Visible Language


An independent scholarly journal published continuously since 1967.

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Interdisciplinary, innovative, rigorous, scholarship in visible language—this is what characterizes the journal Visible Language.
So what is visible language?

It is the typefaces, glyphs, word-image equations, signs, color codes, emoticons, websites, books, diagrams, concrete poetry, icons, movie trailers, letterforms, punctuation, grids, navigation, search and find (or not), television graphics, word art, symbols, notations systems, texts and visible patterns. It is interaction of perception, cognition, emotion, and contexts that help form and inform our lives.

What is a landscape without visible language?
Nature and material artifacts with only spoken words.

Our Mission

Enhancing human experience through the advancement of research and practice of visual communication.
Working toward a balance between artfulness and science,
between innovation and respect for human patterns of use,
between research backed by evidence and intuitive exploration,
between technology and its cultural implications for communication.

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Visible Lanuage

April 2014

Moving Beyond “Just Making Things”: Design History in the Studio and the Survey Classroom
Dori Griffin

Critical Writing Strategies to Improve Class Critiques
Jillian Coorey , Gretchen Caldwell Rinnert

Letterpress: Looking Backward to Look Forward
Alexander Cooper , Rose Gridneff, Andrew Haslam

The Influence of Serifs on ‘h’ and ‘i’: Useful Knowledge from Design-led Scientific Research
Sofie Beier , Mary C. Dyson

Investigating Readers’ Impressions of Typographic Differentiation Using Repertory Grids
Jeanne-Louise Moys

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