Submission Design

The Research Catalogue allows for submissions to be laid out and designed freely. Text or media can be placed anywhere on a page allowing for different reading experiences and, ultimately, a different understanding of the research. It is best to look at the past issues of JAR to get a sense of how this may work and what may be possible.

We believe that design and layout should support the exposition of practice as research and not simply provide ‘styling’ to a page. At times more unusual approaches to design may support the artistic proposition better than a design that looks seemingly clear.

At the same time, in order to demonstrate what JAR considers a legible approach to design, we have compiled a Style Document, which introduces a few basic ideas. For example, for ease of reading it is recommended that text columns are not wider than 600 pixels; the document also suggests to make a difference between visuals that function as references and that present art works both through size and consistent placing either on the right or the left of the text.

JAR welcomes submissions that deviate from such basic suggestions, but these should do so for good reasons. For example, if text columns are very wide, there has to be the sense that the difficulty of reading a line of text adds - even on the level of sense-experience - to the point that is made in the submission as a whole. As mentioned above, the overall aim is to expose practice as research (and not to win a web design award).

The evaluation of the design of a submission is part of the JAR reviewing process, which is described in the Peer-Reviewing Guide.

As the development of the Research Catalogue progresses additional functionalities will be added that support the design of a submission.

Journal for artistic research

ISSN 2235-0225