I am a Graphic Designer with over 30 years experience including industry, academia and founding a business and social enterprise. My roles in industry have ranged from Creative Director of a UK top ten design company, Senior Associate and Head of Corporate Communications of a UK top five design company and Designer with an award winning company where my work was published in multiple design journals including Creative Review. Projects for which I have acted as design lead include the European corporate communications system for Microsoft, worldwide corporate communications system for Cable & Wireless and typography of the original Frankie Say Relax t-shirt.
Currently I am working as Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University two days a week, where I have been working since 1998. My responsibilities in the School of Art & Design have involved curriculum development, end of year assessments and admissions. I have enjoyed acting as personal tutor, writing design briefs and holding seminars and tutorials for award winning students some of whom have obtained D&AD and Creative Conscience awards. As part of my continuing development I obtained a PGCHE in 2013 and MA Contemporary Typographic Media in 2015.
* MA Contemporary Typographic Media (Distinction), UAL:LCC 2015
* PGCHE, Middlesex University 2013
* PGCert Graphic Design, St Martins School of Art 1983
* Fellow Higher Education Academy 2014
* Fellow Chartered Society of Designers 1993
Learning & Teaching Interests
I teach on the core module VCD 2100 second year BA Graphic Design.
Research Outputs & Interests
As part of my PGCHE research project, Developing Individuals in Design Education, I looked at how we may develop unique and varied designers against a backdrop of increasing student to teacher ratios with less one-to-one tuition. My method of research included looking into the Clean Language method of questioning that is used in coaching and trailing with students. I discovered that effective questioning utilising Clean Language helps the student to be able to find the answer themselves, facilitating thought processes that the student will be able to apply to a variety of contexts.
Through my MA in Contemporary Typographic Media my project “How Can Punctuation Be More Communicative” explored the origins of punctuation, reading methods, semiotics and linguistics. I developed a method of punctuating text with layout reflecting eye movements and the use of marks providing time and space.