Life Drawing was a PhD by Practice at Edinburgh College of Art, using graphic elicitation to engage thirty-seven final-year graphic design undergraduates over eight art & design institutions throughout the UK. The question asked was: to what extent might exploiting design epistemologies within an inquisitive practice reveal graphic design undergraduates’ experiences and understandings of the contingent and multi-contextual nature of employability?
Each student sketched with a wide-nibbed 14mm marker onto a large golden metalicised blanket. Qualitative analysis of the transcript of audio recording of the elicitation sessions provides emergent themes for subsequent discussion.
Phenomenography was used to analyse the verbal and graphic artefacts, with five phenomenographic outcomes spaces emerging, each described using a verbal table and graphic figure. An interactive interface was designed for interrogation of the emergent phenomenographic outcome spaces at http://lifedrawing.graphics.