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John Rooney

Teaching Fellow in Graphic and Communication Design

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BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Liverpool School of Art. MA Design And Art Direction Manchester Metropolitan University. PGCE (Teaching and Research, University of Salford

Before moving in to Higher Education, I ran a Manchester based graphic design consultancy, working with national and international clients in the creative arts sector This work included a 12-year creative commission with Tate Gallery Liverpool, working on art books, exhibition newsletters, international gallery and artist advertising campaigns web design work and motion graphic projects.

In 2015 I successfully completed my PhD transfer. This is a psychogeographic/deep mapping  project that aims to create typographic interpretations from personal location specific internal and external narratives recorded whilst travelling by the 17 Bus to and from Manchester City Centre.

My areas of focus are Graphic Design, Typography, Site specific art projects, and typographic research in the area of design for Dementia

Biography

Working with national and international clients in the creative arts sector including: People’s History Museum / ArtTranspennine98 / Umbro: Europe, USA, Japan / Adidas Europe / FACT Liverpool / Reebok UK / Liverpool and Manchester Design Initiative / The University of Liverpool / Oldham Art Gallery / The Green Room Manchester / Urban Splash Manchester / North West Arts, Manchester / Visual Arts Venues (NW) / Manchester City Art Gallery / Contact Theatre Manchester / The Northern Quarter Manchester / Atlas Cafe Bar, Manchester / Ian Starr Contemporary Art / The Stone Roses, Slivertone Records / Virgin Megastore Manchester / Geese Clothing Manchester / Arts About Manchester / Play It Again Sam Records Belgium / Manchester Metropolitan University / Frankfurt Book Fair 2004 / Assorted iMaGes, London/ Pentagram. London / Émigré USA / Baseline Magazine.

This work included a 12-year creative commission with Tate Gallery Liverpool, working on art books, exhibition newsletters, international gallery and artist advertising campaigns web design work and motion graphic projects.

John’s first degree (BA (Hons) Graphic Design from the Liverpool Polytechnic School of Art, following with an MA Design and Art Direction at the Manchester Metropolitan University. And also a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and Research (PGCHEPR).

 

 

Research Interests

Since 2006, I have presented my research findings at 16 local, national and international conference and symposia. I also have acted as associate editor for The International Conference on Design Principles and Practice 2006 and written a chapter in the research publication “Communication in Cine Clube de Avanca” Editions 2012 ISBN 97 89 899 685819.

John is also a member of the Digital Prosodic Typography Project. This is a research partnership formed by John, Dr. Ian Drumm (Acoustic Science – University of Salford and Natalie Yates-Bolton (Nursing). Both colleagues have had significant success in research funding with public engagement and health research projects. The BBC R+D Department is the industry partner in this research.

The Dementia Typographic Project is a cross-university research project designed to create a letterforms and typographic marks which are easily identifiable to a person living with Dementia. He am working on this project with Bruno Maag from Dalton Maag) The Dementia Design Group at Salford University, and Hearthstone Research Centre Boston USA. The outcomes of this work include printed signage, wayfaring and typographic treatment for web tablet and smartphone applications.

I have been interviewed for “Sounding Out Aeolus”, a Podcast with The University Acoustics department. I have also curated the Type Tarts international typography exhibition, Media City 2012, organised the “Research and Practice” symposium, designed to connect industry and education. I have also exhibited my research as a typographic audio sound piece for the Decode Recode event at Media City in March 2012.

Teaching

BA in Graphic and Communication Design (Level 1,2,3,4)

Module Manager:

DESN2980:Design Application

DESN2989:Graphic and Communication Media B

MA Design and Advertising 

Content delivery includes Graphic Design, Typography, Advertising and the contextual methodology of the creative process.

Research Projects & Grants

Research bid history

April 2012

EPSRC funding call: Research in the Wild

Bid Team: Dr I Drumm (Computing Science and Engineering) J Rooney (Art and Design)

N Yates-Bolton (School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work)

Industry partner: BBC accessibility

Title: Developing an adaptive typography for

enhanced communication in a digital world

Research Bid: £300,000

John has also contributed key design and branding to the successful 600K EPSRC/Art Council/ Outokompu funded ‘Aeolus’ project, Lead by Dr Ian Drumm, University of Salford. This is one of the largest science public engagement projects of its kind. John’s work has featured in promotion materials, exhibitions and resources for schools and teacher CPD.

PhD Thesis

PhD title: Journeys on the A664

My PhD is at now at the transfer stage with a first draft of my final dissertation ready for submission in 2015. This is a psychogeographic project that aims to create typographic interpretations from personal location specific internal and external narratives recorded whilst travelling by the 17 Bus to and from Manchester City Centre.

The route taken for this research project is the A664 between Rochdale and Manchester. The observation point is on a bus, a moving object passing through connected (and disconnected) spaces. People, places and spaces inside, and outside the bus will offer narratives from the historic past, present and future.

My PhD is at now at the transfer stage with a first draft of my final dissertation ready for submission in 2015. This is a psychogeographic project that aims to create typographic interpretations from personal location specific internal and external narratives recorded whilst travelling by the 17 Bus to and from Manchester City Centre.

The route taken for this research project is the A664 between Rochdale and Manchester. The observation point is on a bus, a moving object passing through connected (and disconnected) spaces. People, places and spaces inside, and outside the bus will offer narratives from the historic past, present and future.

Professional Practice

John Rooney worked as a freelance graphic designer in Manchester, working with clients in the creative arts sector including Tate Gallery Liverpool/Tate Millbank/Manchester City Art Gallery/The PumpHouse People’s History Museum/ArtTranspennine/Umbro Europe,  USA and Japan/adidas Europe/FACT/The Design Initiative/Reebok UK /The University of Liverpool/ Manchester Museum/The Green Room/Urban Splash/North West Arts/Russell Carney Hairdressing/Oldham Art Gallery/Contact Theatre/The Northern Quarter/Marketing Manchester/Virgin Megastore Geese Clothing/Visual Arts Venues (NW)Bury Art Gallery Museum + Archive/Arts About Manchester/The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester/Play It Again Sam Records/Baseline Magazine UK/Emigre Magazine USA/Factory Records Manchester. He has also had work featured in the Frankfurt Book Fair and published work in the Best of European book design in 2006.

Links

http://www.johnrooney.co.uk

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