David Sims

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David Sims

Programme Director Graphic Communication
Programme Director Spatial Communication

London College of Communication


David Sims is a graphic designer and educator. David is currently Programme Director for Graphic Communication and Spatial Communication where he manages both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the programme.

David’s continuing research output has focused on the use of technology in learning and teaching. David worked with the UAL Awarding Body on a review of the Art and Design Key Stage 4 specifications GCSE and A-level.

David recently worked with the Institute of Education on exploring best practice approaches to assessment in pre-degree arts qualifications. David is currently developing a data visualisation community of practice research hub at LCC. He has presented at conferences, institutions and to industry.

Research interests

Design Research, Digital Tools and Platforms, Data, Pedagogy.

Research statement

David’s research interest spans design education, data visualisation, digital futures and generative image production using open source software.

Previous design education projects have included the ‘paperless project’, this project model tests the benefits and limits of a paperless submission using a range of industry standard technology and practice methods. A small rewards scheme CLIP CETL funded project supported the development of a range of online software tutorials to support distance and online learning. The verbal feedback project - another CLIP CETL funded project looked into the use of recorded and emailed MP3 file verbal feedback instead of written for student assessments. Assessing the level of digital literacy of pre degree students this project focused on assessing the level of digital literacy of pre degree students applying to the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course at LCC. In 2015 David was successful in receiving funding for the development of a Data visualisation research hub at LCC. Working along side colleagues in the School of Design David is curating an exhibition for LDF entitled SE1 Data Stories.

David continues his practice of making prints using analogue and digital image production processes. David has developed images made via generative drawing programs written using ‘processing’ an open source programming language. The images that David produces are still rooted in the traditional practice of printmaking. David recently exhibited work in the ‘we all draw’ show at the bargehouse Southbank London.

Selected research outputs