Project leader: Dr Robert Harland
Tracing Shanghai is a collaborative educational initiative between Loughborough University School of Design and Creative Arts, and Tongji University College of Design and Innovation.
As part of the collaborative creative industries dimension of the Repositioning Graphic Heritage research project, the initiative encourages designers to be inspired and look at the city as a source of visual-aesthetic inspiration by translating research into graphic design concepts for the heritage sector. The Tracing Shanghai project introduces ways to study urban heritage systematically and challenges designers to examine how urban heritage is communicated through graphic objects. It encourages designers to grapple with heritage interpretation, presentation and representation, and apply existing skills and knowledge to the heritage experience, bringing together interdisciplinary approaches.