Across Disciplines: Literature and Graphic Design

By Melissa Plourde Khoury and Tarek E. Khoury.

Published by The Design Collection

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The visual communication of word, meaning and content too often is overlooked in graphic design studies. Graphic design students commonly create designs in which content plays a secondary role while emphasis is placed upon aesthetic and visceral approaches. This predicament derives from the students’ lack of guidance in comprehending, creating and transmitting written information. An examination of common collaborations in undergraduate studies indicates that a range of disciplines other than writing are often combined with graphic design. However, graphic design should be visual communication through word and image. Therefore, words should play an integral role in graphic design education. The question then arises: What kind of words could possibly provide content that stimulates change within graphic design studies? Literature poses great potential. It is an ever-evolving, multi-faceted discipline, which places emphasis on aesthetics. An analysis of the relationships between literature and graphic design indicates that numerous commonalities exist. Key examples of parallelisms occur within the realms of: Imagist poetry, visible words, words in motion, fairy tale animation and digital media. In conclusion, literature offers a valuable and diverse content base with the capacity to inspire and enrich today’s visually oriented graphic design studies.

Keywords: Graphic Design, Education, Cross-disciplinary, Writing, Literature

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.55-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 804.369KB).

Melissa Plourde Khoury

Assistant Professor, Graphic Design Department, The Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon

Melissa Plourde Khoury is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Byblos Lebanon. She currently works as a partner design consultant and joint researcher with Tarek Khoury. They have published a variety of papers related to topics such as: design writing, research and education as well as Lebanese design culture and art. They have participated in design and education conferences in Korea, Mexico, the United States, Turkey and China. Melissa, though originally from the United States, has resided and taught in Lebanon since 2004. She specializes in teaching publication design, typography, design history and theory. She holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a MFA from Boston University. Both of her degrees are in Graphic Design.

Tarek E. Khoury

Assistant Professor, Graphic Design Department, The Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon

Tarek E. Khoury is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Byblos Lebanon. Tarek is a Lebanese citizen who has taught in Lebanon since 2003 and is currently the Co-Chairperson of the Graphic Design Department at LAU in Byblos. He currently works as a partner design consultant and joint researcher with Melissa Plourde Khoury. They have published a variety of papers related to topics such as: design writing, research and education as well as Lebanese design culture and art. They have participated in design and education conferences in Korea, Mexico, the United States, Turkey and China. Tarek specializes in teaching motion graphics, time-based media, animation concept, advertising and branding. He holds a BS from the Lebanese American University in Graphic Design, a MA from Birmingham University in Visual Communications and a MFA from Boston University in Graphic Design.

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