Graphics and Communication

Alice Stevens

Senior Lecturer – Graphic Design

Royal College of Art: MA in Animation 1992. Wimbledon School of Art: First Class BA (hons) in Theatre Design 1990. AUB: Diploma in General Art & Design 1987. Southampton University: PGCE (level 7) 2013.

Biography

Alice Stevens is a designer and educator. She is an RSA Fellow and currently a senior lecturer on the BA (hons) Graphic Design programme. She is committed to Design for Good and Educational Sustainable Development.

Alice founded AUB Human in 2016. Since then she has been planning and organising an annual symposium and associated events which have continued to grow in ambition and inspire and build a community of conscientious practitioners.

She represents the faculty of ADA on the Environment Committee as well external pro-active engagement on Bournemouth Council’s Sustainable Business Leader Group.  She is also part of the Advisory Board at Bournemouth University’s Ageing & Dementia Research Centre to create Ageing and Dementia Friendly Design Guidelines and sits on the AUB Equalities & Diversity Group.

Alice has a commitment to building Employability within the university and has developed many successful and productive industry links. In 2016 she instigated the Level 5 Network Event which has run annually and given students the opportunity to present work to industry professionals and receive feedback. Many students have been offered internships and Junior Design roles as a result of the event. Alice also contributed to the Employability Group in devising the AUB Employability Framework.

Alice’s industry background has been predominantly in television where her career has spanned a twenty-year period. Although she has mainly designed and directed title sequences for Channel 4 and Five, most recently, Alice has co-designed Eurotrash which was produced by Twenty Twenty Television and broadcast on Channel 4 in June 2016.

Professional practice

Alice’s industry background has been predominantly in television where her career has spanned a twenty-year period. Although she has mainly designed and directed title sequences for Channel 4 and Five, most recently, Alice has co-designed Eurotrash which was produced by Twenty Twenty Television and broadcast on Channel 4 in June 2016.

Alice has also worked in advertising and has directed a number of global commercials for Ogilvy & Mather UK as well as designing over forty Orangina sponsorship idents and working on Coca-Cola commercials in London and Los Angeles. She has been involved in directing sequences for several music videos including: The Sugar Babes, M People and the Manic Street Preachers. Prior to this, Alice was a production designer working in Light Entertainment for Rapido TV where she designed numerous series for Channel 4 including The Girlie Show, Big Mouth and Here’s Johnny that launched names such as: Jonny Vaughan, Sarah Cox, Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G) and Ricky Gervais.

Her short film Yellow Shoes was funded by the BFI, screened at numerous festivals and awarded the Special Prize for Design at the Ottawa Animation Festival. It has also been broadcast on Channel 4 and Canal Plus. For two years Alice sat as a member of the jury for the BAFTA awards in the animation category. She has been interviewed on Channel 4’s Dope Sheet discussing the work of contemporary animators and her work has featured in numerous magazines including Creative Review, Televisual, Broadcast, Campaign, The Telegraph and The Guardian. Her work for Talkback’s, The 11 O’Clock Show was featured in a two hour documentary defining the first twenty years of Channel 4. In 2014 her personal work was exhibited at The London Design Festival at The V&A, London.

Professional memberships

  • HEA Fellow (2016–current)
  • RSA Fellow (2014–current)
  • Institute for Learning (IFL) (2011–2014)

Awards

  • AUB Teaching Fellowship (2016)
  • AUBSU Thank you Award: Silver (2015)
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival, Special Prize for Design (1995)

Grants

  • BFI Film Fund / Yellow Shoes / £8,000 (1993)
  • Arts Council: Picture This Film Fund / Fish / £3,000 (1993)

Research Specialism

Alice’s research centres around social, ethical and sustainable design practice. For the fourth year running she has created and led a symposium with associated workshops addressing aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s symposium was titled AUB Human presents: Innovative Futures, and had speakers from the RSA, Nice & Serious and Creative Conscience as well as numerous inspirational designers. Previous symposium titles were: Can Design Save the World? (March 2015), Obligation (March 2016) and Who Cares? (March 2017).

Last year, Alice was awarded an AUB Teaching Fellowship for the curation of a new microsite, AUB Human which she founded in 2016. AUB Human is a space that celebrates social, ethical and sustainable creative practice and aims to connects designers, architects, filmmakers and other creative practitioners who share a desire to bring about positive change for global good. Alice has given several talks about creativity for good both at Teaching & Learning events within AUB (2018), at local council events such as Connected Bournemouth (2017) and in July 2017 she gave a presentation at the HEA Annual Conference about the benefits of embedding social, ethical and sustainable design in the curriculum and how this can impact on student motivation, confidence and employability.

In September 2016, Alice was a speaker at the first AUB Creative Learning Symposium. Alice is also a member of Bournemouth University’s Advisory Board to create new Design Guidelines that are ageing and dementia friendly for use in care homes and the community.

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