Coming Attractions

Because there is power in voicing intentions I’m throwing this quick post up on the site:


Location: Wyoming (see YouTube below for anthem)

Site Coordinator: Ken Smith

Program Coordinators: Roxanne O’Connell and Trischa Goodnow

Iconicity Redux:

We will be posting what we have on the Most Iconic Images of the 20th Century read more

Signs of Occupation

Theme session: One afternoon at VisCom 26 will be devoted to the theme of “Signs of Occupation.” The theme can be visualized in a variety of ways and from multiple perspectives. For example, many things can be “occupied” — Wall Street; any place, space, culture, country; even a mind. “Occupation” can be work, vocation, a process, a perception. People interested in the theme session option can share ideas here. read more

VisCom 26 Conference Call for Papers & Presentations

Hosted by the University of Utah, Department of Communication
With support from Weber State University and Westminster College

June 20-24, 2012

At The Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah

(Approximately 50 minutes southeast of Salt Lake City)

Deadline for proposals:  Monday, March 5, 2012


The organizers of the 26th Annual Visual Communication Conference invite faculty and students to submit research and creative presentations from the varied and emergent field of visual communication. Topics may include, but are not limited to, graphic design, visual aesthetics, visual rhetoric, semiotics, still and motion photography, documentary and feature films, visual literacy, visual ethics, multimedia and new communication technologies, visual culture, and pedagogy in visual communication. While traditional research is welcome, authors and creators of all accepted submissions must present their work in a visual way. read more

Announcing new book from Viscommers

“Visualizing the Web: Evaluating Online Design from a Visual Communication Perspective”

Edited volume by Sheree Josephson, Susan B. Barnes and Mark Lipton is available from Peter Lang Press. This book includes an introduction and eight essays by visual communication scholars. It also includes an insightful interview with Hillman Curtis, one of the foremost Web page designers in the world. read more

Call for Themed Panels – deadline 10/21/11

VisComm Conference Devotees,

During the Town Hall meeting at VisComm 25 at Taos, the group suggested we devote ONE AFTERNOON SESSION to presentations focusing on a theme. Besides offering a direction to the next conference, and thereby providing everyone something to think about before arrival, theme sessions would INVITE COLLABORATION. For instance, a visual rhetorician could team with a creative practitioner to explore how different perspectives could coalesce on one idea within the thematic frame. read more

Update on VisCom 26

Folks, just a quick note to alert you that VisCom 26 will be held June 20-24, 2012 at the Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah. Put it on your calendars.
As many of you know, this was the site of VisCom 20. The place got rave reviews, and The Homestead is delighted to have us back. Check out their web site at
More details to follow, including a new twist for one afternoon’s programming. read more

CBIG: Doing Backpack Journalism in Migratory Hot Spots

The attached PowerPoint presentation describes the visual research, news gathering and safety techniques that have been tried by the four-year-old informal Cross-Border Issues Group / Grupo Fronterizo (CBIG). As an informal group, much like Viscom, CBIG enables small bi-national groups of journalism students and faculty to gather information in migration hot spots in the Southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America and use the research for a variety of purposes. The journalist and academic researchers travel to remote places, which some might consider dangerous, to conduct on-site visits and interviews with migrants in transit; honest and corrupt law enforcement and immigration officials; smugglers; NGO and shelter workers; and farmers, ranchers, and other border residents. Besides the obvious educational purposes, another significant purpose of these journalistic and researcher efforts is to record primary source materials at hot spots that are often neglected by mainstream news media and make those materials and understandings developed by the participants available for a variety of journalistic and research purposes, including radio reports, academic presentations, Web site videos, print and multimedia reports, and presentations to policymakers. In some instances simply bringing a bi-national team of student journalists and researchers to a site can create sufficient publicity to bring attention to ongoing abuses. read more