week 6: Literature Review

Snodgrass, N., 2018. Facilitating Diversity: The Designer’s Role In Supporting Cultural Representations Through Multi-Script Type Design And Research. Master of Fine Arts. Kent State University.

I cam across this paper when I was researching for my Artefact submission in GDE720, and I was interested in its inclusion of multi-script type design. I’ve since delved deeper into it to see how it has approached its subject and what research methodologies it has used. It makes some great points about typography, and my project would sit in an adjacent spot to it. As such I have used as a springboard for my own research, rather than quoting from it too heavily.

This has been a great help for looking at how MA papers are structured and what they include, from interviews and chapters to research methodologies. I’d like my outcome to be more based on how to run a project, though it is very useful from a research standpoint. Of particular interest to me was:

  • Interviews conducted with type experts with questions included in appendices. There are eight (eight!) and I am struggling to get people to respond to me.
  • Surveys with analysis of respondents with questions included in appendices


  • Blankenship, Sherry. (2003). Cultural Considerations: Arabic Calligraphy and Latin Typography. Design Issues, vol. 19, no. 2, p. 60–63., doi:10.1162/074793603765201415.
    • “Typography is more than legibility, and more than aesthetics. It is the search for greater power in the written word. It is the embodiment of a culture’s identity. It is the celebration of humanity”
  • Hall, S., Held, D., & McGrew, T. (1992). The Question of Cultural Identity. In Hall, S. (Ed.), Modernity and Its Futures. p. 274–280. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Leeson, H. (2014). Classifying Signs. The Recorder, Issue 1, p. 19-26.
  • Bourdieu, P. (1996). Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste. USA: President and Fellows of Harvard College and Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd.
  • Smith, R. C., Vangkilde, K. T., Kjaersgaard, M. G., Otto, T., Halse, J., Binder, T. (2016). Design Anthropology Futures. London, UK: Bloomsbury.
  • Thompson, N., Sholette, G. (2004). The Interventionists: Users’ Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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