Staff Profile:Mr Eric Kindel

Professor Eric Kindel
Job Title:
Head of Department

I am the Department Director of Teaching and Learning (undergraduate programme), Examinations Representative, and Year Tutor for undergraduates in their third year of study. I teach studio-based design practice and lecture on various topics across the undergraduate programme, supervise BA and MA dissertations, and supervise and advise PhD study. I also serve as curator of the Otto and Marie Neurath Isotype Collection.

I am a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council Peer Review College.

Areas of Interest:

My research currently encompasses two areas: Isotype, and the history of stencils and stencilling. I have also published studies of notable episodes in 20th-century design and print production.

Isotype. Between 2007 and 2011 I served as Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded 'Isotype revisited' project (together with Co-Investigator Prof. Sue Walker). The project's main outcomes included Otto Neurath's From hieroglyphics to Isotype: a visual autobiography (Hyphen Press, 2010), the exhibition 'Isotype: international picture language' (V&A, 2010-11), and the multi-authored Isotype: design and contexts, 1925-1971 (Hyphen Press, 2013). During the project my own research focused on Isotype activities in British colonial West Africa. This research is summarized in 'Isotype in Africa: Gold Coast, Sierra Leone, and the Western Region of Nigeria, 1952-8', a chapter in Isotype: design and contexts. New research is underway into Isotype contributions to British publishing in the context of postwar reconstruction and economic development.

Stencils and stencilling. Research into the history of stencils and stencilling as used principally for lettering and marking out texts has been in progress since 1999, and is wide-ranging. My aim is to establish a reliable historical account of such work by studying artefacts and practices from across a wide expanse of time, context, and location. Investigations into individual episodes will eventually form a summary history. The research has extended to the collecting of historical artefacts to document episodes and support interpretation. Work has been variously funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, American Philosophical Society, Printing Historical Society, and University of Reading's Research Endowment Trust Fund, and has involved long-term collaborations with Prof. James Mosley and Prof. Fred Smeijers. Current research in this area includes a study of Jean Gabriel Bery, a stencil maker active in Paris in the 1780s, and an investigation into the use of punches (dies) for stencil cutting in North America in the 19th century.


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  • Kindel, E. (2014) Stencil dies: new tools for an old trade. In: Blume, J., Pané-Farré, P. and Smeijers, F. (eds.) Vom Buch auf die Strasse: Grosse Schrift im öffenlichen Raum (Journal der HGB #3). Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, pp. 41-61, 127–145 (colour images); 193–210 (English text).




  • Kindel, E. (2011) Reaching the people: Isotype beyond the West. In: Heinrich, R., Nemeth, E., Pichler, W. and Wagner, D. (eds.) Image and Imaging in Philosophy, Science and the Arts. Publications of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, new series, vol. 17, 2 (17). Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt, Paris, Lancaster, New Brunswick, pp. 175-193. ISBN 9783868381160










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