As well as tutoring for IDI, Tim is Programme Leader of both the HND and BA (Hons) Graphic Design programmes at the University of Kent at West Kent College. With a background in advertising, publishing, illustration and education, Tim maintains his own practice as a freelance graphic artist and designer, working for a diverse range of agencies and clients in the south east of England. For nearly 20 years Tim has taught in various capacities and is a committed Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Guy is a multi-disciplinary book artist and designer and has been teaching at various UK Universities as a lecturer and co-ordinator since 1995. He is currently employed as a visiting associate lecturer at the University of the West of England, delivering MA and BA (Hons) programmes. In recent research practice, he has made collaborative, graphic and typographic works. These were commissioned by the University of Dundee for an AHRC project entitled ‘Poetry Beyond Text’ and have been exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
Elspeth trained at Central Saint Martin’s and Goldsmiths, London and went on to work in Advertising and Design in London. She has run her own Graphic Design company and has exhibited in galleries in Manchester, Liverpool, Abbot Hall, Kendal and London. Previous posts have included Curriculum Manager in Graphic Design and Illustration at Blackpool School of Creative Arts. Elspeth is currently a practising designer and typographer. Her area of expertise includes concept development, visual branding, editorial, typography, the craft of print, as a well as her own personal research into the permutations of letterforms and materials within the 2D and 3D environment.
As well as tutoring with IDI since 2012, Ella is a freelance artist and designer working with illustration and animation for print and web. Her portfolio includes work for children’s narrative, exhibitions, and within commercial and educational fields. Ella was previously a sessional lecturer and digital media technician at Norwich University College of the Arts, lecturing across a broad spectrum of courses including BA Graphics, Publishing and Animation and MA Digital Arts and Animation.
John has both academic and industry experience. For almost a decade he developed and taught the graphic design, digital photography and web design modules of the Media Studies degree at Liverpool Hope University. He has also taught graphic design in other educational establishments in the UK. In the USA he was a graphic designer at several Washington DC based advertising agencies and, as well as for several independent newspapers in Salt Lake City UT. More recently, he designed a website for the international award-winning children’s book illustrator and author David Roberts. John recently won an international photographic award and his work was exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia in June 2013. In 2014, John had an exhibition entitled ‘10’, which formed part of the Liverpool Independents Biennial International Art and Music Festival and he was awarded the ‘Ness Botanic Garden Photographer of the Year’.
Gail has nearly thirty years’ experience in the graphic design industry, as well as in the further and higher education sectors. Prior to lecturing, Gail worked for several design agencies, working for blue chip clients such as GM, BP, British Airways, First Direct, and was fortunate enough to be involved in award-winning projects for Visa. Before starting as a tutor for IDI, she was a Pathway Leader of two Foundation degrees in Graphic Design and Fine Art at Hertford Regional College, also validated by the University of Hertfordshire. Gail has also worked in further education at National Diploma and Foundation level. Alongside working for IDI, Gail now runs her own small design consultancy working with a diverse range of clients advising and producing brand identity, print design and digital communications.
Esther’s design background is in branding and print, having worked for a variety of global design agencies in London. She has over ten years’ teaching experience, many of which were co-ordinating the graphic design pathway on a large art foundation programme. Esther has also run her own studio for ten years, which provides print and web design for a number of clients. Alongside her work for IDI, she is also a visiting lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts on the BA Graphics programme. Having completed her Master’s in Design History and Material Culture in 2014, with a thesis that examined the book as an object of desire, she is now pursuing opportunities to have her writing published.
A seasoned studio practitioner, trained in visual communication and design. Rob teaches and practices in a range of fields within the creative industries and is passionately committed to giving the best in design teaching. As a design researcher, he explores collaborative practice across boundaries in creative and critical environments. He is currently researching for a PhD in Design Innovation. As a creative director, he consults on projects and makes films about innovative design practices.
Kimberley is a freelance educator and designer, working across multi-disciplines of design and specialising in exhibition design and commercial branding. She has over nine years of design industry experience and has worked with many well-known brands including Marks and Spencer and Lloyds TSB. She merges this industry experience with academia. She previously lectured at the National Design Academy and Staffordshire University where she tutored on design and visual communication courses. Alongside these courses she taught day intensives in computer aided design. While completing her PGCHPE she specialised in eLearning technologies which has further enhanced her tutoring skills.
Christopher Gibbs achieved a first class honours degree in Illustration at Norwich School of Art, followed by an MA in Sequential Illustration from the University of Brighton. He lives in High Wycombe with his dog and an infinitely more obedient Apple Mac, and has lectured in Illustration at various universities across the country. His work has adorned contemporary adult and young fiction covers all over the world. In 2007 he won the Association of Illustrators Images 31 Gold Award for his book cover for 'Puccini's Ghosts'. He manipulates digital imagery to create multi-layered pictures, using photography and graphic symbols with rich textures and a sophisticated colour palette. He has illustrated Royal Mail packaging for Harry Potter stamps, many SF Masterworks covers, cover imagery for the 'How to Train Your Dragon' series, and has also worked in the editorial field for many specialist magazines.
Jonathan has been a lecturer in further and higher education for over 15 years and currently lectures in Illustration. He has a BA (Hons), MA (Distinction) in Graphic Communication and a PGCE. Jonathan has a wide range of experience in the Art and Design industry, having worked as an Illustrator and designer across Europe. His main areas of expertise are illustration and graphic design, digital photography, and the teaching and use of design software. He has exhibited Artwork in solo and group exhibitions, has produced large-scale public sculptures and has a sound knowledge of art and design both theoretical and practical.
Simon has a combination of twenty years of advertising and graphic design industry experience, as well as working in the further and higher education sectors. He is also the programme leader of the successful BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at the University of Doncaster, which he has run since 2005. Prior to that Simon worked in further education at national diploma and foundation level. He constantly draws on his experiences of working in the creative sector and this is an invaluable asset when teaching design students about the world of work and its demanding expectations.
Belinda is a practicing artist and designer who has been leading programmes in higher education for two decades. During this time she has been a pioneer in the creation and development of new teaching and learning styles in the area of combining art and design practice with new technologies. She created and led the BA (Hons) Computer Arts and BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Media Design programmes at Abertay University, and has recently been awarded a Senior Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Her own work has been featured across various mediums including book illustration, commmercial graphic design and digital installations. She most recently developed a project using traditional drawing and new media to create visual comment.
Tina is an interactive designer and multimedia artist who has been teaching in higher education for six years. She is currentely employed as a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme at Cambridge School of Art specialising in interactive design, web design and motion graphics. She is a member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and is committed to online learning which she also incorporates into her traditional teaching role.