In 2006, I developed the Visual Annotated Bibliography (VA-Bib) as a methodological approach for teaching academic research skills to design students. Having been used in the US as well as in Australia and with undergraduate as well as postgraduate students, the Visual Annotated Bibliography combines the logo-centric modes of scholarly production inherent in the annotated bibliography with what Nigel Cross (2006) describes as the 'designerly ways of knowing' of visually oriented students. As a methodological approach to academic knowledge production, the VA-Bib provides a form of visual citational practices that can evolve into rigorous visual rhetorical analysis. At stake in this approach to developing academic skills for design students is providing them with the confidence, expertise, and social legitimacy to have positive impact on the social, natural, as well as the artificial worlds.
Paper presented at 'Language in the disciplines: disciplinary discourses and the embedding of academic literacy skills within programs', an Academic Literacy Teaching and Research Network (ALTAR) Symposium, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, 24 November 2010