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Joel Lardner

Senior Lecturer – Illustration

MA Illustration, Kingston University (1992–95). BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Leeds Metropolitan University (1989-92). PGCE, University College for the Creative Arts (2006-08).


Joel Lardner is a practicing Illustrator and senior lecturer in Illustration at the Arts University at Bournemouth. His constantly evolving practice has been featured on diverse media platforms and channels, and within many international journals and surveys of Illustration. Joel’s current research focus is on the development of collaborative projects which expand, explore and examine the possibilities technology offers the curious Illustrator. He has presented international academic papers on subjects such as digital illustration, the origins of skateboarding iconography, and the relationship between accidents and creativity.

Professional practice

Illustration clients have included Sony Europe, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian Newspaper and BBC Radio 1. Joel has lectured widely across the sector and exhibited internationally.  His work has appeared in numerous industry leading international publications. He is actively engaged in creative discourse with students regarding his research, live projects and professional practise in order to examine and develop new contexts and platforms for Illustrators to inhabit and exploit.


  • 3×3 Illustration, NYC. Merit Award (Animation) (2016)
  • AUB Research Fellowship Award (2009–2010)

Research Specialism

Joel’s current focus is on the development of collaborative work and an exploration of new digital platforms available to Illustrators. He is currently interested in vintage picture books, skateboard graphics and using this vocabulary to pursue new directions for his practice.


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