Claire is a lecturer on the BA Graphic Design Program at Middlesex University on a 0.8 contract and has previously taught at The London College of Communication, Hertford Regional College, Kensington and Chelsea College and Westminster University. Claire's main teaching interests are typography including historical and contemporary issues and visual communication in the form of experimentation with ideas, media and materials.
Outside of teaching Claire works as a graphic designer for a London based architectural practice. Claire has a personal interest in Letterpress, which she was able to investigate in detail whilst completing her MA. Claire's research paper was titled: The Relationship between Letterpress and Digital Technology. This research involved investigating ways of bringing old typographic technologies into the classroom to help teach the rules and history of typography whilst using modern technologies.
Whilst at Middlesex Claire has worked with Jonathan Barnbrook and a group of students on a research project based around the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Her role was to organise and make a record of the process that the students and designer went through.
PGCE in Post Compulsory Education - Greenwich University
MA Graphic Design - London College of Communication
BA Hons Graphic Design – Staffordshire University
Learning & Teaching Interests
My main teaching interests are typography including historical and contemporary issues and visual communication in the form of experimentation with ideas, media and materials.
Modules taught in previous years I have taught on various courses for different year groups and have covered a number of modules during this academic year including:
Introduction to Graphic Design
Development and Application of Graphic language
Typographic Investigation and Exploration
Type and letterforms
My main areas of interest within teaching are inclusive learning, methods of providing feedback and fair assessment. To pursue these interests I take part in staff development sessions and I keep up to date with the institute for learning articles. I have also taught on the widening participation programme at the London College of Communication where I have been one of two teachers who work with a group of Jewish ladies.
Whilst completing my PGCE I concentrated on the above areas of interest which led me to write the following reports which continue to influence my teaching practice:
An investigation into methods of giving feedback within a graphic design classroom context: This report enabled me to develop methods of providing feedback to suit individual learner needs.
Curriculum Development and Implementation for Inclusive Practice: This report enabled me to research inclusive practice methods ensuring that I incorporate them within a course structure.
Principles of learning or theory of learning: Ausubel and his theory on Advance Organisers: This report enabled me to research methods which cater for varying learning styles.
Assessing your own specialist subject area: This report enabled me to focus on how to assess Graphic Design fairly and to avoid subjectivity.
Year One tutor
Year Two tutor
First Year Module Leader (VCD1100, VCD1401)
Second Year Module Leader (VCD2100)
Link Tutor for Barnet College on behalf of Middlesex University
Research Outputs & Interests
The Relationship between Letterpress and Digital Technology: I have a personal interest in Letterpress, which I was able to investigate in detail whilst completing my MA.
The future of the 21st Century book: Looking at how to develop the physical book into an object that replicates or works with a digital book.
The Peace Dividend: A project that both students and Jonathan Barnbrook were involved on. Based around the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Student Roles: A project looking into the roles that students take on whilst working in a group environment.