artificial recreation that remains silent about the ruptures under the surface of historical continuity. The case shows how the meaning of commemorative space for modern and contemporary Chinese war memory has been constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed visually and physically.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-28T09:54:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220964819
       
  • Book review: Artistic Research in the Future Academy
    • Authors: Charles Forceville
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-28T09:54:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220968043
       
  • Book review: Colors in Fashion
    • Authors: Esterina Nervino
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-28T09:53:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220968044
       
  • Window on the weather: a case study in multi-platform visual communication
           design, with a relationship to Design Thinking
    • Authors: Iain Macdonald
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      In February 2018, after three years of design and development work, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Weather launched its redesigned service across multiple platforms. The project involved new ways of cross-disciplinary communication design working across broadcast and digital services. This research examines these innovations and considers the transcorporeality of our relationship with weather forecasting.BBC Weather developed an iconography in the mid-1970s that has been integral to its brand identity and which has survived the changes in television graphics technology from magnetised acrylic symbols to digital systems. Satellite imagery, advanced computer weather modelling, mobile interaction, and weather on the move in realtime, have become integral to presenting different layers of visual sophistication and information that require translation and editing to communicate the weather across multiple platforms and formats.An ethnographic study of the leading participants in the design project mapped out the creative process and highlighted reflexive points where design practice was modified and adapted by the interdisciplinarity of the team. Their approach to design anthropology and service design approaches are revealed in the context of Design Thinking, and how the domestication of digital services is linked to a relationship to the weather for a UK and Irish audience.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-25T05:01:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220948547
       
  • A beautiful and devilish thing: children’s picture books and the
           1914 Christmas Truce
    • Authors: Margaret Baguley, Martin Kerby
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      For over half a century, the ‘imagining’ of the Great War in the UK has been framed by the existence of two Western Fronts, one literary and the other historical. The authors and illustrators of children’s picture books, whose work has traditionally reflected a society’s values and pre-occupations, have remained remarkably faithful to the literary construct of the war as a futile and meaningless conflict that destroyed a generation. This article analyses four children’s picture books dealing with the Christmas Truce of 1914, which has become an historical touchstone for adherents of the literary imagining. Using methods grounded in Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), visual grammar and art theory, the authors explore how text and image combine to create moving and insightful morality tales that use the particularities of an historical event to communicate a vision of humanity rather than a work of historical scholarship.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-23T05:13:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220981698
       
  • City-dwellers flowing with Zhuangzi: a review of Qi Liu’s
           Zhuangzi’s N Generations
    • Authors: Yanbin Kang
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This article reviews Zhuangzi’s N Generations, a modern dance performance, directed and choreographed by Qi Liu at the Guangdong Art Theatre in Guangzhou, China, on 17 December 2019.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-23T05:11:03Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220981686
       
  • Book review: Advancing Multimodal and Critical Discourse Studies:
           Interdisciplinary Research Inspired by Theo van Leeuwen’s Social
           Semiotics
    • Authors: Rurong Le
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-22T07:29:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220968045
       
  • Militarized aesthetics of hegemonic masculinity in America’s Army:
           Proving Grounds (2013): a multimodal legitimation analysis
    • Authors: Nashwa Elyamany
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Military-themed videogames are significant cultural artifacts that shape popular geopolitical narratives and venerate dominant post-9/11 War on Terror discourses. Overwhelmingly resonant with the Military Entertainment Complex, these artifacts, not excluding America’s Army (2002–2013), envision the world through a Western lens. Over the past decades, America’s Army has come to challenge dominant orthodoxies and ideological presuppositions, disseminating new configurations of power. The article argues that the latest installment of the game, America’s Army: Proving Grounds (2013), marks a paradigmatic shift from the post-9/11 discourse permeating most military-themed videogames. Taking past scholarship on geopolitics and multimodal legitimation as points of departure, the current study unfolds the militarized aesthetics and politics of gameplay unique to America’s Army: Proving Grounds in its capacity to promote redefined ideals of hegemonic masculinity, on the one hand, and substantiate US universal legitimacy, on the other. To this end, the research endeavor proposes a more nuanced multimodal legitimation analytical framework in an attempt to capture the full spectrum of the semiotic affordances instilled in the gaming space. Key convergent discourses and practices of hegemony emerge therein, fundamentally: proficiency, efficiency, virtuosity, agility, nobility, solidarity, precision, stoicism, and aggression. The spatio-temporal shift away from post-9/11 discourses reifies new militaristic representations of hegemonic masculinity symbiotically entangled with futuristic and non-contemporary ideological war narratives.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-21T07:28:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220966726
       
