Much of Phil’s research has been concerned with pedagogy but he is particularly interested in more recent developments in advertising, such as the creative use of social networking allowing companies to gather data on their client group and market their products directly through a range of tools. The monetisation of the internet (in particular YouTube), trend forecasting, hybridity and data visualisation are areas that have become integral to his teaching and practice.
Applying contemporary communication to Teaching and Learning methods led to a Development Award for ‘Using web logs as a multimedia resource base for students and courses’ and he has also delivered research papers on ‘Gamification’, ‘Using Web Logs As An Integrated Approach To Blended Learning’ and other e-Learning strategies. He also worked with AUB’s development team, working on a new digital learning network.
In 2011, Phil’s interest in iPads led to a successful bid to introduce them as part of DMP students creative design and learning toolkit. It was the first of its kind in the country and from it the course implemented a new Digital Publishing unit which allowed students to design and publish their own content using InDesign, attracting attention from Harper Collins and Adobe. This led him to present papers to Apple, the Blended Learning Conference at Hertfordshire and at Adobe’s San Jose headquarters. Working on new digital publishing solutions also reawakened his interest in letterpress printing and he has been laser cutting digital type layouts for hybrid print solutions.
Phil has continued to work on live projects, including working as Production Manager and content producer for an innovative Video Projection Mapping project at Winchester Cathedral for a performance of Britten’s War Requiem, a rebranding exercise for Nothe Fort Weymouth, that included a Pepper’s Ghost illusion, an aerial video of the Fort and a 360’ virtual web tour for the Russell Cotes Museum Bournemouth. This latter project was to deliver a web-accessible mapped set of interactive, multi-layered, spherical images of spaces within the museum and house. Overall the project has improved accessibility to the historic house and its collections, highlighting the quality and diversity of the museum.
Cathy has undertaken several research projects on professional issues within the creative industries. Most recently Cathy has contributed a chapter to the Gower publication A Handbook for Dealing with Workplace Bullying edited by Dr Anne-Marie Quigg regarding bullying within the creative industries, based on the report that she wrote for the Federation of Entertainment Unions to investigate bullying within the creative workplace. Cathy has also researched the profile and remuneration of international screenwriters for the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds and on a European Commission funded project for the Uni Global Union.
Cathy was the Chair of the steering committee for the University of the Arts London based Fashion in Film research initiative and festival, and has undertaken a research design project with Northumbria University’s prestigious School of Design.
Her current research interests focus on the cultural understanding of illness and disability through their representation in feature films.
Chris undertook research into cultural leadership as part of the national Meeting the Challenge programme funded by Arts Council England. During the last year this has involved a central role in delivery of an action learning and leadership mentoring programme (‘AMONITE’) for those working in senior roles in arts organisations, throughout the county of Dorset. Chris organised a county-wide conference exploring cultural leadership issues titled ‘Future Friday’. This event provided students with opportunities to meet with local industry leaders and hear from keynote speakers including 2012 Cultural Olympiad CEO Ruth McKenzie and CEO of Arts Council England South West Phil Gibby. Chris is also a Board member of Activate and Consultant at West Mead Creative.
Craig has also produced a writing festival at the Lighthouse, Poole through his theatre company Theatre Orb – a company dedicated to new writing for the theatre. Craig Norman continues to practice as a playwright and actor and has had worked performed locally and in London, Bristol and internationally.