Biography

Rhiannon Robinson is an Associate Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts. She works primarily with Level 5 and Level 6 students, teaching most aspects of graphic design and studio practice but specialising in typography and editorial design. She also has special responsibility for teaching introductory typography to Level 4 students.

While running her own design practice, Rhiannon worked with high profile clients in industry, (Vosper Thorneycroft), the trades union movement (GMB) and the charity sector (The Peper Harow Foundation, now Childhood First). After starting a family, she moved to working largely in education and has taught extensively in a number of art schools, but she continues with freelance practice, as well as self-initiated visual projects that develop her particular interest in typography and textiles.

Qualifications and memberships

BA(Hons) Graphic Design, Central School of Art and Design, London (now Central St. Martins, University of the Arts, London)

MA Graphic Design, Central School of Art and Design, London (now Central St. Martins, University of the Arts, London)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Elected to the International Society of Typographic Designers, 2005

Academic and research interests

Graphic Design, Typography, Textile Crafts, Photography

Rhiannon’s current research is centred on the interface between typography and textiles, digital technologies and craft making, allowing her to further explore and develop her passion for letterforms, colour and pattern. For her, there is no contradiction between the highly digital world of contemporary graphic design and craft disciplines rooted in making and an affinity with materials.

Recent external roles

External Examiner, BA Graphic Design, Norwich University of the Arts, 2017–present

External Examiner, BA/MDes Graphic Design, Swansea School of Art, University of Wales, 2015–present

External Examiner, BA Graphic Design, Hull School of Art and Design, 2010–2015

External advisor for Glasgow Clyde College, University of the West of Scotland, on the re-validation of their BA(Hons) Graphic Design programme, June 2017