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Recognizing appropriate representation of Indigenous knowledge in professional design practice

Kelly, Meghan and Kennedy, Russell 2016, Recognizing appropriate representation of Indigenous knowledge in professional design practice, Visible language, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 153-173.

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Title Recognizing appropriate representation of Indigenous knowledge in professional design practice
Author(s) Kelly, MeghanORCID iD for Kelly, Meghan
Kennedy, RussellORCID iD for Kennedy, Russell
Journal name Visible language
Volume number 50
Issue number 1
Start page 153
End page 173
Total pages 21
Publisher University of Cincinnati
Place of publication Cincinnati, Ohio
Publication date 2016-04
ISSN 0022-2224
Keyword(s) Indigenous Design Knowledge
Stakeholder Engagement Theory
Summary This paper focuses on the need for designers to follow clear, concise, workable practises to engage appropriately and ethically with indigenous knowledge on projects involving the graphical depiction of indigenous culture. Incorporating indigenous symbols into visual communication design strategies impacts a wide range of stakeholders and therefore requires a sensitive approach with broad consultation in regard to permissions and intellectual property rights; issues can be worked through if respectful practice methods are applied. This paper acknowledges cultural appropriation is not new and that creative, cross cultural interpretation and expressions of hybridity should be encouraged. However respectful communication, consultation, and collaboration are required whenever commercial application of indigenous culture is attempted. To demonstrate the need for clarity, three case study examples will be presented, each with design solutions involving the use of graphical depictions of indigenous culture and each selected due to the varying degrees of stakeholder engagement undertaken in the design process. The introduction of the ladder of stakeholder engagement theory is a new concept introduced in this paper that can be employed to better consider the appropriate and ethical engagement of designers with indigenous knowledge.
Language eng
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
1203 Design Practice And Management
Socio Economic Objective 950205 Visual Communication
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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