Academic journal article Visible Language

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Academic journal article Visible Language

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Whether with fingertip, legs, or by vehicle, people navigate dynamic seamless environments. Along the way, volumes of information instantly becomes accessible. Seeking to either play, purchase, learn, socially interact, or wayfind, environmental communication serves all human needs. Whether destinations be physical or virtual, the built environment traversed is increasingly being integrated with immersive and customizing technologies. The human experience is being affected in profound and accelerated ways.

Planning for effective environmental communication has always required holistic thinking, an inclusive design process and empathy for people's spa- tial narratives. Designing for environmental communication has provided the convergence of several related fields: architecture, landscape architec- ture, graphic design, industrial design, interaction design, anthropology, and cognitive science. Environmental communication is about building positive human experiences that provide people a sense of place, vital information accessed, comfort in spaces inhabited, and destinations found.

For design curriculum today, how are they adjusting to accommodate and sufficiently prepare students? How shall communication design education develop a necessary knowledge base, new pedagogical methods, more inclusive design process, and elevate human centered priorities? This special issue on environmental communication begins to explore these questions. …

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