Juxtaposing Chinese and Western Representational Principles: New Design Methods for Information Graphics in the Field of Intercultural Communication.

Baur, Ruedi; Felsing, Ulrike (June 2016). Juxtaposing Chinese and Western Representational Principles: New Design Methods for Information Graphics in the Field of Intercultural Communication. In: Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference.. 27–30 Juni 2016.

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This article examines knowledge graphics from the Chinese and Western cultures, which, in the course of globalization, are being increasingly loosened from their original cultural references. If it is assumed that at most pictographs, but not complex graphics, are universally understandable, “visual translations” must be developed for knowledge graphics if we are to transfer them into another cultural reference system. Using the example of a widespread graphic form-the tree diagram-the research presented here will explain specific representational principles and the cultural concepts on which they are based. Here, on the visible surface, formal correlations can indeed be observed. However, if we ask what conceptual structures the graphics are based on, we encounter two fundamentally different representational systems. The article focuses on the question of which design methods are capable of making the diverse relationships between these representational systems comprehensible.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

Bern Academy of the Arts
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute of Design Research

Name:

Baur, Ruedi and
Felsing, Ulrike0000-0003-3791-3316

Language:

English

Submitter:

Anouk Flora Sabina Bonsma

Date Deposited:

10 Aug 2021 15:10

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2021 15:10

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.15168

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/15168

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