Presentations & seminars

Gill frequently presents her research work to graphic designers and this webpage provides a chronological listing of presentations and seminars that Gill has taken part in. Links are provided to associated webpages, where appropriate.


Wednesday 23rd February 2022

February 2022 – Gill took part in a seminar with MA Graphic Design students at London College of Communication, discussing graphic design PhD research and the role of design practice in that research. This was Gill’s first in-person event for almost two years and provided a very welcome change.

December 2021 – Gill took part in an online discussion about the interface between practice and theory in PhD research, organised by tutors of the Screen School at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

December 2021 – Gill took part in an online discussion about design-based PhDs, organised by the International Society of Typographic Designers. Also taking part were Dr Russ Bestley of London College of Communication (supervisor of Gill’s own PhD studies) and Dr Kate McLean of the University of Kent. A recording of the event can be viewed below:

December 2020 – For the third year running, Gill presented her work (via Zoom) to the PG Cert & PG Dip Design for Visual Communication course at London College of Communication, as part of their ‘Professional and Academic Practice’ unit. Gill was representing ‘academia’, and aimed to show in her presentation how important graphic design practice can be in research, and how that research can then be applied in professional practice.

January 2020 – At the first of a series of talks organised by the Design School at LCC, Gill was one of two former post-graduate students to give a 5-minute talk about their research. Gill’s talk focused on the importance of graphic design practice, both in her 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.

November 2019 – Gill presented her 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. Gill was one of two presenters representing academia, with another two representing professional practice, with the workshops following the same approach as in November 2018.

October 2019 – Gill attended the Research Degrees Open Evening at London College of Communication, to give a brief presentation about graphic design research and her PhD experience, and to chat with potential candidates. Having given a similar presentation the previous year, Gill was able to reflect on the whole experience now that she had completed her writing-up year and submitted her PhD thesis – read more about Gill’s presentation on this webpage.

March 2019 – Gill took part in the NAFAE Research Student Conference – Living Research: The Urgency of the Arts, as part of the Collaboration strand. Gill’s presentation focused on her 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 Gill’s presentation, see this webpage.

November 2018 – Gill took part in the CARU | Arts re Search Annual Conference at Oxford Brookes University, “What does it mean to research through creative practice?”.  Gill’s presentation was entitled, Visual Elements and Visual Paradigms: using graphic design practice to research the visual languages of science, and highlighted Gill’s use of graphic design practice as a research method.

Gill was one of eighteen presenters, mainly artists of all types but also including architects, a composer and Gill as the only graphic designer. But all of the presenters were either using creative practice in their 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.

November 2018 – Gill took part in 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.

Gill 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 had to produce a 20-page, A3-sized publication on the work that was presented, all of which was very different, covering a wide variety of graphic work.

November 2018 – Gill took part in a seminar with the MA Data Visualisation course at London College of Communication, where she 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.