Last updated: August 2019
I am currently away from the website, writing up my PhD thesis – back by September 2019.
LATEST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
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. More details can be found on the News feed of the collaboration website.
In April 2019 I started illustration / information design work for Dr Simone Reinders, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. We will be creating a conceptual figure for an upcoming journal paper and associated presentations. The figure will be an exercise in fitting a large amount of information into a limited space …
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. Some of the illustrations created for the project can be seen in this gallery and in this gallery. Once the final infomration resource is generally available, more details and links will be provided in a blog post.
This first stage of the project completed in March 2019. I attended a workshop at King’s on Saturday 23rd March, where we got feedback from staff on the initial outputs from the work (see Past Events below for some more details).
PAST NEWS / EVENTS
November 2018 – April 2019
A collaboration with fellow University of the Arts London PhD research student Lesley-Ann Daly, a designer based at Central St Martins. Lesley-Ann produced a large-scale piece of information design, presenting the issues surrounding human enhancement technology, and I am provided illustrations. Some of these illustrations can be seen in a portfolio on the Graphic Works page of this website. Lesley-Ann’s final piece will form part of a group exhibition, Anamorphic Waves, at the Ugly Duck gallery from 12th to 14th April 2019. More of Lesley-Ann’s work can be seen on her website.
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.
A full blog post will be written once the documents are completely finalised and will include links to the full documents when they become generally available. Images have been added to two galleries on the Graphic Work page.
Friday 15th March 2019
I presented at the NAFAE Research Student Conference – Living Research: The Urgency of the Arts, as part of the Collaboration strand. You can download pdf files of the conference programme and the conference booklet from the NAFAE website.
My presentation focused on my collaborative work with the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences and the role of graphic design practice in that collaboration. For more details about the conference, and my presentation, see this blog post.
Wednesday 27th February 2019
The first speaker was Lilian Fragi, an art curator at LabVerde, an annual ‘art immersion program’ in the Brazilian Amazon. She was followed by Aleksandra Borys, a former student of CSM’s Masters in Art and Science, who had been an artist-in-residence at LabVerde in 2017. Catalogues detailing the work undertaken during the residencies can be downloaded from the Labverde website. The final speaker was Neal White, Professor of Art / Science at the University of Westminster, who has spent 20 years of artistic practice working at remote sites.
While the work undertaken by the artists is undoubtedly interesting, and certainly inspired by scientific ideas or imagery, there is rarely, if ever, any science involved in the work that is created. In most cases, art/science projects would be more correctly defined simply as ‘art’.
Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Read more details about the seminar, and my reflections on multidisciplinary design and design thinking, in this blog post.
Friday 30th November 2018
With collaborators at King’s College London, an application has been submitted to the King’s Together Seed Fund for funding to allow us to continue and widen our research. See the collaboration website for more information on the work completed to date.
Update on 29th January 2019 – unfortunately, the application was unsuccessful and we are now looking for other funding opportunities to allow the collaboration to continue.
Sunday 25th November 2018
Presented at the CARU | Arts re Search Annual Conference at Oxford Brookes University, “What does it mean to research through creative practice?”. My presentation was entitled, Visual Elements and Visual Paradigms: using graphic design practice to research the visual languages of science, and highlighted my use of graphic design practice as a research method.
I was one of eighteen presenters, mainly artists of all types but also including architects, a composer and me as the only graphic designer. But we were all using creative practice in our research or researching creative practice or, most often, doing both. So it was very interesting to hear many different perspectives on the role of practice in research.
Wednesday 21st November 2018
A seminar with the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication course at London College of Communication: The relationship between academic research and professional practice.
I gave a presentation on the role of graphic design practice in my research and the application of my research in practice. This was the last of four presentations in the Professional and Academic Context unit, where two academics and two professional graphic designers present their work. The students then have to produce a 20-page, A3-sized publication on the work that was presented. All of the presentations were very different, covering a wide variety of graphic work, so it will be interesting to see what the students produce in three months time.
Thursday 15th November 2018
A seminar with the MA Data Visualisation course at London College of Communication, where I gave a presentation: Using graphic design practice as a research method. This was followed by activities for the students, which raised some interesting points regarding the creation of typologies and the categorisation of scientific visual elements. Read this blog post for more details.
Wednesday 14th November 2018
Attended an event at the Science Gallery London, that highlighted the work of Impact and Engagement Services at King’s College London. To further my collaboration with the Centre for Neuroimaging Services at King’s, we are in the process of applying for additional funding. Research impact and public engagement are a significant part of the assessment for any funding application, so it was very interesting and useful to learn more about how Impact and Engagement Services can provide support in this. We’ll be staying in touch with them as the collaboration continues.
Friday 26th October 2018
A meeting with potential collaborators at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences to discuss options for further research. The reaction to the research proposal was very positive but the presentation given in the meeting relied on animated gifs to demonstrate the adaptability of the visual element Illustrator files, which are key to developing a viable online image library. A blog post on the collaboration website shows how the animated gifs work.
Tuesday 9th October 2018
Gave a brief talk about my PhD experience at the London College of Communication PhD Open Evening. Read my four observations on undertaking graphic design research in this blog post.