  • Semiotics of destruction: traces on the environment
    • Authors: Anders Björkvall, Arlene Archer
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Research in fields such as multimodality and semiotics has focused on creation of value in different forms: aesthetic, economic and symbolic. However, the destruction of value has attracted much less attention. The aim of this article is to identify social, semiotic and ideological functions of acts of destruction based on an analysis of the traces these acts leave on the urban environment. Five overarching acts of destruction are discussed, but the authors’ main focus is on what they call transformation-driven and social presence-driven destruction, with two examples from Sweden and South Africa. The article discusses sanctioned destructive acts that are largely in compliance with dominating semiotic regimes at a certain time and place, as well as disruptive actions that challenge or even disobey those regimes. The analysis shows how a distinction between sanctioned and disruptive is in no way clear and often depends on complex power distributions between semiotic regimes at a given time and place. In fact, traces in the physical environment that may point to or index highly destructive acts can, in relation to other semiotic regimes, be regarded as creative and constructive. The authors argue that the semiotic processes of destruction and the traces they leave deserve more attention from research in the fields of multimodality and semiotics.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-19T06:08:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220957375
       
  • The Power to See: Visualizing Invisible Disabilities in China
    • Authors: Zhongxuan Lin, Liu Yang
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Situated in a Chinese context, this study explores how people with disabilities struggle to be re-envisioned in contemporary China. In particular, this visual essay uses the Disabled Women’s Album as a case study to illustrate how the deployment of their visual images can provide a place for disabled women to fight for the power of visibility in a Chinese context, including the right to be seen and the right to look. On one hand, the visual images of the disabled women establishes a realm in which actors, actions and ideas can be viewed, including the right to be seen by the public, as an alternative to the possibility of disappearing in Chinese society, the right to visual self-representation and the right to equal conditions. On the other hand, the fight for people with disabilities to achieve the power to see also increases opportunities for people without disabilities to exercise their right to look, including recognizing the diversity of our society and realizing the existence of more possibilities in life. In this process, images are no longer just a medium by which we communicate our political activities but have also become an end in themselves.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-19T06:07:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220905078
       
  • Digitally-mediated parent–baby touch and the formation of
           subjectivities
    • Authors: Carey Jewitt, Kerstin Leder Mackley, Sara Price
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines how the use of emergent smart baby monitors re-mediates parent–baby touch, notions of connection, parental sensing and the interpretation of babies’ bodies, and contributes to the formation of subjectivities. Domestic baby monitors are a mid 20th-century phenomenon which normalizes parental anxieties. While baby monitoring is not new, the ‘next generation’ of wearable bio-sensing baby monitors offers a different relationship to the body via the physiological tracking of babies, and the sending of information or alerts to parents’ via connected mobile apps. These devices have been associated with creating unnecessary parental anxiety and the digital ‘replacement’ of parental touch, although little research exists on their use in the context of parent–infant interaction or touch. The authors present a qualitative case study of one such technology, Owlet, to explore how parents experienced, understood and negotiated the discourses of parent–infant touch that circulate around and through Owlet, with particular attention to the relationship between visual and tactile resources. The study focuses on both its multimodal design and take-up by parents through analysis of interviews with the Owlet designer, Owlet as a product, focus groups with parents and families’ home experiences of Owlet. Data is analysed through a tri-part lens, which first combines multimodal social semiotic and sensory ethnographic approaches, and then the analytical concept of governmentality. The findings are discussed in relation to four analytical themes: (1) creating a desire for digitally mediated touch; (2) spatiality of digitally mediated connection; (3) formulating the ‘right kind’ of touch; and (4) reconfiguring ‘knowing touch’. The authors discuss multimodal discourses pertinent to the shaping of parent–baby touch practices including: rationality and efficiency; individualism, autonomy and freedom; and self-improvement and empowerment. They conclude that the discourses that coalesce around Owlet contribute to the reconfiguration of parent–baby touch and the formation of neoliberal subjectivities.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-18T07:09:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220961412
       
