Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Catherine Stones

Associate Professor in Graphic Design; Director of Research and Innovation

0113 34 36335

BA (Warwick) MA (Humberside) PhD (Leeds)

Dr Catherine Stones is an Associate Professor in Graphic Design teaching and researching in the area of information design and illustration. She is currently on an AHRC Design Fellowship working in the area of infographics for public health.


Dr Catherine Stones is an Associate Professor in Graphic Design. She teaches a variety of subjects including information design, digital design and visual communications in general. She is currently Programme Manager for the BA Hons Graphic Design and Visual Communication. She supervises PhD students working in the area of health communication and graphic design as well as projects related to participatory design and information design. She is an AHRC Design Fellow and is currently working on a year-long AHRC funded project with Public Health England about the use of infographics in engaging public audiences. She also has an interest in illustration and its use in the telling of personal narratives.

Research Interests

Catherine has a strong research interest in information design and healthcare. She has published a range of papers related to pain pictograms, pain diagrams and pain apps and has regularly collaborated with NHS staff and healthcare academics.

She is currently producing work in relation to infographics in the public health domain, examining how the public and public health professionals use and perceive infographics. This work is done in collaboration with Public Health England (Yorkshire and Humber) and local authorities and is funded through the AHRC. This project involves producing guidelines for infographic design and commissioning in this specialist area as well as academic outputs and a series of infographics.

Catherine is a regular reviewer for academic journals including Design Studies and Health Communication and conferences such as the International Information Visualisation Conference. She has also recently been a member on the Advisory panel for the AHRC project ‘Seeing Data’, a project related to evaluating the effectiveness of big data visualisations.

She is also author of the website http://www.visualisinghealth.com


Catherine Stones is year one tutor who delivers and designs much of the first year core content in graphic design. She reaches on level 1 modules:
Communication & Design Process
Graphic and Communication Media

Level 3:
Information Design (option module)
Graphic and Communication Media 3
Independent Project
Independent Study (Dissertation)



She is Programme Manager for the Graphic Design and Visual Communications BA Hons.
She is Deputy Director for Research and Innovation in the School.


Journal articles

  • Stones CM (2018) “Putting the ‘me’ in Mechanical: Lessons from the Mechanical Men of Health 1928-1948.”, Medical Humanities.
    DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2018-011453, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/132723/

  • Martin-Kerry J, Bower P, Young B, Graffy J, Sheridan R, Watt I, Baines P, Stones C, Preston J, Higgins S, Gamble C, Knapp P (2017) “Developing and evaluating multimedia information resources to improve engagement of children, adolescents, and their parents with trials (TRECA study): Study protocol for a series of linked randomised controlled trials”, Trials. 18
    DOI: 10.1186/s13063-017-1962-z, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/117570/

  • Stones C, Knapp P, Closs SJ (2016) “Creating a better picture of chronic pain: improving pain pictogram designs through systematic evaluation of user responses”, British Journal of Pain. 10.4: 177-185.
    DOI: 10.1177/2049463716657365, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/100485/

  • Stones C (2016) “Online Food Nutrition Labelling in the UK: How consistent are supermarkets in their presentation of nutrition labels online?”, Public Health Nutrition. 19.12: 2175-2184.
    DOI: 10.1017/S1368980015003110, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91248/

  • Hung YL, Chen KR, Stones C, Cassidy T (2015) “Development and evaluation of healthcare media for new immigrants: A case study of the design of children's allergy healthcare media for new immigrants in Taipei, Taiwan”, Taiwan Journal of Public Health. 34.1: 74-85.
    DOI: 10.6288/TJPH201534103075

  • Closs SJ, Knapp P, Morley S, Stones C (2015) “Can pictorial images communicate the quality of pain successfully?”, British Journal of Pain. 9.3: 173-180.
    DOI: 10.1177/2049463715569805, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83590/

  • Reynoldson C, Stones C, Allsop M, Gardner P, Bennett MI, Closs SJ, Jones R, Knapp P (2014) “Assessing the quality and usability of smartphone apps for pain self-management”, Pain Medicine (United States). 15.6: 898-909.
    DOI: 10.1111/pme.12327, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/81307/

  • Stones CM, Knapp P, Crosswaithe L (2012) “Does a triangular border around healthcare-related pictograms help communicate ‘warning’?”, Information Design Journal. tbc.tbc (Unpublished)

  • Stones CM (2012) “Information Design for People with Chronic Pain: What can we learn from the pictures patients make?”, Health Communication. tbc.tbc (Unpublished)

  • Stones CM (2012) “Breaking the cycle: Extending the persistent pain cycle diagram using an affective pictorial metaphor.”, Health Communication. tbc.tbc

  • Stones CM, Cassidy T (2010) “Seeing and discovering: how do student designers reinterpret sketches and digital marks during graphic design ideation?”, Design Studies. 31.5: 439-460.

