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 psychogeography to help uncover what I might otherwise overlook, with photographic dérives providing the opportunity to visually interrogate different locations and how graphic design sits within them. More generally, I take photographs of how the everyday 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.
While urbanism has a wide variety of discussion points supported by its own academic terminology, rarely is the application of graphic design in public space explored within this field of study. Graphic Commons serves as a linguistic device to encourage stakeholder discussion about the visual culture of shared environments. As a term, Graphic Commons forms an overarching descriptor for many of my research projects.
When visual communication becomes corrupted in some way, its desired message is altered and open to interpretation. This project explores such visual and textual (mis) readings and what the effect of these interruptions means to the intent of the designer and the desired message.
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.
McJunk (via Flickr)
McJunk is a visual exploration of McDonald’s litter that seeks to question the relationship between graphic design and disposable culture.
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.