Graphics and Communication

Laura Walker

Lecturer (HE) – Visual Communication

PGCAP - Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Southampton), MA Graphic Design (Arts University Bournemouth)

Biography

Laura studied Visual Communication at university before embarking on a career within the creative industries at a variety of award-winning design and advertising agencies, working as a Designer and most recently, progressing to Art Director. She has produced work for a range of national and international clients, such as Unilever Food Solutions, Samsung, The Telegraph, Audible.co.uk, Sunseeker and also many charities, including The NSPCC, Plan UK, RNIB, The RNLI and Alzheimer’s Research UK. Alongside her passion for typography and multidisciplinary working, Laura has worked in a mentorship role for many years with junior designers and is enjoying bringing her expertise in this area to the students on BA (Hons) Visual Communication, where she currently leads Level 4. As well as working commercially across many platforms and mediums, Laura also has a strong interest in traditional print methods and craft; she creates work using Letterpress and lino printing and also makes many small collectible items such as, soft toys and books.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)

Research Specialism

Laura has created work that was exhibited at the PAGES International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair 2016 held at The Tetley, in Leeds as well as the Bristol Artist’s Book Event (BABE) 2017 held at the Arnolfini, in Bristol. The books that she typically produces focus on the use of bold imagery and colours, challenging form and structure whilst maintaining delicate hierarchies of beautiful typography. All books are hand-crafted, with careful attention to detail to binding choices and paper engineering.

Laura’s on-going professional freelance creative work helps to inform her teaching practice and ensures currency and validity in relation to contemporary industry practice.

Laura concluded her MA studies with an exhibition of her final major project. Her final Masters project explored the relentlessness of time and our different perceptions / experiences of time explained through the use of metaphor. She chose a ‘universal’ experience, in this instance, reading as a conceptual metaphor. Through her series of outcomes, Laura hoped that the audience would reflect on their own experiences of time and how it has affected their lives. This project aimed to challenge the audience, whilst allowing them the freedom to subjectively interpret the outcomes. The range of work took into account traditional (printed pages) and contemporary (eReader / iPad) reading methods. As well as developing her creative process, this project also allowed Laura to develop skills in a variety of areas, such as, animation, digital publishing, 3D making, programming for Arduino and exhibition curation. 

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