Research Methods Homepage

VUIT Digital Arts

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email:
Education Manager: Adam Hutterer - email:

Class Website -

Subject: REM - Research Methods

Course: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV60411)

CLASS 07imagine


Today's Class: 50 THINGS


// objective: to create awareness of what we see. stop assuming, start engaging.

- introduction to research concepts and theories of creativity
- develop and apply your own theories to your creative practice

// time: two hours

// final submission: content in your journal & email me a scanned image of your 50 things.


Everything around us has been created in some way. The footpath you walk on, the food you eat,
the trees in the street. In our busy daily lives we tend to assume the obvious and don’t question
how things got here - where did they come from, and why are they here?

There is so much beauty out there in the world around us. Stop assuming things are just the way they are. Start questioning everything and be engaged with your surroundings - this will feed your inspiration.

Your challenge is to document a journey and share with us how you see it. You are required to write down and draw 50 things on your journey.

Create it like an old school treasure map, be creative!




Take a look at this site - it shows heaps of interesting art books - note one in aparticular: "Wreck This Journal" by Keri Smith




Main text for this subject

Smith, Keri 2008, How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum, Penguin Books


Academic texts on creative research

Borgdorff, Henk 2010, "The Production of Knowledge in Artistic Research" in The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts, Routledge

Candy, Linda 2006, Practice Based Research: A Guide, Creativity & Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney, CCS Report: 2006-V1.0 November, viewed 22/11/2010 < >

Fortnum, Rebecca 2009, "On Not Knowing; how artists think – Symposium Introduction", Symposium: On not knowing: how artists think, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, < >

Gray, C. & Malins, J ,1993, Research Procedures / Methodology for Artists & Designers, < >

Smith, Hazel & Dean, Roger T. (Editors) 2010, Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press





For Next Week

Keep up to date with your explorer journal. Remember to add the following each week:

  1. A colourful and creative mindmap of the word of the week (one page)
  2. Find an article that you find interesting and write a 100 word reflection on it. (What did you like, did not like etc) Make sure you paste a copy of the article in your journal (two pages)
  3. A photo you have taken yourself that you find interesting. Make sure you date it, tell us its location and why you took it. (two pages)
  4. A treasure discovery. Find something from the urban landscape of Melbourne and place this in your journal. 

    Tell us why you find it interesting. (two pages)
  5. ALL Notes/examples of your weekly class activity.