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:
- Text legibility in examination papers (Dr Maria Lonsdale)
- Bi-lingual typography and semiotic difference (Dr Dian Li)
- The effectiveness of infographics for communicating public health messages (AHRC Design Fellowship in collaboration with Public Health England) (Dr Catherine Stones)
- User-centered design study of arts and health outcomes (in partnership with Yorkshire Dance) (Dr Kishore Buddha)
- Using interactive stress balls and visual displays in hospital environments (Ben Bradley)
- Using participatory design methods to engage disenfranchised Youth in Namibia (EU funded collaborative PARTY project) (Dr Paul Wilson)
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