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dc.contributor.authorMultiple authors
dc.contributor.authorAbdisalam, Sadia
dc.contributor.authorAlexander, James
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Carole
dc.contributor.authorAyling, Tom
dc.contributor.authorBarness, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorBîrhală, Diana
dc.contributor.authorBorțoi, Maria
dc.contributor.authorCanniffe, Bernard J.
dc.contributor.authorCapaldi, Patti
dc.contributor.authorCardoso, Tânia A.
dc.contributor.authorClass Action Collective
dc.contributor.authorCulliford, Megan
dc.contributor.authorCunningham, Stephanie
dc.contributor.authorDavies, Meg
dc.contributor.authorDey, Subir
dc.contributor.authorFrame, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorGanci, Aaron
dc.contributor.authorGibbons, Peter
dc.contributor.authorGvozdeva, Sofija
dc.contributor.authorHerrmann, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorLee, Chae Ho
dc.contributor.authorHoffmann, Alma
dc.contributor.authorKamaruzzaman, Hedzlynn
dc.contributor.authorKarp, Merle
dc.contributor.authorKaufman-Hill, Holly K.
dc.contributor.authorKilburn, John
dc.contributor.authorKorenblat, Joshua
dc.contributor.authorLehrer, Warren
dc.contributor.authorLewis, Erica V. P.
dc.contributor.authorLhowe, Christine
dc.contributor.authorLi, Xinyi
dc.contributor.authorSalchow Macarthur, Kelly
dc.contributor.authorMayers, Shelly
dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, Steven
dc.contributor.authorMilea, Bianca
dc.contributor.authorNesteruk, Sara
dc.contributor.authorNormoyle, Cat
dc.contributor.authorTeague, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorNini, Paul
dc.contributor.authorOsborne, Emily
dc.contributor.authorShefrin, Sima Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorShim, Kyuha
dc.contributor.authorSibrian, Angelica
dc.contributor.authorSinni, Gianni
dc.contributor.authorSgarro, Irene
dc.contributor.authorSmart, David
dc.contributor.authorSoar, Matt
dc.contributor.authorTang, Junie
dc.contributor.authorTegtmeyer, Rebecca
dc.contributor.authorThon Knutsen, Ane
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Isobel
dc.contributor.authorWestley, Darryl
dc.contributor.authorWinstanley, Lisa
dc.contributor.authorWoo, Danne
dc.contributor.authorWood, Dave
dc.contributor.authorGregory, Helena
dc.contributor.authorRaeburn, Colin
dc.contributor.authorMalcolm, Jackie

Dunne, C., Huus, Å., Ísleifsdóttir, D., James, M., Cooper, L., Jones, P. and Squire, V. (eds.) (2022) Covid-19 Special Issue : Capturing visual insights, thoughts and reflections on 2020/21 and beyond…Available at:


If there is a theme running through the Message Covid-19 special issue, it is one of caring. Of our own and others’ resilience and wellbeing, of friendship and community, of students, practitioners and their futures, of social justice, equality and of doing the right thing. The veins of designing with care run through the edition, wide and deep. It captures, not designers as heroes, but those with humble views, exposing the need to understand a diversity of perspectives when trying to comprehend the complexity that Covid-19 continues to generate.

As graphic designers, illustrators and visual communicators, contributors have created, documented, written, visualised, reflected, shared, connected and co-created, designed for good causes and re-defined what it is to be a student, an academic and a designer during the pandemic. This poignant period in time has driven us, through isolation, towards new rules of living, and new ways of working; to see and map the world in a different light. A light that is uncertain, disjointed, and constantly being redefined.

This Message issue captures responses from the graphic communication design community in their raw state, to allow contributors to communicate their experiences through both their written and visual voice. Thus, the reader can discern as much from the words as the design and visualisations.

Through this issue a substantial number of contributions have focused on personal reflection, isolation, fear, anxiety and wellbeing, as well as reaching out to community, making connections and collaborating. This was not surprising in a world in which connection with others has often been remote, and where ‘normal’ social structures of support and care have been broken down. We also gain insight into those who are using graphic communication design to inspire and capture new ways of teaching and learning, developing themselves as designers, educators, and activists, responding to social justice and to do good; gaining greater insight into society, government actions and conspiracy.



Victoria Squire

Coping with Covid: Community, connection and collaboration

James Alexander and Carole Evans, Meg Davies, Matthew Frame, Chae Ho Lee, Alma Hoffmann, Holly K. Kaufman-Hill, Joshua Korenblat, Warren Lehrer, Christine Lhowe, Sara Nesteruk, Cat Normoyle and Jessica Teague and Kyuha Shim

Coping with Covid: Isolation, wellbeing and hope

Sadia Abdisalam, Tom Ayling, Jessica Barness, Megan Culliford, Stephanie Cunningham, Sofija Gvozdeva, Hedzlynn Kamaruzzaman, Merle Karp, Erica V. P. Lewis, Kelly Salchow Macarthur, Steven McCarthy, Shelly Mayers, Sima Elizabeth Shefrin , Angelica Sibrian, David Smart, Ane Thon Knutsen, Isobel Thomas and Darryl Westley

Coping with Covid: Pedagogy, teaching and learning

Bernard J Canniffe, Subir Dey, Aaron Ganci, Elizabeth Herrmann, John Kilburn, Paul Nini, Emily Osborne, Gianni Sinni and Irene Sgarro, Dave Wood, Helena Gregory, Colin Raeburn and Jackie Malcolm