  • Stones CM, Cassidy T (2007) “Comparing synthesis strategies of novice graphic designers using digital and traditional design tools”, Design Studies. 28.1: 59-72.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.destud.2006.09.001

  • Stones CM (2003) “Capturing and visualising colour choice history in document design”, Digital Creativity. 14.4: 195-202.
    DOI: 10.1076/digc.

  • Stones CM, Stark J, Rutter S, macduff C “The Visual Representation of Germs – a typology and semiotic analysis of popular germ depictions.”, Visual Communication. (Submitted)

  • Stones CM, Knapp P, bower P, martin-kerry J “Supporting children and young people when making decisions about joining clinical trials: qualitative study to inform multimedia website development”, BMJ Open. (Submitted)

  • Stones CM, Stark J “Constructing Representations of Germs in the Twentieth Century”, Cultural and Social History. (Submitted)


  • Stones CM (2017) “Illustrating the Coming Out Story: Self-disclosure and the Twelve Dancing Princesses”, In: Kane N; Woods J (eds.) Reflections on Female and Trans* Masculinities and Other Queer Crossings. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 197-210
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/119091/

  • Stones CM, Hung JL (2011) “A comparative study of children's eHealth Design between East and West: A Case Study of Children's Health Websites in China, Taiwan, the UK and the US.”, In: Ergonomics and Health Aspects of Work with Computers. US: Springer. 129-138
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-21716-6

  • Sobol SC, Stones CM (2005) “Evaluating Usage of Dynamic Web Site Structures through Visualization”, In: Chen SY; Magoulas GD (eds.) Adaptable and Adaptive Hypermedia Systems. IRM Press/Idea Group. 300-320

  • Stones CM “Illustrating the Coming Out Story: Examining the issues surrounding the visibility of self-disclosure”, In: Kane N; Woods J (eds.) Reflections on Female and Trans* Masculinities. Cambridge Scholars. (Submitted)

Conference papers

  • Stones C, Gent M (2015) "If The Guardian can do it, we should be able to do it!" Examining Public Health Infographic Strategies used by Public Health Professionals. Design4Health 2015 Proceedings: Design4Health 2015 Proceedings (In preparation)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/87744/

  • Stones CM (2010) Information Design For People With Chronic Pain: What Can We Learn From the Pictures Patients Make?. IIID International IIID Vision Plus Conference

  • Stones CM (2005) Diagramming Design: Visualizing User Interactions with Colour Palettes. Proceedings: 9th International Information Visualization Conference IEEE, California.: 445-451.

  • Sobol SC, Stones CM, Whitworth A (2005) Qualitative Evaluation of E-learning using a Visualisation tool. Proceedings: IADIS International Conference Applied Computing 2005 IADIS International Conference Applied Computing 2005.

  • Stones CM (2004) Extending the Sketch: Assessing Colour Design Processes in Graphic Design Production. Proceedings: Enhancing Curricula: towards the scholarship of teaching in art, design and communication in Higher Education: 2004: 2nd International CLTAD Conference Enhancing Curricula: towards the scholarship of teaching in art, design and communication in Higher Education: 2004: 2nd International CLTAD Conference.: 167-185.

  • Stones CM, Sobol SC (2002) DMASC: A Tool for Visualizing User Paths Through a Web Site. Proceedings: Third International Workshop on Management of Information on the Web in conjunction with 13th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications DEXA'2002 IEEE Computer Society. 13: 389-393.

Internet publications

  • Stones CM (2005) Identifying, Categorising and Rationalising Digital Design Moves Made by Novice Graphic Designers. visual:design:scholarship: Journal of the Australian Graphic Design Association.

Research Projects & Grants

AHRC Design Fellowship Award. “Innovating Infographics” October 2014-October 2015.
Ignite Funded Project: “Seeking Belonging”. 2014.

Research Centres & Groups

She is a member of the Visual Communications Research group.

External Appointments

External examiner for the MA Design at the University of Chester.
External examiner at the University of Bradford, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics.

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

She currently supervises 4 PhD students working in graphic design for healthcare, participatory design and information design.



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