Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Vanessa Walker

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Vanessa is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Design and joined the University in September 2003. She has a BA in Fine Art and an MSc in Computer Animation. Prior to joining the University Vanessa worked as a Graphic Designer and has a broad experience, ranging from creating interfaces for educational products to web design and digital animation for games.

Research Interests

Vanessa’s main research areas are the visualization of data and information design.Her current HIEF4 funded research project is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Design and Biological Sciences, exploring the use of graphic visualization techniques in making complex scientific research more accessible to the wider public.



Level Subject
Level 1 DESN 1250 Fundamentals of Imaging
1800 History and Theory of Art and Design
Level 3 DESN 3660 Dissertation
MA/MSc Design DESN 5102 Design Issues
DESN 5105 Negotiated Project
DESN 5106 Reflective Report
DESN 5108 Technical Design Project
DESN 5109 Digital Design Practice


Conference papers

  • Walker V, Klauser K (2007) It's about time: an affective and desirable alarm clock. Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, 2007 Helsinki, Finland:: 407-420.

  • Walker V (2006) From Manga to Game. International Conference on Asian Comics, Animation & Gaming (Unpublished)

  • Cassidy T, Cao F, Walker VJ (2005) A Vacuum in the Market. Proceedings: Include 2005 The Royal College of Art.: pp.48+.

Professional Practice


  • Interactive work ‘who dunnit’ – Watershed Artec – CDRom and National Touring
  • exhibition: From Silver to Silicon, Milia multimedia festival, Cannes 1995, Art ’95’ London, Zone Gallery, Newcastle

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