RtD Comics: A Medium for Representing Research Through Design

Dykes, Thomas, Blythe, Mark, Wallace, Jayne, Thomas, James and Regan, Tim (2016) RtD Comics: A Medium for Representing Research Through Design. In: Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2016), 4-8 June 2016, Brisbane.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901821


This paper argues that comics are a powerful and valuable medium for representing research through design. We review different formats for representing design including the academic paper, the photo-essay and the annotated portfolio. We argue that the comic book form can be better suited to representing various aspects of the design process including interaction, form and aesthetics. We illustrate our argument with examples taken from a comic book about the design of Paper Street View, an interactive system, which allows users to navigate Google Street View with a paper map and brass marker. We argue that comics are well suited to capturing the dynamic process of making, the dialogue and different viewpoints that contribute to interdisciplinary work as well as the interactive and aesthetic elements of a final design.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 10:10
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 12:13
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27469

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