Visual Research
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Visual Research

Overview

Visual research can be used to help reveal different types of information about a workplace and working conditions.

Purpose

Objects, images and artefacts related to workers' jobs can all be used creatively to help reveal and reflect upon the work process and workplace relationships. Some of these approaches have distinctly radical potential and cross over into creative and artistic methods of inquiry.

Advantages

In Practice

Research can take different forms, either focusing on the significance of 'everyday' items within a workplace, asking workers to represent their roles visually, or imagining how objects might be transformed to improve their jobs.

Many of these methods are also useful in combination with other approaches such as

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Methods

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Tools

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Loom
Video
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Miro
Visual
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Whimsical
Visual
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Kumu
Visual
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LibraOffice Draw
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Examples

Further Reading

Many of these visual research methods are from a social anthropology background but have found applications in workplace sociology, critical social science approaches and also in more specialised areas like human-computer interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW).

For more information, see:

Prosser, J. ‘Visual methods and the visual culture of schools’, in Visual Studies, Vol. 22, No. 1, April 2007