Updated September 2020
DR GILL BROWN
Graphic designer / illustrator, based in London.
I am a former exploration geophysicist, now working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, specialising in scientific visual communication. I work closely with scientists to help them create effective and adaptable conceptual figures.
I also give graphic design workshops for scientists, focusing on good graphic design practice for scientific figures. I provide hands-on training in the creation of conceptual figures, with an emphasis on the visual elements that make up those figures.
Having been awarded a PhD in graphic design in 2020, I am continuing my research, working in collaboration with the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences at King’s College London. I also lecture to graphic designers about the use of graphic design as a research method, particularly in fields outside of art and design.
PhD Graphic Design, University of the Arts London (London College of Communication). October 2015 – September 2019. PhD student representative 2016/17. Thesis – Visual Elements & Visual Paradigms: Re-thinking scientific conceptual figures through graphic design. Awarded January 2020.
Developing Academic Practice Unit (MA Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication), University of the Arts London. May – July 2016.
MA Graphic Design (part-time), Distinction, London College of Communication, UAL. January 2013 – December 2014. Final report – Scientific graphic design.
BA Graphic Design Communication, 2(i), Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL. October 2005 – July 2008. Dissertation – Visualising the Invisible: The role of scientific visualisation in modern physics.
Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies, Distinction, Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL. September 2004 – June 2005.
BSc Geology, 2(ii), Hull University. October 1983 – July 1986.
October 2018 to date: Freelance graphic designer / illustrator and graphic design researcher. Specialising in scientific visual communication.
October 2015 – September 2018: Funded PhD research student, University of the Arts London.
November 2005 – March 2015: Geophysical consultant, KRASKA Ltd. Company director, providing technical support and training to seismic data processing companies.
March 1988 – July 2004: Exploration geophysicist, WesternGeco (formerly Western Geophysical). Working in seismic data processing within a multinational company, becoming an area geophysicist covering Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and culminating in two years as a group manager based in Cairo.
PUBLICATIONS / CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Creating scientific conceptual figures: using graphic design practice-based research in a collaboration with neuroscientists. Living Research: The Urgency of the Arts. NAFAE Research Student Conference, Royal College of Art. 15 March 2019.
Visual Elements & Visual Paradigms: using graphic design practice to research the visual languages of science. Arts re Search. CARU Annual Conference 2018, Oxford Brookes University. 25 November 2018.
Neuroscience & Graphic Design. Poster presentation at the opening of the Centre for Medical Engineering, St Thomas’s Hospital. 14 December 2017.
The Paradigmatic Evolution of Scientific Graphic Design. HARTS & Minds, Issue 8, 2016. Available to download from the HARTS & Minds website.
Unfolding Narratives. Work-in-progress from UAL PhD students based at London College of Communication. 4 – 12 March 2020.
WORKSHOPS / PRESENTATIONS
Graphic Design for Scientific Figures. Series of graphic design workshops with research scientists from the Health faculties at King’s College London. January – February 2020.
Visual Elements & Visual Paradigms. Presentation as part of the ‘Something or Other’ lecture series at London College of Communication. 23 January 2020.
Graphic Design Practice in Research. Presentation to PG Diploma & PG Certificate Design for Visual Communication students, London College of Communication, as part of their Professional & Academic Contexts Unit. 6 November 2019.
Presentation to prospective PhD students at London College of Communication PhD Open evening. 17 October 2019.
Graphic Design Practice in Research. Presentation to PG Diploma & PG Certificate Design for Visual Communication students, London College of Communication, as part of their Professional & Academic Contexts Unit. 21 November 2018.
Graphic Design Practice as a Research Method. Workshop with MA Data Visualisation students, London College of Communication. 15 November 2018.
Presentation to prospective PhD students at London College of Communication PhD Open evening. 9 October 2018.
Graphic Design Practice in Research. Presentation to students from the PG Diploma & PG Certificate Design for Visual Communication course. 25 April 2018.
Presentation to new PhD students at London College of Communication PhD Induction Day. 27 September 2017.
Doing a PhD … Presentation to prospective PhD students as part of UAL Research Fortnight, Central St Martins. 13 March 2017.