Ekphrasis is a well-known term alluding to the process of verbalizing a visual representation. However, as part of the design process, industrial designers conduct what we wish to call “exphrasis” – a process by which a written account (a “brief,” in designers’ “lingua”) is converted into a designed material object. We wish to introduce this concept as applied theoretical knowledge in the work of designers and visual researchers alike, claiming that it may enhance creativity stemming from a conscious process of reflection. Through a comprehensive analysis of the differences between the two terms, we will demonstrate the applicability of the term “exphrasis” as a creative and resourceful industrial tool.
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- Design theory
- Industrial design
- Visual culture