Staff Profile:Dr Mary Dyson

Dr Mary Dyson
Job Title:
31024 Sessional Lecturer

Programme Director MA by Research in Typography & Graphic Communication, School and Department Director of Research, Department Director of Postgraduate Studies.

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Mary Dyson has a background in psychology which has influenced her work within typography and graphic communication in a number of ways. Appointed to teach and research within an area once known as Electronic Publishing, she has focused on users and their interactions with documents, not the technology. One of her primary research interests is empirical investigations of how changes in the design of documents affect performance. In particular, Mary has done experiments with screen-based material and published work on reading and interacting on screen alongside reviews of other research in this area.

More recently, Mary has drawn on her PhD in perception and started looking at the perception of typefaces by typography students, in comparison to non-designers. This explores a specific perceptual phenomenon called categorical perception. She is currently writing and researching into how typefaces are processed when reading.

Mary continues to enjoy supervising research students on topics relating to her own research, but also more broadly within the field. This work is presented at conferences and articles submitted to journals for publication.

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  • Dyson, M. C. (2005) How do we read text on screen. In: Oostendorp, H. V., Breure, L. and Dillon, A. (eds.) Creation, use and deployment of digital information. Routledge, London, pp. 279-306. ISBN 9780805845877



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Conference presentations:


Dyson, M.C. (2013) Does typography work? Ways of researching. Typography Day 2013, 7-9 March 2013, IIT Guwahati, India

Dyson, M.C. (2012) Exploring the contribution of information design to effective e-learning.International Conference of the Taiwan Association for Educational Communications and Technology held at National Chiayi University, Taiwan, 30 November -1 December 2012.

Other recent conference presentations

These have explored the perception of typefaces by designers, and also looked at how readers more generally make use of typefaces in reading.

Dyson, M.C. and Beier, S. (2013) Let's talk about it. What is the way forward for typographic research? ATyPI conference, Amsterdam, 9-13 October 2013

Dyson, M.C. and Beier, S. (2013) What can we learn from the disputes between designers and scientists? The fruits of collaboration. 5th International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication, Nicosia, Cyprus, 6-8 June 2013

Dyson, M.C., Tam, K., Kwok, B. (2012) Reading expertise: what does it have to do with typefaces? Between black and white, ATyPI conference, Hong Kong, 10-14 October 2012

Suen, C. Y., Dumont, N., Dyson, M., Tai, Y.-C., Lu, X. Evaluation of Fonts for Digital Publication and Display. 11th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR), Beijing, China, 18-21 September 2011.

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