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God is the Word and the Word is God

McComish, Liam and Montgomery, Ian (2017) God is the Word and the Word is God. Face Forward Journal, 1 (1). pp. 1-10. [Journal article]

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The tradition of Protestant word-based worship in relation to a Protestant typo/graphic aesthetic.This paper investigates the phenomenon of wayside gospel signs in the north of Ireland. The almost exclusively text-based nature of these visual artefacts has a strong vernacular tradition and deep roots in the iconoclastic ethos of the protestant reformation, in particular Calvinist doctrine. Noticeable for their lack of ‘design’ and similarity to rough and ready sign-writing and trade printing, the typography and lettering styles employed display characteristics of plainness and a lack of artifice that is revealing in terms of the ethos behind them. The research makes connections between theology and the visual sphere in reference to the sociological framework of habitus in understanding the role of religion in aspects of cultural practice in this region. Parallels are drawn with evidence of a more widespread acknowledgement of the role of religious ethos in defining a relationship to lettering and typo/graphic work.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Typography, habitus, aesthetic, religion, protestant, iconoclastic, design, culture
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Creative Ecologies
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:39285
Deposited By: Mr Liam McComish
Deposited On:26 Mar 2018 07:29
Last Modified:26 Mar 2018 07:29

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