I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Suffolk and Course Leader for its undergraduate Graphic Design programmes. I teach across all levels of the course, on both practical and contextual modules. I am the Arts representative on the School of EAST’s Ethical Research Committee, and University of Suffolk’s representative on the Ipswich Conservation and Design Panel.
I cut my teeth as a lecturer teaching in Further Education on Art and Design BTEC Diploma and pre-degree Foundation courses, starting my first teaching post in 2003.
Alongside academia, I write about graphic design and visual culture. I am an occasional contributor to the blog of Eye Magazine, the revision author for the second edition of Bloomsbury’s Fundamentals of Graphic Design, (2019), and I have contributed to a number of publications and self-published my own texts and photography.
My design practice grew out of the ‘do-it-yourself’ culture of the 1980s, producing artwork for bands and activist groups while working as a print finisher and book binder. I left the print trade in order to concentrate on graphic design full-time, setting up a freelance practice dedicating my services to clients from the cultural, public and voluntary sectors.
MA Arts Practice
PGCE in Post-compulsory Education
BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration
HND Graphic Design
Published design writing / contributions
(2020) Virtually speaking Eye Magazine
(2020) The Graphic Design Process: How to be Successful in Design School Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education (v. 19, no. 1)
(2019) The Fundamentals of Graphic Design, 2nd edition (with Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris) Bloomsbury
(2019) The Aesthetics of Convenience Field Readings Publications
(2019) The People’s History Museum Mainly Museums
(2018) Ending the war on wildlife Eye Magazine
(2018) Creative Collaboration, a report Creative Review / Dropbox
(2017) Proposing the Graphic Commons Field Readings Publications
(2016) Survival guide Eye Magazine
(2016) Graphic Interruptions Dubdog
(2016) Gutter press Eye Magazine
(2015) Graphic language English Language Blog
(2014) Design for life Eye Magazine
(2013) Back when the future looked bright Eye Magazine
(2011) McJunk Dubdog
Writings on music
(2018–present) A Different Kitchen