  • Social network documentary and its aesthetic metamorphosis: reflections
           from a practice-led research
    • Authors: Norman Zafra
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This article employs a practice-led methodology to offer a creative examination of the digital trends, online practices, and shifting aesthetics of political documentary as it migrates in the interstices of social media. At the centre of this research is the production and circulation of Facebook-native microdocumentaries, labelled under the rubric of compact cinematics and radical videos. As a networked platform, Facebook affords opportunities for media experimentation and allows filmmakers to innovate political and sociable contents. I argue that documentaries circulated on Facebook, particularly those with social change outreach, need to undergo an aesthetic adjustment to respond to ongoing ruptures in traditional storytelling and to address the shifting consumption modes of audiences online.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2021-01-11T06:34:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220959817
       
  • Forgive us our Trespasses: Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland
    • Authors: Serena Clark
      Pages: 124 - 133
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Volume 20, Issue 1, Page 124-133, February 2021.
      The Irish state and Catholic Church established Magdalene laundries and Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. These institutions forcibly housed unwed women who became pregnant, the last of which closed in 1996. It is estimated that 35,000 women were forced into these institutions and 6,000 babies died in their care. In 2014, a mass grave of babies and children was found in the septic tank at Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway. The following year, a commission was created to investigate these establishments. This visual essay explores the stories of these women and their babies as well as the reaction of a shocked nation.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-12-16T07:32:56Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357219894044
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • Typography: the constant vector of dynamic logos
    • Authors: Catarina Lelis, Sandra Leitão, Óscar Mealha, Ben Dunning
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Visual identities can be constructed from a number of elements which together can be described as the Visual Identity System (VIS). Typography is one of the VIS’s central elements. Typically, the VIS elements have been considered as static and associated with prescribable visual mandates; however, the hypermodernity paradigm boosted the notion of mobility in everything – and brands are no exception. Brand logos now change in shape, colour, wear different textures and sit on top of a variety of backgrounds. All this incredible flexibility has implications for their typographical elements too. In the empirical part of this research, 50 dynamic logos were selected, grouped according to Van Nes’ categories in Dynamic Identities: How to Create a Living Brand (2012) and the changes in their typographic components were analysed under the Multilingual Typeface Anatomy Terminology framework (Amado, 2012), firstly by the researchers, and then by a group of independent coders. It was verified that dynamic logos present a consistent pattern regarding typography since they preserve consistency through type’s structural axes. This result led to a set of recommendations for both designers working with type in the context of the (re)design of dynamic logos, and academics preparing the next generation of brand designers. This research aimed at identifying the typographical inroads in brands with dynamic logos and is a relevant contribution to the perception of how the anatomy of type can define visual consistency.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-12-23T07:36:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220966775
       
  • Visualization of disability in news photographs: an analytical framework
    • Authors: Pei Soo Ang, John S Knox
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This article proposes a framework for analyzing visual discourses of disability in press photographs: the Visual Discourses of Disability (ViDD) framework. The development of this framework is based on an analysis of 670 news photographs of disability published in a Malaysian English-language mainstream newspaper. Within the ViDD, the authors propose the notion of perspectivization of disability: how elements in a photo are configured to frame the perspective of disability. These configurations can be placed on a cline, from perspectivizing to personizing. In addition, the cumulative attitudinal meanings in a news image can be placed on another cline, from enabling to disabling. The ViDD framework combines both clines to understand and explain how news photographs construe disability. This framework can serve as a tool for making informed choices in selecting and publishing images of people with a disability, and of disability.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-11-04T11:20:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220957051
       
