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Sabina Fischer, Birute Gujer, Christina Hemauer, Judith Herren, Dieter Maurer & Claudia Riboni



Textile Design, Research


'Frühe graphische Äusserungen', research project (ZHdK)


'early graphic expressions'


How do young children's pictures 'come into being' and develop, together with the iconic, symbolic and aesthetic insights that they express? This question has been investigated in an empirical study under the title 'Early graphic expressions – empirical reference Europe', on the basis of 25000 drawings and paintings made by some 200 children aged between one and six. The findings of the study have now been presented in the form of a publicly accessible and systematically arranged database, accompanied by a didactically prepared research report, a kind of 'seminar'.

Comment by the nominators:
This research project has been carried on with passionate commitment and meticulous precision over a number of years. It will be a fundamental reference work for aesthetics, semiology, aesthetic education, the emerging science of images and the theory of signs; it also has relevance to all disciplines involving design.