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Title: Telling tales : pictograms as a visual voice
Authors: Scott, Lee 
Issue Date: 17-Oct-2013
In this critically reflective self-study I have illustrated how my research in the
field of Graphic design has been purposeful in creating a visual voice to
express myself, improve my practice as an artist, teacher, and visual activist
and in turn create an alternate voice for others.
My study includes the conceptualization of the pictographic cards that I have
named PicTopics, their value as an educational tool and their pertinence as
visual prompts. My research questions have included exploring the role of the
PicTopics in communicating a story or message, and how they could be
pertinent to my practice as an artist, researcher, teacher and social being. My
methodology, under the umbrella of self-study, has explored the living social,
educational, and artistic values associated with fun, playing, creativity and
wellbeing as a way to improve my practice.
I used the PicTopic in a variety of settings - with the public at an art gallery to
record their stories, in the classroom as creative prompts and as a way to
inspire and conceptualize the practical artistic component of this study.
I believe that the PicTopics when used as prompts can trigger and cultivate
storytelling, enable engagement between people and open communication
channels between the educator, and students. The PicTopics have become a
thread between my living theories which are linked with my values and
beliefs, my practice as an artist and my role as an educator and social
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a Master’s Degree in Technology: Graphic Design, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2013.
Appears in Collections:Theses and dissertations (Arts and Design)

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