  • Digital intimacy and ambient embodied copresence in YouTube videos:
           construing visual and aural perspective in ASMR role play videos
    • Authors: Michele Zappavigna
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This article explores how digital intimacy is construed through ambient embodied copresence in ‘personal attention’ role play videos, a type of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) video that has become popular on YouTube. ASMR is the experience of positive sensations in response to visual and aural stimuli. Online video sharing platforms have provided a way for people who experience these ASMR sensations to watch, produce, and disseminate ASMR-invoking material. In ASMR role play videos the YouTuber constructs a conceit (e.g. a beautician visit) and uses visual and aural resources to encourage the feeling in the ambient viewers that they are there with the YouTuber experiencing the interaction. This article considers how these videos forge an immersive faux-interactional context, and invoke the visual and aural perspectives and embodiment of ambient viewers. The dataset explored is a playlist of 116 role play videos from the GentleWhispering ASMR YouTube channel, the most popular ASMR channel at the time of writing.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-07-03T05:25:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220928102
       
  • Neon visions: from techno-optimism to urban vice
    • Authors: Carolyn L Kane
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      In the first quarter of the 20th century, luminous neon signs paved the way for the multiscreen aesthetics now punctuating major intersections in metropolises around the world. And yet, these epicenters of spectacle currently bear little or no neon themselves. This article draws from visual studies and histories of electricity to chart a unique material history of neon from novelty to norm, to obsolescence. The article begins with neon’s introduction in France in 1910, followed by its travels across the Atlantic in 1923, when novel neon quickly became definitive of a new urban aesthetic. The best illustration of this is 1940s Las Vegas, where neon flourished as a symbol of glamour and modern progress until, less than a decade later, it lost ground to cheaper and more efficient backlit plastic, fluorescent, and eventually, LED lighting systems. By the 1960s, neon was abandoned to inner cities, noire film, and New Wave journalism, and yet, we still refer to the mega-screen spectacles in numerous cities around the world as bearing this same ‘neon aesthetic’. This article charts this visual journey, demonstrating how neon holds a special significance to urban visual cultures that extends beyond survey histories of electricity and basic light and color theories heralded in traditional visual communications courses.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-06-09T08:59:03Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220912457
       
  • Systematic creation of a city’s visual communication: logo design based
           on the phoenix flower in Tainan City, Taiwan
    • Authors: Wang Po Hsun, Gu Jie
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This study considers the urban branding of Tainan City, Taiwan. It explores how the city’s image continues its historical cultural milieu through the creation of a visual identity from the phoenix flower. The study analyzes a selection of logos used by organizations in the city, and the semiotic significance of organizational logos. From a sample of 67 logos, the form and content of the visual symbols are interpreted via morphological, content, and semiotic analyses. The logos are also categorized based on the following design features: pervasive symbols, cultural elements, typeface design, industrial embodiment, human body, decorative aids, and graphic design enhancement. Research indicates that Tainan uses the phoenix flower shape for design expression in logos, but because of a lack of uniformity in design norms, the logos are inconsistent. Therefore, standardization of the phoenix flower design used within the city environment would assist the Tainan city branding.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-06-04T05:54:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220917438
       
  • Happy hearts do not hang down: the design process for the 2018
           Valentine’s Day postage stamps of Finland
    • Authors: Leena Raappana-Luiro
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This article focuses on the multimodal design process for a set of Valentine’s Day postage stamps. It shows how semiotic resources were used to create the overall mood of the design. In particular, the style of the images made the general mood melancholic. During the process, the design was adapted to a commercial Valentine’s Day context through changes in specific resources.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-06-01T10:40:20Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220917435
       
