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Student research topics

This page lists the research topics of our current active students, followed by a listing of the thesis titles of past students. Most past theses are retrievable from the British Library database EThOS.

current active students

Research Topics

Diacritics in the Arabic script and Typography

Communications for flood awareness: using information design to support people in the uptake of preparedness actions

How to effectively improve Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for use in rural areas

The history of Chinese typeface design from the 19th to the 20th century

Towards understanding diversity in Arabic type design: its origins, its current status and its effect on Arab readership

Avant-garde strategies in artists' publishing in Tate's library and archive collections

Italics redefined: influences and approaches in the design of contemporary secondary text typefaces

Appropriation of digital technology by type design practice: a study of projects published in Fuse Magazine (1991-2012)

The Design of Annual Reports, 1980-2000

The typographic representation of the Persian language

Authority and neutrality in information design for government, healthcare and finance: a comparative study of form design in India and Singapore

The use of typographic variants and space in printed Korean dictionaries: from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century

Networks, artefacts, and technology: nineteenth-century Muslim lithographic printers, missionaries, and colonialism in the Malay Archipelago

A diachronic study of front-of-package food labels with a particular focus on verbal and pictorial narratives that are relevant to health

Armenian typefaces from 1840 to the present: traditionalism, latinisation and the search for identity through changing technologies

Digital and platform independent type systems

How does the design of pictorial signs, as a component of digital communication, affect their use as a form of personal expression?

Linear and concurrent developments of early digital type design processes in environments of specifications, strategies, production and discourse.

Books, magazines and ephemera in 1960-70s Conceptual art practices: presentation, circulation and the organisation of work

Design processes used to produce documents that facilitate complex decision making for housing in later life

A systematic analysis of visual and algorithmic letter fitting

Readability of Chinese-English bilingual traffic sign design

Charles Mozley (1914-1991): artist, illustrator, printmaker, and designer

How the book, as a physical object, influences and is part of the process of storytelling through its narrative structure

past student theses

Date Thesis title (final) 
2019 A new method of analysing printed type: the case of 15th-century Venetian romans
2019 The use of informative and decorative pictures in Health and Safety posters for children
2019 Better museum maps: an empirical study comparing the appeal and effectiveness of graphic design approaches

A comparison of seeking-finding behaviours across the contexts of environmental space, paper documents, and on screen 

