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Jeanne-Louise Moys

  • Programme Director, MA Creative Enterprise
  • Pathway Lead, MA Creative Enterprise (Communication Design Pathway)
  • Pathway Lead, MA Communication Design (Graphic Design and Information Design Pathways)
  • Department Research Ethics chair


Room T15, Typography & Graphic Communication

Building location

Whiteknights campus (Building 21, TOB2)

Areas of interest

My areas of interest focus on how typography and visual design can be meaningful for people in everyday life. This includes work in which I have explored the role of typographic presentation in the creation of meaning, context, and user experience in everyday and specialist genres. It encompasses an increasing range of inclusive design projects that consider how design can become more accessible for people living with particular disabilities, as well as projects that consider issues of social responsibility and representation in visual communication.

I am also passionate about design pedagogy and educational innovation to support more socially-responsible practices in higher education.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome opportunities to supervise postgraduate research in areas including (but not limited to) editorial design, inclusive design, information design, and user-centred design. I have wide-ranging methodological experience and can support postgraduate researchers across a variety of research approaches that engage with both participants and visual resources.

I particularly welcome enquiries from prospective doctoral students on design research topics that foreground the work of designers from historically disadvantaged communities, explore design practices beyond the dominant ‘western’ canon, or consider issues of social justice and inclusion in design.


I teach design practice, theory, and research skills across a range of genres and platforms across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Research centres and groups

I am a member of the European E-Read COST action research network. I am also a member of the University's multidisciplinary Breaking Down Barriers inclusive design project.

Research projects

'Health claims Unpacked'. I served as co-Investigator on this large European and interdisciplinary project investigating the communication of scientific health claims on food. Funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology/Horizon 2020. See the project website for more information.

'Investigating the interplay between typographic differentiation, motivation and recall in e-learning interfaces'. I served as lead Investigator on this European E-Read COST action STSM research project.

'Closing the digital divide and enhancing participation in social and leisure activities for individuals with acquired brain injury through near field communication technology'. I served as co-Investigator on this project, working with colleagues in Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Language Sciences. The project focused on evaluating the role of assistive technologies developed at the University of Reading for people with acquired brain injuries. Supported by the National Institute Health Research (NIHR) Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative.

Academic qualifications

My PhD from the University of Reading, "Typographic meaning: readers' impressions of patterns of typographic differentiation", was jointly funded by the University of Reading and the Centre for Information Design/Simplification Centre. I also hold a Master of Arts  and Bachelor of Journalism (specialising in Communication Design) from Rhodes University.

Awards and honours

University Teaching Fellowship (2018).

Professional bodies/affiliations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE)

Committee member, Information Design Association (IDA)