Message Journal

Message 5: Covid-19 Special Issue
Now available

Capturing visual insights, thoughts and reflections on 2020/21 and beyond…

In this special edition, we aim to capture, investigate, interrogate and illuminate how COVID-19 may have impacted not only on Graphic Communication Designers, Illustrators, et al personally, but also on their practice and thoughts about the role of Graphic Communication Design.

Therefore, we have asked: with what, why, and how have individuals responded through Graphic Communication Design during the pandemic and what has unfolded? How in this time of crisis have individuals, and we as a community, taken time to help ourselves and our health, in order to support ourselves and others to become more resilient?


Graphic Communication Design Research

Message is an international peer-reviewed journal. It explores, questions and challenges the nature and boundaries of Graphic Communication Design. Its values, roles, tools, practices, outputs, contexts and effects.

We welcome submissions from researchers, educators, academics and practitioners, in the form of papers, project reports or visual essays. We particularly welcome submissions with a practice-based focus.

Message aims to:

  • Explore and challenge the boundaries of visual communication
  • Investigate the development and use of technology
  • Question visual communication values, such as social, ethical and sustainable practices

Contact us:


Mrs Victoria Squire
Lecturer in Graphic Design (Typography), University of Plymouth 
Managing Editor
Mr Peter Jones
Managing Editor
Mr Mark James
Lecturer in Graphic Communication, University of Plymouth 
Mr John Kilburn
Lecturer in Illustration, University of Plymouth 

Project Manager

Lynda Cooper, University of Plymouth


University of Plymouth Press

Consultant Editors

  • Åse Huus, University of Bergen
  • Dóra Ísleifsdóttir, University of Bergen

Editorial board

  • Professor Rina Arya, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Patrick Baglee, Design Consultant and Journalist
  • Paul Bailey, London College of Communication, UK
  • Dr Russ Bestley, London College of Communication, UK
  • James Corazzo, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Dr James Dyer, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Professor Emeritus Jorge Frascara, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Associate Professor Dr Kirsten Hardie, Arts University Bournemouth, UK
  • Dr Phil Jones, Arts University Bournemouth, UK
  • Arja Karhumaa, Aalto University, Finland
  • Professor Peter Lloyd, Solent University Southampton, UK
  • Professor Anastasios Maragiannis, University of Greenwich, UK
  • Maziar Raein, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway
  • Professor Emerita Elizabeth Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA
  • Lizzie Ridout, Falmouth University, UK
  • Aidan Rowe, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Colin Searls, Dartington Hall Trust, UK
  • Maria Smith Bohannon, Oakland University, Michigan, USA 
  • Robert Sollis, Camberwell College of Arts, UK
  • Professor Teal Triggs, Royal College of Art, UK
  • Dr Albert Young Choi, Hanyang University ERICA, South Korea

Sharing Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivs License which allows users to copy, distribute and transmit an article as long as the author is attributed & properly cited, the article is not used for commercial purposes, and the work is not modified or adapted in any way.

Message sharing policy:

  • Pre-prints: Contributors can share their pre-print anywhere at any time. Contributors retain copyright of this version.
  • Author’s Accepted Version: Contributors can share their Accepted Manuscript anywhere at any time, for example on their Institutional Repository. Contributors retain copyright of this version. Manuscripts must include a link to the published version.
  • Published Version: Contributors can share this version according to the terms of the CC-BY-NC-ND licence.
  • Copyright of the published version is held by the Publisher.