CE27 - Culture, créations, patrimoine

Graphic Design, Research, and Social Science. Jacques Bertin's Graphics Laboratory – DESIGNSHS

Submission summary

This project aims at producing the first large-scale study of the relationship between graphic design and research in social and human science, from 1950 to now. The importance of data visualization and imaging technologies has placed design and visuality at the heart of most fields of research, with fundamental implications for scientific epistemology. Jacques Bertin’s Laboratoire de graphique was a major actor in this development, at the intersection of graphic innovation and the transformation of the social and human sciences in the second half of the 20th century. Its study will be based on the exploitation of rich archival holdings that will be made digitally accessible, and an interdisciplinary approach inspired by and that will in turn feed the current convergence of design, digital humanities and social science, including through a study of new tools to deal with visual archives and better integrate them into our shared cultural heritage.

Project coordinator

Madame CHARLOTTE BIGG (Centre Alexandre Koyre)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


ACTE Arts, Créations, Théories, Esthétiques
AN Archives Nationales
HEAD / Institut de recherche en art et en design
CAK Centre Alexandre Koyre
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Université Hosei / Graduate School of Engineering and Design

Help of the ANR 403,059 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: March 2021 - 48 Months

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