A nation's visual language: nation branding and the visual identity of contemporary Malaysia

Gan, D.S.S., 2011. A nation's visual language: nation branding and the visual identity of contemporary Malaysia. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.


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This research explores the role graphic design can play in the national branding of emergent nations, and takes the multiracial, multicultural state of Malaysia as the principal object of study. Contemporary Malaysian society and culture are reviewed in the context of present views of globalization and postcolonialism, and the phenomenon of ‘glocalization’ emerges as an important one in Malaysia. A variety of design research methods are used to identify the nature of graphic design practice in Malaysia, including the examination of the national government framework of design practices and networks, the design-led method of cultural probes, and participatory observation within several Malaysian design agencies. A questionnaire survey was also carried out with a sample group of design practitioners and interviews conducted with key professional design practitioners in the country and members of the Malaysia Design Council. These methods reveal that the professional and personal outlook of local designers is highly influenced by government policies and the support systems provided by government departments.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Gan, D.S.S.
Date: 2011
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Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:33
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 09:34
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/103

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