Using purpose-made objects for visual research: an exploratory case study

Hinthorne, Lauren Leigh and Simpson Reeves, Laura (2015) Using purpose-made objects for visual research: an exploratory case study. Visual Communication, 14 2: 155-178. doi:10.1177/1470357214565585

Author Hinthorne, Lauren Leigh
Simpson Reeves, Laura
Title Using purpose-made objects for visual research: an exploratory case study
Journal name Visual Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-3214
Publication date 2015-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1470357214565585
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 155
End page 178
Total pages 24
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This article responds to Pauwels’ assertion that visual research is no longer the (nearly) exclusive domain of camera-based visual materials and methods. The authors argue that, in certain contexts, objects can provide appropriate and valid visual research materials in their own right. The article begins by examining the institutionalized parameters for visual research established by this journal (Visual Communication), Visual Studies and the International Visual Sociology Association. Next, a careful review of the contemporary literature reveals that objects are already recognized as legitimate visual research materials, albeit discreetly. After describing an exploratory research process that integrated participatory mapping and 3D model-building activities, the authors discuss the potential of purpose-made objects as a distinctive type of visual material. The article concludes by encouraging the acceptance of visual research that looks beyond images.
Keyword 3D model-building
Papua New Guinea
Participatory development communication
Participatory mapping
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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