  • Seeing and communicating: photography and young male adults with Autism
           Spectrum Disorder
    • Authors: Uschi Klein
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Digital photography is deeply embedded in people’s daily lives, as camera phones and digital compact cameras are widely used in social and cultural settings. People have an increased agency and choice over what they want to photograph, where and when; many people carry their smartphones everywhere and share their images instantly via social media platforms. Within the recent scholarship on everyday photography, however, little attention has been paid to the photographic practices of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), one of many marginalized groups whose photography has not been explored. This article addresses this shortfall. Drawing on a qualitative, image-based investigation, the author turns to phenomenology to examine four young male ASD adults’ unique ways of seeing and being-in-the-world as expressed through the use of their camera. Their involvement indicates that ASD people have the potential to have a powerful voice in how society conceives of what autism is and what it means to live with ASD. A case study discussion of key research findings presents examples of the pictures taken in the sphere of participants’ everyday lives, revealing that the camera acts as an extension of experience and perception, a mediator and filter. Photography enables the four male ASD individuals’ being-in-the-world and exposes the social life of this marginalized group. The article offers a significant contribution to the field of visual communication and sensory experience.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-06-01T10:38:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220917432
       
  • A rebellious thinker or a cultural icon: Chan master Huineng in theatrical
           resemiotization
    • Authors: Hailing Yu
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Adopting a multimodal social semiotic approach, this study investigates the resemiotization of the story of Huineng in two theatrical performances, the opera Snow in August performed in Taipei in 2002, and the musical theater The Sixth Patriarch Huineng performed in Shanghai in 2007. Although both claim to have been based on the historical record of Huineng, especially the Platform Sutra, significant differences exist. Focusing on the differences, the study investigates: (1) how semiotic resources of language, music and mise-en-scène are adopted to present Huineng in a particular way; and (2) why the semiotic resources are mobilized to present Huineng in such ways. Analysis shows that while Snow in August presents Huineng as a rebellious, independent thinker through episodes concerning Huineng’s innate enlightenment, breaking the alms-bowl and burning the robe, and his decline of the imperial invitation, The Sixth Patriarch Huineng presents Huineng as a cultural icon by emphasizing his reconciliation with former enemy Shenxiu, and the harmonious relationship between Huineng and the other characters. Each performance is contextualized to reveal ways in which resemiotization is socially situated and ideologically positioned.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-05-15T06:52:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220915632
       
  • Rethinking patient–provider care through visual communication
    • Authors: Stacy Elko, John A Velez, Melinda Corwin, Justin Robert Keene
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      The case study presented in this article developed an improved intervention for visually communicating with persons diagnosed with a communication disorder known as aphasia. The Visual Interactive Narrative Intervention (VINI) assists health-care providers in educating post-stroke persons with aphasia (PWA) about their stroke, symptoms, rehabilitation options, and quality of life issues. Visual communication is under-utilized to convey health information to PWA despite its ability to capitalize on their intact cognitive and visual processing. The current Reflections on Practice summarizes visual guidelines from previous research, discusses visual design principles to achieve these guidelines, and presents a case study of creating visual stimuli for PWA based on these considerations and initial pilot testing with PWA. The case study demonstrates the creative process, the visual design considerations, and the interdisciplinary effort (i.e. health professionals, artists, and communication scholars) necessary for visually communicating with PWA.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-05-06T06:39:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220915605
       
