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Graphicacy and Culture: Refocusing on visual learning

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ISBN: [hardback, colour] 978-1-909671-06-5 … £55.00 RRP
ISBN: [paperback, B&W] 978-1-909671-07-2 – £15.99 RRP
ISBN: [ebook, mobi] 978-1-909671-23-2 – £9.99 RRP

The print versions are available from The Great British Book Shop, online book sellers (eg BOOKS etc) and all good book shops

A print replica ebook version for Kindles is available from Amazon.

About This Book

Xenia Danos’ book contributes to the creation of a platform for education in the area of graphicacy and refocusing on visual learning. The foundation for the book is Xenia’s literature review concerning the development of graphicacy in humans. Despite exploring over 2000 references, the prior research was limited in scope, but raised many potentially interesting points of departure.

Ken Baynes puts this literature review in context with an opening essay on the significance of the visual in Western culture. He explores the role of graphicacy in cultural change, its role in establishing continuities, and particularly its significance for shaping the future through modelling and design. After discussing graphicacy in education, its development and progression, and relationship to students’ learning, Xenia presents a new taxonomy that she designed primarily to facilitate the analysis of graphicacy across educational curricula, although it has wider application.

Graphicacy is vital to an extraordinary range of human activities ranging from design to archaeology. It is a key medium for communicating ideas, information and proposals in everyday life. A feature of Xenia’s book is a number of case studies demonstrating current graphic practice in professions as diverse as dentistry, psychotherapy and engineering. Taken together they serve to substantiate her argument for the use of graphic media as a means of learning and expression in education. The book’s purpose is to get graphicacy on the educational agenda and it makes a powerful case.

The book also provides a framework for more specialist forthcoming LDP titles that take the connection between graphicacy and design into related areas of practice and education.

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Blog and Reviews

Further information can be found in the Blog  item concerning Graphicacy and Culture: Refocusing on Visual Learning and a review by Gill Hope can also be found on LDP’s Blog.

Join In Xenia’s Research

This is a list of some of the different areas of human life where people use drawing in their work taken from the Quick on the Draw exhibition (Baynes, 2008). If you have any similar – or surprising – examples then please send them to Xenia by emailing

Advertiser, animator, archaeologists, architect, architectural historian, astrologer, astronomer, artist, automotive designer, author, accident reports, air hostess. Biologist, blacksmith, botanist, builder, boat builder, burial grounds, building survey, cabinetmaker, calligrapher, carpenter, cartographer, cartoonist, city planner, chemist, civil engineer, choreographer, clown, composer, computer programmer, company chairman, computer scientist, conservator, costume designer, court artists, communications designer, decorator, designer, draughtsman, drainage engineer, director, editor, electrician, embroiderer, engineer, entrepreneur, environmentalist, ergonomist, explorer, executive, electronic engineer, fashion designer, filmmaker, football coach, forger, forensic artist, failure analyst, furniture designer, geographer, geologist, graphic designer, garden designer.Heating engineer, historian, hairdresser, horticulturalist, industrial designer, illustrator, interior designer, inventor, jewellery designer, joiner, landscape architect, letter cutter, lighting designer, landscape gardener, land registry, make-up artist, mapmaker, mason, mathematician, meteorologist, motorist, magazine illustration, management consultant, naval architect, navigator, office manager, painter, pattern cutter, pattern maker, physicist, planner, plumber, product designer, product development, product innovation, timber merchant, print maker, radiographer, road engineer, road markings painter, researcher, scene painter, sculptor, sign writer, solider, stage-set designer, statistician ,store manager, surgeon, sky writer, systems engineer, structural engineer, social worker, silversmith, tattooist, teacher, textile designer, therapist, tree surgeon, toy designer, truck driver, telephone engineer, train system (map), theatre costume designer, vehicle designer, veterinarian, weaver, war artist, window cleaner, zoologist.