Biography

Jim Millington is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts and programme leader for the BA(Hons) Graphic Design and BA(Hons) Illustration courses.

Currently, he works primarily with Level 5 and Level 6 students on both courses, teaching most aspects of graphic design and studio practice. He has wide interests and experience in the field, from corporate identity, packaging, branding and editorial design to typography and creation of letterforms.

As a professional designer, Jim has worked with high profile clients such as The Royal Geographical Society, ICI, Cambridge Electronic Industries and Hull University’s Maritime History Unit. For some years he was one of only two Corporate Identity consultants for The Design Council, advising on all aspects of corporate culture and visual identity. He continues with freelance practice, as well as self-initiated visual projects that develop his interest in graphic design as a cottage industry.

Jim also visits schools and colleges, delivering presentations about the range of wonderful art, design and media courses offered at the institute.

Qualifications and memberships

SFHEA: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

MA Graphic Design, University of Lincoln

Academic and research interests

Graphic Design, Typography, Type Design, Illustration, Architecture, Photography

Jim’s current research is centred on the design and development of digital fonts inspired by Delittles typefaces, many of which have never been produced as anything other than letterpress woodblock type.

Recent external roles

2017–present: External Examiner, BA(Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration, University of Bolton (Bradford College)

2012–2016: External Examiner, BA(Hons) Graphic Communication, University of Northampton