- Programme Director, MA Creative Enterprise
- Pathway Lead, MA Creative Enterprise: Communication Design Pathway
- Pathway Lead, MA Communication Design: Information Design Pathway
- Pathway Lead, MA Communication Design: Graphic Design Pathway
- Department research ethics chair
OfficeRoom T15, Typography & Graphic Communication, TOB2
Building locationWhiteknights campus (building 21)
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.
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.
TeachingI 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.
'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 . See the 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.
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).
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE)
Committee member, Information Design Association (IDA)
- Marshall, L. and Moys, J. (2020) Readers’ experiences of Braille in an evolving technological world. Visible Language , 52 (1/2). ISSN: 0022-2224
- Moys, J. (2019) Repositioning aesthetics to improve synergies between research and practice – a typographic perspective. In: Mastoridis, K. , Sioki, N. , Dyson, M. , (eds.) Design for Visual Communication: Challenges and Priorities. Cambridge Scholars Publishing , Newcastle. pp. 36-52. ISBN: 9781527529540
- Moys, J. , Martinez-Freile, C. , McCrindle, R. , Meteyard, L. , Robson, H. , Kendrick, L. , Wairagkar, M. (2018) Exploring illustration styles for materials used in visual resources for people with aphasia. Visible Language , 52 (3). pp. 96-113. ISSN: 0022-2224
- Moys, J. , Loveland, P. , Dyson, M. (2018) eInk versus paper: exploring the effects of medium and typographic quality on recall and reading speed. Visible Language , 52 (3). pp. 74-95. ISSN: 0022-2224
- Moys, J. (2018) Promoting diversity through developing a sense of community. International Journal for Students as Partners , 2 (2). pp. 135-143. ISSN: 2560-7367 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v2i2.3547
- Moys, J. , Collier, J. , Joyce, D. (2018) By design: engaging Graphic Communication students in curriculum development. The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change , 4 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v4i1.752
- Lee, R. and Moys, J. (2016) Exploring the relationship between language and design: a study of Hong Kong newspapers. Visible Language , 50 (2). pp. 127-149. ISSN: 0022-2224
- Loveland, P. , Moys, J. , Tollett, H. , Towriss, M. (2016) Typo-resource: developing T&L support materials through collaboration. The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change , 2 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v2i1.238
- Moys, J. (2014) Investigating readers’ impressions of typographic differentiation using repertory grids. Visible Language , 47 (3). ISSN: 0022-2224
- Moys, J. (2014) Typographic layout and first impressions: testing how changes in text layout influence reader's judgments of documents. Visible Language , 48 (1). ISSN: 0022-2224