Vanessa Price is a graphic design researcher and educator and Lead Tutor in Postgraduate Studies on MA Graphic Media Design within the Design School at London College of Communication.
Vanessa is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and postgraduate of the Royal College of Art. Her professional design practice began in print based editorial design covering wide-ranging commercial and arts based clients such as Guardian Media Group, the British Museum, the V&A, the Royal College of Art, the Observer and numerous private clients and galleries.
Design awards have included: Oberon Award for Book Design, Folio Society Award for Book Illustration and shortlist for the Arts Foundation Award. Interest in the image and the page within commercial editorial design led to a focus on these areas within academic practice.
Vanessa has extensive experience of curriculum development and teaching across a range of UK undergraduate and postgraduate graphic design courses. Her teaching qualifications include Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Art and Design, and Supervising Research Degrees in Art, Design and Communication.
Vanessa’s research is committed to a rethinking of graphic design’s position within the academic field. By exploring relationships between design practice, theory and education her research argues for new pedagogic strategies to extend and expand our understanding of graphic design as a key player in the construction of visual meaning.
Vanessa recently presented a paper ‘The Semiotics of the Image within the Visual Messages of Graphic Design’ at the Semiosis in Communication: Knowing and Learning Conference in Bucharest, Rumania (June, 2016). The paper explores the fetishisation of the image within the commercial messages of graphic design.
Vanessa’s ongoing research project ‘Writerly Readers’ discusses the role of graphic design in presenting and mediating the visual narratives of inner city regeneration and was presented at the ‘Semiotics & Visual Communication: Culture of Seduction Conference’ in Cyprus (Oct 2015). Vanessa’s paper ‘Writerly Readers: Semiotics at the Elephant and Castle’ (Feb 2016) questions the role of graphic design within the consumption and display of the spectacle city.
Along with other academic staff at LCC Vanessa set up the cross-disciplinary Space and Place Research hub that explores spatial discourse and placemaking within urban environments.