The second, thoroughly revised and expanded, edition of The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods presents a wide-ranging exploration and overview of the field today. As in its first edition, the Handbook does not aim to present a consistent view or voice, but rather to exemplify diversity and contradictions in perspectives and techniques. The selection of chapters from the first edition have been fully updated to reflect current developments. New chapters to the second edition cover key topics including picture-sorting techniques, creative methods using artefacts, visual framing analysis, therapeutic uses of images, and various emerging digital technologies and online practices. At the core of all contributions are theoretical and methodological debates about the meanings and study of the visual, presented in vibrant accounts of research design, analytical techniques, fieldwork encounters and data presentation. This handbook presents a unique survey of the discipline that will be essential reading for scholars and students across the social and behavioural sciences, arts and humanities, and far beyond these disciplinary boundaries. The Handbook is organized into seven main sections: PART 1: FRAMING THE FIELD OF VISUAL RESEARCH; PART 2: VISUAL AND SPATIAL DATA PRODUCTION METHODS AND TECHNOLOGIES; PART 3: PARTICIPATORY AND SUBJECT-CENTERED APPROACHES; PART 4: ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORKS AND PERSPECTIVES; PART 5: MULTIMODAL AND MULTISENSORIAL RESEARCH; PART 6: RESEARCHING ONLINE PRACTICES; and PART 7: COMMUNICATING THE VISUAL: FORMATS AND CONCERNS.

Visual Research Methods in the Design Process

Visual research methods in the design process
Prasad Boradkar Tejas Dhadphale

Introduction

Design, like the arts, is often regarded as a visual discipline. The design disciplines have, throughout their histories, actively engaged visual methods of problem-solving. Architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and interior design – some of the core design disciplines – clearly employ a variety of visual techniques in their standard praxis. The creation of aesthetically appealing artifacts is often described as one of design's primary goals, and therefore, the research that is conducted in the design disciplines includes several visual methods. These typically include photography, videography, sketching, diagramming, storyboarding, model-making, prototyping, and so on. A variety of visual practices ...

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