2019 Coherence in typeface design: visual similarity of characters in Cyrillic, Devanagari, and Latin
Democratizing knowledge and visualising progress: illustrations from Chambers's Encyclopaedia, 1859-1892
2018 Arabic types in Europe and the Middle East, 1514-1924: challenges in the adaptation of the Arabic script from written to printed form
2018 Linotype's design of new Greek typefaces for photocomposition in the Greek printing market, 1970-1980.
2018 The Latin alphabet reform in Turkey
2018 An information design approach to documenting live art: locating & empowering the document user
2017 Devanagari type in the twentieth century
2016  Clothing the paper: On the state of newspaper design, redesigns, and art directors' perspectives in contemporary quality and popular newspapers.
2016 Monotype and Eric Gill: a study of the design and production of Gill's hot-metal typefaces.
2015 Relationships between document instantiations across systems, mediums, and genres
2014 The 'modern face' in France and Great Britain, 1781-1825: typography as an ideal of progress
2014 International cross-currents in typeface design: France, Britain and the USA in the phototypesetting era
2014 Reading and the morphology of the page: a historical study of the typographic design of the Greek alphabet book, 1771-1919
2013 Arabic type-making in the machine age; the influence of technology on the form of Arabic type 1908-1993
2013 Edward Wright (1912-1988) artist, designer, teacher with Descriptive catalogue of works (1937-1988)
2012 Typographic meaning: readers' impressions of patterns of typographic differentiation
2012 A definition of the principles of Isotype and an investigation into their methods of diffusion and legacy
2011 Design is Ordinary: Lay Graphic Communication and Its Relation to Professional Graphic Design Practice
 2010 Using visual explanations of complex verbal concepts to aid dyslexic children in literacy acquisition
2009 Tibetan typeforms: an historical and visual analysis of Tibetan typefaces from their inception in 1738 up to 2009
2008 The Fifteenth-Century Printing Practices of Johann Zainer, ULM 1473-1478
2008 Visual genre conventions and user performance on the web
2008 A framework for graphic description in book design
2008 Towards the optimization of software instructional demonstrations
2008 Typography in traditional poetry: Methods of segmentation in narrative poems and sonnets
2008 Information books for children: Their visual anatomy and evolution (1860-2005)
2007 E. McKnight Kauffer: poster artist. An investigation into poster design and production during the inter-war period using E. McKnight Kauffer's oeuvre as an example
2007 Secret and Confidential: Some Aspects of Oxford University Press and its Activities in the Second World War
2006 English little presses, book design and production. A study of five London publishers, 1945-1979
2006 Effects of the typographic layout of reading examination materials on performance
2005 Frederick Gye and Giles Balne: A Study of the firms Gye & Balne (1805-1829) and Balne (1829-1938) with particular reference to their colour printing
2005 Usability for Learning. A Socio-Cultural Approach to Usability of VLEs
2005 The life and work of Beatrice Warde
2005 The arrangement of links in government websites
2005 Sebastiao Rodrigues and the development of modern graphic design in Portugal
2005 Designing appropriate icons for Taiwanese computer users
2004 The development of special characters in Slavonic languages with the emphasis on the orthographic reforms in Slovenian and Croatian language
2003 Typography & graphic design in Spain
2002 Images of peace in Britain from the late nineteenth century to the Second World War'
2002 Understanding readers' navigation in www documents
2002 Otl Aicher: design as a method of action
2001 Thomas Way & T.R. Way
2001 Informing young people: What motivates young people to read community education resources
2001 Tabulation, grouping and separation techniques in the presentation of printed accounts and financial statements during the time of letterpress
1999 The Kynoch Press 1876-1981
1999 Knowledge construction in typography: the case of legibility research and the legibility of sans serif typefaces
1999 Milestones in lithographed cartography from 1800
1998 Towards a methodology for studying commonalities in the drawing process of young children
1998 An analytical approach to procedural pictorial sequences
1997 Casting the Greek newspaper
1996 Compound-plate printing: the impact of a style
1995 Paul Renner and German typography, 1900-1950
1995 Publishers and purchasers of the photographically-illustrated book in the nineteenth century
1994 The Illustrated Wittgenstein: a study of the diagrams in Wittgenstein's published works
1994 The Linotype in the United Kingdom 1889-1912
1993 O Gráfico Amador: The roots of modern Brazilian typography
1993  The graphic language of vernacular literacy primers in West Africa
1993 An investigation into the suitability of the graphic presentation of patient package inserts
1991 Photography and printmaking 1840-1860
1991 The translation of the Anglican book of Common Prayer
1990 Semiotics and design: from gothic revival to avant-garde
1990 The graphic translation of text
1990 The contribution of the firm of Boulton & Watt to engineering drawing
1989 Graphic communication in development programmes: models for communicators
1989 H.N.H. The work of Henry Noel Humphrey
1988 Greek printing types in Britain from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century
1988 Joins in children's handwriting and the effects of different models and teaching methods
1987 The typographic contribution to language. Towards a model of typographic genres and their underlying structures
1985 English printers 1600-1700 and their supra-text roman and italic types
1983 Descriptive techniques for studying verbal graphic language
1981 Colour lithography in England during the nineteenth century
1979 Otto Neurath's contribution to visual communication (1925-45)
1972 An investigation into some aspects of the use of colour in illustrations designed for the primary school child
1966 Lithography 1800-1850: a study of the techniques of drawing on stone in England and France, and their application in works of typography
1965 Experimental graphic processes in England, 1800-1859





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