Externalise, materialise, confront: on the making of sociolegal worry beads Part 2

A field trip to Cyprus got me thinking about worry beads. I began wondering how they might be used by Cypriots to think about their emotions and worries associated with the past, present and future of Cyprus reunification talks. But realised that I ought to begin with what I know best: the worries of sociolegal… Continue reading Externalise, materialise, confront: on the making of sociolegal worry beads Part 2

Visualising sociolegal concepts using found images

This experiment was part of my research (supported by a Socio Legal Studies Association small grant) into the use of design-based methods by civil society actors in relation to econolegal aspects of the proposed reunification of Cyprus. The aim was to try to generate visual representations for some of the key concepts that I came across during my… Continue reading Visualising sociolegal concepts using found images

Externalise, materialise, confront: on the making of sociolegal worry beads Part 1

My current research (supported by an SLSA small grant) focuses on the econolegal implications of the possible reunification of Cyprus, through the lens of graphic design. Norman (2005) Emotional design: why we love (or hate) everyday things got me thinking about worries as a focal point for sociolegal research. A poignant series of images in Lasn/Adbusters (2012) Meme wars: the creative destruction… Continue reading Externalise, materialise, confront: on the making of sociolegal worry beads Part 1

Visual communication of division and reunification in Cyprus

  This post sets out some of my initial exploratory work for a wider project on the use of design thinking and practice by civil society actors in relation to econolegal aspects of the current talks on the possible reunification of Cyprus. It is an early insight into my work in progress, it is directed towards a non-specialist audience,… Continue reading Visual communication of division and reunification in Cyprus

How to read an object

As part of my MA in Graphic Media Design at London College of Communication I was tasked with drafting a commentary of an object from the UAL Archives and Special Collections Centre. I chose to read a calliper (DU_124) from the David Usborne collection at the UAL Archives and Special Collections (see here for further details on that… Continue reading How to read an object

Exploring & explaining sociolegal research through pictograms

Material (as opposed to digital) pictograms can be extremely useful for helping a researcher to better understand their own project, and to explain it to someone else. In 2016 I ran the second in a series of workshop entitled Visualising Social Science Research for the University of Kent Graduate School (see here for notes on the… Continue reading Exploring & explaining sociolegal research through pictograms

Sketchbook as socio-legal research tool

An A3 blank page sketchbook can be an excellent tool for organising anything that informs your legal research: typed notes, handwritten notes, images of book covers, sketches, photos of locations or workshops or experiments, ticket stubs, event programmes. Treat it as a living document in which you can capture multiple layers of snapshots of your thinking… Continue reading Sketchbook as socio-legal research tool