Last updated: April 2020
LATEST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Following on from the Graphic Design Workshops given at King’s during January and February, and with considerable help from the Online Distance Learning division of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, the presentations given Workshop 1 will be recorded remotely. A demonstration of the two ‘hands-on’ Adobe Illustrator exercises, performed in Workshop 2, will also be recorded.
These recordings will be made available online for staff in the King’s Health Faculties, together with all of the training material that was provided to participants as digital pdf handouts.
Wednesday 4th to Thursday 12th March 2020
As part of UAL’s annual Research Season, taking place throughout February / March 2020, current and recently completed PhD students, who are based at LCC, held an exhibition of work-in-progress. Some of my own work was included in the exhibition and more details, and pictures, can be found in this blog post. All of the participants were also interviewed about their research work and a link to those videos will be added once available.
January / February 2020
My graphic design workshops at King’s College London have completed, with 30 participants attending Workshop 1 on 31st January and a total of 35 participants attending the four sessions of Workshop 2 throughout February. For more details, see this webpage.
Due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, there are no plans to repeat the workshops. However, there were a significant number of people on waiting lists for both workshops that did not get the chance to attend, so this may be reviewed when circumstances allow. In the meantime, the workshop presentations, etc., will be recorded for online viewing – see the News entry for April 2020.
PAST NEWS / EVENTS
Wednesday 26th February 2020
I attended Between Design Research and Policy Practice, an event held at Chelsea College of Arts and organised jointly by UAL’s Social Design Institute and Policy Lab. This was an evening of conversation and idea exchange, for people who use design to explore public policy and social issues.
I joined the group discussing Health, wellbeing and sustainability, with two other groups discussing Social systems and culture change and Services, communities and publics. Interesting points were raised, particularly with regard to the term ‘co-design’. As for the London LASER event (below), the topics covered will be discussed further in a future blog post.
Wednesday 19th February 2020
I attended London LASER 30 – A Picture of Health, held at Central Saint Martins. This was an evening of talks and discussion exploring the relationships between art, health and medical research, involving artists curators, scientists and health professionals. Although focussed on art, rather than design, a lot of the points raised during the talks resonated with my graphic design work with scientists working in the area of health, and are worth expanding on in a blog post in due course.
The image is of an artwork by Susan Aldworth, ‘Illuminating the self’.
Thursday 23rd January 2020
At the first of a series of talks organised by the Design School at LCC, I was one of two former post-graduate students to give a 5 minute talk about our research. My talk focussed on the importance of graphic design practice, both in my own design research and as a means to gain insights when used in other disciplines.
These short presentations were followed by the main talk from Rick Poynor, on the designer, activist and visual historian David King. More details about Rick’s talk, and the Design School series of talks in general, can be found at this website.
I was officially awarded my practice-based PhD in January 2020, having passed my viva examination. My thesis, ‘Visual Elements & Visual Paradigms: re-thinking scientific conceptual figures through graphic design’, will be uploaded to the UAL and British Library online repositories in due course.
Wednesday 6th November 2019
I presented my research to the students of the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication courses at London College of Communication. This will be part of their ‘Professional and Academic Context’ unit, that explores the relationship between academic research and professional practice. I was one of two presenters representing academia, with another two representing professional practice.
My presentation focused on the importance of graphic design practice in my research and how I then applied my research in practice. I tried to show the students that post-graduate research isn’t all about reading and writing, but involves a lot of doing and making, and that I would not have reached my research aims without doing a lot of practical graphic design. They also got a bit of neuroscience thrown in for good measure – the photo shows me trying to explain chemical neurotransmission …
Monday 28th October 2019
I met with Dr Mattia Veronese, of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences at King’s College London, to discuss our upcoming workshops on graphic design for PhD students. See the website Neuroscience and Graphic Design for more details.
Thursday 17th October 2019
I attended the Research Degrees Open Evening at London College of Communication, to give a brief presentation about graphic design research and my PhD experience, and to chat with potential candidates. I did a similar presentation last year and wrote a blog post about it. I have updated that post, reflecting on the whole experience now that I have completed my writing-up year and submitted my PhD thesis.
Monday 30th September 2019
My PhD thesis, ‘Visual Elements and Visual Paradigms: Re-thinking scientific conceptual figures through graphic design’, has been submitted for examination. For a summary of my research see this blog post.
Wednesday 1st May 2019
As a continuation of my collaboration with the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, we have been awarded funding by the Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre at KCL to create and run workshops for PhD students on producing scientific conceptual figures. The workshops will take place either later in 2019 or, more likely, early in 2020. More details can be found on the the collaboration website.
April – September 2019
Illustration / information design work for Dr Simone Reinders, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. I created the visual elements, both anatomical images and statistical bar charts, to build up a conceptual figure that can be used in a journal paper and associated presentations. Creating the figure was an exercise in fitting a large amount of information into a limited space …
February – April 2019
In February 2019 I started graphic design / illustration work for Anoushka Leslie, Project and Scientific Co-ordinator at the Department for Neuroimaging Sciences at King’s College London. The work is part of the SHARE & PREVIEW project, and creates an illustrated communications resource presenting key results from a recent research study and explaining key scientific concepts relevant to that study.
On Saturday 23rd March 2019, I attended a SHARE & PREVIEW workshop at King’s College, Denmark Hill, where neuroscience researchers presented their new and upcoming research to fellow researchers, health professionals and service users. During the workshop we received feedback on the information documents produced so far. These documents cover the subjects of executive function, brain ageing, white matter pathways and DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging) scans. Based on the feedback the documents have been revised and updated and in due course they should be made available on the Maudsley BRC website.
Images have been added to two galleries on the Portfolio page. Select images have also been added to the online library for the Centre of Neuroimaging Sciences and can be accessed via the Neuroscience & Graphic Design website.
For older news and events, see the News Archive.