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Research topics present and past

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

Communications for flood awareness: using information design to support people in the uptake of preparedness actions
 Diacritics in the Arabic script and Typography
 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

Research topics

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
2019 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
2019 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