Editing of journal issue
The main aim of this Designing for the 21st Century Research Cluster was to enable a common language and process of collaboration to be established and communicated between the distinct disciplines represented within the cluster (e.g. computer scientists, artists, designers, psychologists, linguists, cultural theorists). The cluster also sought to establish a shared set of communication and design principles focussing on the screen and related digital spaces with a particular focus on the urban environment, museums and galleries. The results of these findings have been published as one of twenty-one essays an edited anthology. Triggs co-authored ‘Screens and the Social Landscape: Digital Design, Representation, Communication and Interaction’ with Jewitt and Kress, examining the cluster’s discussions about interdisciplinary research methods and the role of screens in the landscape.
Triggs and Jewitt equally edited a unique collection of visual and text-based essays - Special Issue: Screens and the Social Landscape. This issue of the leading academic journal Visual Communication was also published as a book to reach a broader academic audience. The publication explores the different ways in which a range of disciplines understand and use the screen as a way of communicating and engaging visually in the generation of their own messages or those of their clients. Its’ significance is twofold: firstly by bringing together leading design practitioners and new media theorists including Manovich and MIT Open Source software designers Fry and Reas; and secondly, in the treatments of the subject exploring the changing notions of the screen through a combination of visual and text-based explorations. Triggs co-authored the editorial with Jewitt as well as co-authoring a visual essay with practitioners Hooker and Sweeney titled ‘A Sunday Afternoon’ exploring the relationship between Seurat’s exploration of optical theory through the use of dots and the digital screen (pp. 154-163).