Research

My research broadly investigates the visual culture of public space. In this, I seek to question how graphic design in the everyday affects environmental ambiences and human behaviour. Within my research process, I often use psychogeograhy to help uncover what I might otherwise overlook, with photographic dérives providing the opportunity to visually interrogate specific locations. More generally, I take photographs of the everyday as it presents itself to me as I go about my daily life. Both methods provide source material for me to question at a later date, where I explore their contexts through themed projects and self-publish my visual and textual responses in print and online. I view this research as relating to the wider studies of urbanism and visual sociology as much as it does to graphic design.

Graphic Commons
Urbanism has a wide variety of discussion points and associated academic terminology, but rarely is applied graphic communication explored within such dialogues. Graphic commons serves as a linguistic device to encourage stakeholder discussion on the visual culture that everyone has to navigate on a day-to-day basis.

A photograph of a telephone box with an advert for Greggs applied to its door. This telephone box sits in a pedestrianised area, with bicycles and motorbikes parked around it, and a parked car can be seen in the distance between two buildings

Graphic Interruptions
When visual communication becomes interrupted in some way, its desired message is altered and open to interpretation. This project explores these possible other readings and what this means to the intent of the designer and the design.

A photograph of the words Bus Stop partially painted on a street after road works have taken place with a road cone.

Aesthetics of Convenience
Aesthetics of Convenience is a study of the vinyl window coverings of convenience stores. It considers how these impact on the neighbourhoods and locations they inhabit, and the people who shop and work in them.

A photograph of a convenience store corner shop window, covered from edge to edge in a vinyl print of products the shop sells, including wine bottles, biscuits, confectionary and tobacco products.

McJunk (via Flickr)
McJunk is a visual exploration of McDonald’s litter that seeks to question the relationship between graphic design and disposable culture.

A photograph of a discarded McDonald's take-away cup in a grass verge.

Constitutionals (via Instagram)
Constitutionals are a series of neighbourhood observations from (almost) daily walks made during the first full month of lockdown in the UK in April 2020.

A photograph of repainted white street markings on a tarmac surface.