Illustrated Cities: Amsterdam Remembered and Imagined Amidst the Pandemic

Tânia A. Cardoso in Message: Graphic Communication Design Research 5 (2022)


This article on illustration practice as research investigates how cities have been a vital component for visual storytelling and reportage in illustration to disclose urban space and its everyday practices. It explores the potential of illustration for an intensive engagement between the illustrator-researcher and the city revealing it as a complex entity to its audience. By combining theory and praxis I intend to demonstrate how the phenomenon of “illustrated cities” can be found at the intersection between urban experience, place and illustration – a site-specific practice in Amsterdam.

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