Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Visual Communication Research Group

The visual communication research group examines the application, impact and process of graphic design and visual communication.

We explore the broad field of visual communication from the perspectives of usability, industry/policy, social design and participation, visual culture, cultural significance and creative practice.


Particular areas of interesting include typography/typographic design, health communication, information design, visual culture, creative thinking, subcultures and activism and design education.

We use a range of methods in our work including experimental inductive approaches, User-centred/Participatory design, content analysis, surveys, eye-tracking, and both theory and practice-led research approaches.

Recent projects include:

We supervise PhD students working in the area of design for dementia, using affective graphic design with patients, the visualization of time and participatory design, amongst other. We supervise both practice-based and traditional PhDs.

Academic staff in the group include

Dr Catherine Stones (group leader)

Dr Maria Lonsdale
Dr Paul Wilson

Dr Dian Li

Vanessa Walker

Ben Bradley

Alan Oliver

Mike Sheedy

Kishore Buddha

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