Exibited during Dutch Design Week 2019, Driving Dutch Design
The many misconceptions about refugees among Dutch citizens lead to negative imaging in society. In what way can design make a meaningful contribution for changing these misunderstandings?
Coloured Framings is part of a long-term research into this pressing social matter. This wallpaper is a visual translation of a scientific study* by Noura Yacoubi into the image of the refugee in the Netherlands (and Flanders). They are to be considered a pilot: a starting point for further dialogue and reflection. By showing architypical images in a decorative pattern, Coloured Framing tries to visualise the ideological workings of mass media.
* Thesis: Framing ideologies, MA Track online communication, major global communication, Department of Culture Studies, School of Humanities.
Working together with Noura Yacoubi has created a firm foundation to create from within this complex context. Text and image work complementary and have a lot of influence on tone, colour and framing. The way we perceive texts and images is changing though and news seems to become more sensational. Sensational writing creates a stage for an ideologic message. That is dangerous within the context of news media. News coveres the message of a group, not an individual, therefor the individual is quickly tainted with a unfitting label. Coloured Framing visualises these effects by using decorative tools that relate to our subjective opinions within a topic where it is important to get a most possible objective message across.