  • Trauma, self-stigma, and visual narrative: participatory research in
           Shinchimachi, Fukushima, following Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster
    • Authors: Allison Kwesell
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This research employs visual narrative as a tool in processing past trauma and perceptions of an irradiated, contaminated and contagious stigma that created social barriers for residents of Fukushima Prefecture in a post-nuclear disaster context. Residents from Shinchimachi, a village 50km north of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, felt that the media’s limited portrayal of their village diminished their lived experiences and they began to be identified by the post-nuclear disaster narrative. This research seeks to determine if visual narration of their own story could empower trauma victims by allowing them to create the story they deem real, offering a space to converse in a small-group setting, and aiding their understanding of their shared experience. A gap exists in current participatory visual methods research, few delving into participants’ resulting internal changes. In the present study, participants’ visual narratives illustrated internal shifts: their memories of the disaster, concerns and hopes, and day-to-day realities of living with a stigma imposed by outsiders and their internalization of it. Findings argue for a new term, visual self-narrative, derived from photographs, captions and photo-elicitation interviews, in order to illustrate changes that occur from the reflective process of visually narrating one’s own story.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-04-18T06:33:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220912458
       
  • Visualizing lived experience: mapping the soundscape of an after-school
           Minecraft club
    • Authors: Chris Bailey
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This article demonstrates the power of employing alternative, interpretative analysis techniques in ethnographic work. The author argues for the role of sensory interpretation as a valid and necessary method of analytical enquiry, particularly to challenge existing dominant, primarily written discourses that often strive for unrealistic empirical objectivity. In order to make this argument, he demonstrates a combined sonic/visual, interpretative approach to analysis, developed to explore the lived experience of a group of children in an after-school club that took place in and around the world-building videogame Minecraft. Here, inspired by research which takes artistic and exploratory approaches towards knowing, the author employs interpretative drawing as an analytical move. Underpinned by the work of Deleuze and Guattari (see A Thousand Plateaus, 1987: 12), the author produces a visual ‘map’ of soundscape data as a means of exploring potentially side-lined aspects of lived experience, through a process of resemiotization. Developing this sonic/visual approach in context – a process that had an impact on both the analyst and the analysis – helped to shed new light on the site under investigation. As such, this article builds on other analyses of sound in children’s social and educational experience by proposing that interpretative, visual responses to soundscape data can add value to otherwise purely written, or purely sonic, accounts.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-02-20T11:01:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220904384
       
  • In search of visual expertise: examining skilled vision in the work of
           news photo professionals

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Jenni Mäenpää
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Photojournalism professionals play a key role in producing and choosing the visual coverage that we see in the daily news media. This article focuses on photo editors and other photojournalism professionals behind the news images, and explores how they see and look at pictures professionally in order to decide what is newsworthy. The actual work practices of photojournalism professionals were scrutinized by using methods of newsroom observation and interviews at three media organizations. The theoretical framework applies ethnographic studies of vision in professional practices that consider vision as a socially situated activity and education of attention. The findings suggest that the education of the professional eye of photojournalism practitioners involves informal and everyday work practices that include characteristics of an apprenticeship. Finally, four areas where the professional knowledge accumulates were found: (1) constant following of news; (2) the use of reference images; (3) the use of specific software; and (4) social interaction among the professionals. In conclusion, it is argued that photojournalism professionals’ visual expertise is poorly understood. The shared vision is constitutive for the social organization of the profession while it concurrently narrows the visual coverage published in the media.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-02-11T12:02:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220901855
       
  • The visual representation of dual language education
    • Authors: Theresa Catalano
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Despite well documented benefits of dual language (DL) programs which deliver educational content in two languages, there are still few DL programs in the United States. As such, there is a need to understand how to effectively persuade more states/districts to adopt the programs. In addition, more critical research is needed that focuses on how the programs are represented visually, as well as how this visual representation reflects wider discourses about DL education that could impede the programs from reaching those who need them most. In this article, the author explores ideologies behind DL program discourse by looking at photojournalism (or in some cases, stock photos) from 34 local online news reports. She employed multimodal critical discourse analysis (MCDA), including a thematic analysis of images. Findings reveal that many of the discourses (e.g. neoliberalism) seen in analyses of written text were repeated visually but, in some cases, visual data communicated different discourses that were advanced in nuanced ways. The author concludes by urging more critical work in visual communication that focuses on educational issues.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-02-11T12:01:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357220904395
       
