Alison Barnes is a graphic designer, researcher and educator, and is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic Branding and Identity at London College of Communication.
Alison has taught graphic design in the Higher Education sector for the last 20 years at institutions around the world, and also teaches on the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course at LCC. Before LCC, she worked as Director of Academic Programme in Design at Western Sydney University in Australia.
Alison’s practice-led research draws from both graphic design and cultural geography, centring on the understanding and representation of everyday life and place. She works with print-based media, exploring the potential of format and typography in creating ‘open work’.
Alison’s educational journey has been driven by her love for design, finding how we express who we are in the world endlessly fascinating.
After completing her Graphic Design degree in 1996, Alison worked freelance doing branding and graphic identity work in Nottingham for several years. She then completed an MA in Graphic Design at LCC in 2003.
Alison further developed her graphic design and branding interests in the context of an AHRC-funded practice-led research PhD at LCC, completing it 2011.
As a teacher, Alison’s main goal is to inspire students in the way that she has been inspired by the people who taught her – ensuring students graduate with a great portfolio and the connections that will enable them to land a good job in the graphic design industry.