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Transmedia Design Framework. Design-Oriented Approach to Transmedia Research

Mariana Ciancia


The contemporary mediascape is witnessing the emergence of crossmedia and transmedia structures: phenomena that foster the sharing of meaning-making processes between producers and audiences, shaping society and influencing media habits. There are also a whole industry and a newborn scientific community that want to go beyond the conceptual confusion that covers these terms, trying to find definitions and sharing practices to develop compelling stories. This paper defines the “design-oriented” approach used for my PhD research into the transmedia field. The description of methodology and methods becomes an opportunity to develop observations about the role of the researcher in studying this field, and the relationship between researching and teaching experience.


transmedia practice; transmedia research; transmedia design; multi-channel communication; design culture; design practice; methodology

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/ijtl-2015-001-cian

International Journal of Transmedia Literacy (IJTL)
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (22/10/2014 n. 328)
Online ISSN 2465-2261 - Print ISSN 2465-227X

Editor in Chief: Matteo Ciastellardi
Managing Editor: Giovanna Di Rosario
Managing Committee: Matteo Andreozzi, Stefano Calzati, Ugo Eccli, Cristina Miranda de Almeida.

Board Committee: Alan Albarran (University of North Texas, United States), Rogério Barbosa Da Silva (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil), Giovanni Baule (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Laura Borràs Castanyer (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain), Derrick de Kerckhove (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California, United States), Marsha Kinder (University of Southern California, United States), Raine Koskimaa (University of Jyväskylä, Finland), George Landow (Brown University, United States), Paul Levinson (Fordham University, United States), Asún López-Varela (Universidad Complutense, Spain), Lev Manovich (City University of New York, United States), Nick Montfort (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States), Marcos Novak (UCLA - University of California, Los Angeles, United States), Massimo Parodi (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy), Bruce W. Powe (York University, Canada), Kate Pullinger (Bath Spa University, United Kingdom), Marie-Laure Ryan (Indipendent Scholar), Alexandra Saemmer (Université Paris 8, France), Carlos Scolari (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain), Susana Tosca (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Alessandro Zinna (Université Toulouse II, France)

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