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Johanna Dennis studied Art and Design Foundation at Kingston University and then BA Graphic Design and Illustration at Bath Spa University. Following that she worked for 10 years as a freelance illustrator in London for clients in publishing, editorial, packaging and advertising.
Following this she moved into flash animation, which then led into interactive design for web. Illustration, animation and interactivity continue to be part of her practice when not teaching.
Previous to leading the BA Illustration first year at Camberwell, she taught on BA Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea and BA Graphic Design at University for the Creative Arts.
Research interests are local narratives, the social impact of storytelling and interactive experiences. These were embedded and embodied in the 2018 project ‘PITCH’, in partnership with Spitalfields Market, that Dennis devised and led.
Alongside fellow Camberwell staff members Charlie Abbott (BA Graphic Design) and Angela Hogg (FdA Graphic Design and Illustration), she won the UAL Teaching and Learning Fund award to design and run a project that would enable all first year students and staff in the design programme to work in cross-disciplinary teams.
Students were introduced to thematic approaches to investigate the strengths and problems of Spitalfields Market and its’ surrounding area from a historical, current and future perspective.
They were then asked to use the market as an interface to create new narratives, exchanges, environments and interactions to invigorate the market’s role in the social and creative fabric of the area, culminating in a three day takeover event of the market.