Coping with Covid: Social justice, activism and doing good

Class Action Collective, Xinyi Li, Matt Soar, Junie Tang and Lisa Winstanley

Coping with Covid: Society, control and conspiracy

Diana Bîrhală, Maria Borțoi, Patti Capaldi, Tânia A. Cardoso, Peter Gibbons, Bianca Milea, Rebecca Tegtmeyer and Danne Woo

dc.publisherUniversity of Plymouthen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectCollage, covid creativity, negative space, found objects, graphic designen_US
dc.subjectChinese, hanzi, characters, communication, expression, friendship, peaceen_US
dc.subjectComics, graphic medicine, community, connection, dogen_US
dc.subjectCo-Creation, Diversity, Inclusion, Virtual Space, Visual Communicationen_US
dc.subjectImage, montage, typography, participatory, political, videoen_US
dc.subjectCommunity, collaboration, sketchbook, social media, digital studio, publishing, editorial designen_US
dc.subjectSocial justice, COVID, remote learning, design education, design innovationen_US
dc.subjectCollage, remixing, remediation, appropriationen_US
dc.subjectRevival, hope, relief, challenge, environmenten_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19, Zoom TM, online presence, design education, remote teaching and collaborationen_US
dc.subjectLife, lessons, path, obstacles, overcome, challengeen_US
dc.subjectDrawings, bibliographies, writing, Instagram, booksen_US
dc.subjectWax seals, wax stamp, renewal, Sankofa, Phoenix, Daruma, symbolsen_US
dc.subjectVideo conferencing, social distancing, remote working, communication barriers, lockdown, disconnecten_US
dc.subjectPandemic, lockdown, drifting/drift, unmoored, float, textureen_US
dc.subjectRefuge, joy, identity, duality, design, edgeen_US
dc.subjectData visualization, analog materials, visual communication, graphic design, sewn artifact, non-digital toolsen_US
dc.subjectMotion graphics, human-computer interaction, bodily experience, wellbeing at work, work from home, ergonomicsen_US
dc.subjectDartmoor, sensation, collage, landscape, grid, divisionen_US
dc.subjectConspiracy, vaccine, Bill Gates, fake newsen_US
dc.subjectVisual Communication, Lockdown Experience, Editorial Design, Students Of Lockdown, Zine Seriesen_US
dc.subjectProbono, branding, logo design, poster design, typography, lettering, daily practice, calligraphy, creative practice, COVID coping, design, graphic design, typeen_US
dc.subjectPropaganda, conspiracy, consumerism, humanity, covid, pandemic.en_US
dc.subjectExpressive typography, mental health, Invisible Cities, book art, editorial designen_US
dc.subjectSocial issues, vaccination conspiracies, Covid-19 pandemic, vaccination side effects, contradictory fears, Covid-19 vaccineen_US
dc.subjectProfessional practice, pedagogy, agency project, live brief, DJCADen_US
dc.subjectProcreate, illustraton, graphic design, pandemic, motivation, health Vote, election, science, activism, patriotism, faith, politics, billboarden_US
dc.subjectDesign education, online academies, online education, DIY, OpenCourseWare, workshops, podcasrs, practice-based, practitioneren_US
dc.subjectTypographic poster, silkscreen poster, graphic design, print design and essential workersen_US
dc.subjectPandemic, isolation, Covid, quarantine, shelter-in-place (especially if followed by "art")en_US
dc.subjectHaiku (poetry), design process, social innovation design, ethic of care (philosophy), community garden design, everyday design practiceen_US
dc.subjectDesign fiction, design for public, speculative, future rituals, daily habits, Iuav Venezia.en_US
dc.subjectWorkplace equity, user interface design, higher education, research through design, Covid-19en_US
dc.subjectInterdisciplinary, Collaboration, Cross-disciplinary, Episodes, Video-cast, Creative Resilienceen_US
dc.subjectAugmented reality, branding, immersive experience, social media, virtual commencementen_US
dc.subjectSelf-reflection, visual art, design failures, experimentation, analogue photographyen_US
dc.subjectTogetherness, collaboration, retrospection, sewing, outsideen_US
dc.subjectMental health, editorial, collage, identity, exorssionen_US
dc.subjectData, Data Visualization, COVID-19, Police Violence, Designen_US
dc.subjectDesign activism, everyday digital resistance, design as process, generative and affective action, design education, frameworken_US
dc.subjectTypography, Letterpress, class of 2020, uncertainty, designen_US
dc.subjectWarren Lehrer, visual poetry, visual literature, expressionistic typography, The Hope Wall, Carrier Pigeon Magazine, The Public Eye, Colliding Lines, Dennis J Bernstein, Adeena Karasick, Josh Gosfield, Wesley Freeman-Smith, Anton Wojcik, Angharad Hengyu Owenen_US
dc.subjectBarbados, Caribbean, COVID-19, climate change, natural disasters, student projecten_US
dc.subjectDissent, ennui, indigenous, social media, orangeen_US
dc.subjectPhotography portrait, pandemic, window, community, glassen_US
dc.subjectStudent, health, anxiety, processing, spontaneity, pessimismen_US
dc.subjectLetterpress, printing, printmaking, typography, woodtype, mental healthen_US
dc.subjectCollaboration, apps, illustration, virtual, chaos, educationen_US
dc.subjectDesign, connection, perspective, visual communication, COVID-19, masksen_US
dc.subjectVirginia Woolf, On Being Ill, The Hogarth Press, Letterpress, Artist book, graphic designen_US
dc.subjectGraphic design, pedagogy, pandemic, visual communication, comics researchen_US
dc.titleMessage Journal, Issue 5: COVID-19 SPECIAL ISSUE Capturing visual insights, thoughts and reflections on 2020/21 and beyond...en_US

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