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Dr Rob Banham

  • Department Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Examinations Officer
  • Year Tutor for undergraduates in their third year of study

Areas of interest

Rob graduated in Typography & Graphic Communication in 2000, before completing a PhD on the work of Frederick Gye and Giles Balne, nineteenth-century letterpress printers. This brought together his three main research interests: the design of printed ephemera, the influence of technology on design, and the history of colour printing. Rob has a particular interest in using archives and collections in teaching and research. He also writes and speaks about contemporary design.


In addition to his teaching and research, Rob works as a freelance designer, specialising in designing books and journals. He edits and designs The Ephemerist (journal of the Ephemera Society), and from 2001–2010 was Chairman of the Friends of St Bride Library, who organise a highly successful programme of lectures and conferences on a wide variety of subjects related to design and printing.  

Selected publications

  • Gye and Balne: printing families', Journal of the Printing Historical Society, ns. 5 (2003) pp. 17–42
  • 'Giles Balne', Baseline 42 (2003) pp. 25–32
  • 'Pocket Penguins', Baseline 48 (2006) pp. 33–44


  • Banham, R. (2013) The work force. The history of Oxford University Press. Volume 2: 1780-1896. Oxford University Press , London. ISBN: 9780199543151