Last updated: January 2020


The date for my PhD viva examination has been fixed for early January 2020.

The dates for the workshops at King’s College have also been fixed for late January / early February 2020. For more details, see this webpage.

As of mid-December 2019, the workshops are fully booked.



Thursday 23rd January 2020

I will be giving a very short presentation at London College of Communication, to follow on from a talk that will be given by Rick Poynor. My presentation will focus on the importance of graphic design practice, not just within design research but also in its application within other fields.




Wednesday 6th November 2019

PGCert_teaching-06Nov19I 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

simone_image-01May19Illustration / 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.


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