  • The visual representation of germs: a typology of popular germ depictions
    • Authors: Catherine Stones, James Stark, Sophie Rutter, Colin Macduff
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Germs have been visually represented in popular texts for over 100 years, yet little is understood about the dominant practices/concepts resident in such images. This article presents a new typology of popular germ representations from the UK consisting of three main types: Scientific, Carrier and Analogous. The first category pertains to the realm of the scientist, the second to domestic space and social norms, and the third primarily to the realm of the imagination. The study identifies a further 13 sub-types and discusses each in turn. The authors argue that a more varied range of germ images exist than the previous binary positioning of germ representations in the US would suggest. They account for the continued adoption of the Analogous Germ in relation to four key cultural forces and problematize the use of the Monster Germ and its alignment of ugliness and obesity with disease.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-01-23T09:46:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357219896055
       
  • Establishing authenticity and commodifying difference: a social semiotic
           analysis of Sámi jeans
    • Authors: Arlene Archer, Gustav Westberg
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      This article investigates a semiotic phenomenon within the global fashion industry: the branding of designer jeans as ‘authentic’ and ‘genuinely local’, focusing on the Swedish brand Sarva. Drawing on a social semiotics approach, the authors see authenticity as a discursive construct and look at the ways in which Sarva authenticate their jeans as Sámi in multimodal texts. The aim is: (1) to reveal how places and narratives are commodified in texts that accompany the jeans; and (2) to explore how authenticity is materially instantiated in the jeans by using different resources. The article focuses on the connotative provenance and affordances of different semiotic materials for the rendering of authenticity. The analysis of the jeans as semiotic entities reveals how the thickness of the garment, texture and leather details, and the choice of materials, languages as well as iconography, evoke ideas about historical and local ‘Sáminess’, whilst at the same time indexing a global ideology that regiments what quality jeans are. The analysis shows how authenticity can be reinvented and relocated in ways that allow a commodity to travel between the local and the global. It also shows how this movement is not neutral or straightforward, but rooted in power relations that underlie globalization and advanced capitalism.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-01-13T09:50:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357219896819
       
  • Hybrid repertoires of photo sharing: exploring the complexities of young
           adults’ photo-sharing practices
    • Authors: Katharina Lobinger, Rebecca Venema, Anja Kaufhold
      Abstract: Visual Communication, Ahead of Print.
      Photo sharing has become a routine everyday practice and an object of increasing scholarly interest in visual communication research. Previous studies focused on single photo-sharing practices and on how particular photo-sharing services or devices are used. This article, in contrast, highlights the merits of a repertoire-oriented approach to better understand the complexity and entanglement of photo-sharing practices across various channels in diversified media environments. Based on semi-structured qualitative interviews that are combined with creative visual methods, the present study explores the everyday photo-sharing practices of eight young adults. It examines how they decide and reflect on which pictures are shared with whom and via which communication channel. The analysis shows that photo-sharing repertoires are not just the mere sum of the different platforms used for sending and distributing pictures, but rather a meaningfully structured composition of practices. Sharing repertoires and practices are structured by decisions and considerations based on (1) the imagined affordances of platforms and their expected audiences as well as on (2) interpersonal coordination and matching practices. These decisions require multi-layered media literacy skills that include knowledge of technical aspects of visual media usage, knowledge of platform-specific affordances and norms, as well as knowledge of communication habits, preferences and attitudes of the communication partners. On the methodological level, the study underlines two aspects. First, practices of ‘smartphone photography’ are manifold. They go beyond photo sharing and also include the use of apps as camera tools and photographic software. This needs to be taken into account when examining and discussing the usage of specific apps or platforms. Second, the study highlights that visual creative methods and elicitation techniques can make a fruitful contribution to the methodological repertoire of communication research as they help to explore the complexities of everyday media use.
      Citation: Visual Communication
      PubDate: 2020-01-11T09:59:37Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1470357219894038
       
 
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