Mr James Brocklehurst
Profiles

Mr James Brocklehurst

Lecturer in Graphic Communication

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Role

James is programme leader and lecturer for BA(Hons) Graphic Communication With Typography. He has also lectured on the BA(Hons) Illustration and MA Publishing programmes. He is a practitioner and researcher within the field of interactive media design.

He is a member of the Message research cluster.

Teaching interests

James lectures on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the Communication Arts subject area. He is currently programme leader and stage 3 coordinator for BA(Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography. James' teaching centers on fostering an understanding of visual communication, within the context of both digital and 'traditional' practices.

He has experience of developing and managing course programmes for the Open University, the University of Brighton and Plymouth University, and has facilitated a number of student achievements, including prize winners for the D&AD New Blood Awards and Festival, the YCN Student Awards, the ISTD student assessment scheme and Computer Arts Magazine Graduate Showcase.

Student design projects that James has coordinated include those run in collaboration with House of Fraser, IBM, Skint Records, The Met Office, It's Nice That, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and the English Riviera Global Geopark.

Research interests

James' research investigates the impact of interactivity on visual communication within digital media platforms.

Main interests:

  • New methods for digital editorial design
  • A 'stratigraphic analysis' of visual interface design
  • The use of social media platforms as typographic storytelling media
He is an Internal Investigator for the EU Marie Curie ITN funded CogNovo doctoral network, for project 9 "Designing Playful Systems in Mixed Reality".

http://www.cognovo.eu

Other research

Creative practice & artistic projects

Recent projects include the interface design and development of iPhone apps The Cartographer's Confession (2017), Journeyer's Guidebook (2016), The Lost Index (2015), The Letters (2014), and Cold Case 1866 (2011), which use sensors built in to consumer smartphones to deliver immersive location-specific narratives. These have been produced in conjunction with researcher Emma Whittaker along with external organisations such as the Digital Cultures Research Centre Bristol, Dartington Hall Trust, Jubilee Library Brighton and the National Museum of Denmark.

In 2013 He collaborated with the poet Lytton Smith and BA(Hons) Illustration students to produce the illustrated Twitter poem The Repurposed Magical Tent

He also helped coordinate the Expanded Narrative Symposium in 2013.

More information about James' projects can be found here.

Research groups

  • Expanded Narrative
  • Message

  • Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2016)Locative Narrative: Creating Contexts for Supposition in Spatially Distributed Museums [Conference Paper] In Cheung, M. & Greenhall, M.(Ed.) Discovering Collection, Discovering Communities conference. Research Libraries UK & The National Archives.
  • Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2016) Journeyer's Guidebook: Exploring Comparative Locative Narrative Contexts for Supposition (No. of Pieces: 1) [iOS Application, Illustrated Book] In Boldon, A. (Ed.) Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts 2016 Conference. Brighton University.
  • Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2016). Museum Games and the Lost Index [Poster Presentation] In Fleur, S. (Ed.) Archivist as Interpreter Conference, British Library, London.
  • Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2015). The Lost Index: NATMUS (No. of Pieces: 1) [iOS Application]. In H. Schoenau-Fog, L. E. Bruni, S. Louchart, S. Baceviciute (Ed.) 8th International Conference of Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2015, National Museum of Denmark, Dieselhouse Museum, Copenhagen.
  • Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2014). The Lost Index: The Turning (No. of Pieces: 1) [iOS Application]. Plymouth International Book Festival 2014, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
  • Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2014). Playing With Perception: Locative Narrative and Sonic Virtual Locations. [Conference Paper] In A. Maragiannis (Ed.) Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts 2014 Conference. Greenwich University.
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2014). Designing Non-disruptive Visual Interfaces for Web and App Based Narratives. [Poster Presentation]. MADr Research Poster Event, Plymouth University.
  • Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2014). Locioscope – The Letters (No. of Pieces: 1) [iOS Application]. Tagore Festival 2014, Dartington Hall, Dartington.
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2013). Seen To Be Heard: Designing Visual Feedback in Locative Narrative Apps.[Conference Paper]. In E. Whittaker (Ed.), Expanded Narrative Symposium. Plymouth University.
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2012). Divisive or Connective: The Digital Boundary and Illustration. [Conference Paper]. In J. Davies (Ed.), Boundaries: Illustration-Practice-Research. Plymouth University.
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2012). Tap My Drawings: The State of Play in Illustrated Book Apps. [Article] Varoom! The Illustration Report, (19).
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2012, April 3). Repetitive Swipe Injury - Challenging Design Conventions Within Tablet Publishing. [Conference Paper] In L. Ridout & V. Squire (Eds.), 2nd Message Symposium: Against Orthodoxy - Why Publish?. Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University.
  • Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2011). ColdCase 1866 (No. of Pieces: 1) [iOS Application]. Totnes Elizabethan House Museum.
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2004). Spacio-Optics Suite (No. Of Pieces: 4) [Digital video/animation]. CiberArt Festival, Bilbao.
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2003). Wasteland (No. Of Pieces: 1) [Animation]. Displayed in various town center shop fronts, as part of 'Seeing by Wireless', Shot by the Sea Digital Film Festival, Hastings, East Sussex.
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2002). Teaching Art and Design Software in Higher Education. [Master's Thesis].
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2001). Lens. R. Jarman & J. Gerhardt (Eds.), (No. Of Pieces: 1). [DVD-Video/DVD-ROM]. Hi Fi Rise - Sonic Cities From Another Timeline: Semiconductor.
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2001). Seven Headed (No. Of Pieces: 5) [Painting, Digital Print]. Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex.
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2000). Golganooza (No. Of Pieces: 2) [Inkjet prints on watercolour paper, digitally manipulated video]. Brighton Media Centre Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Brocklehurst JR 2012 'Tap My Drawings: The State of Play in Illustrated Book Apps' Varoom! The Illustration Report (19)
Chapters
Brocklehurst JR 2013 'A Guide To iOS App Development For Web Designers' Designing Mobile Apps – Tips and Techniques Freiburg, Germany Smashing Media GmbH Publisher Site
Conference Papers
Brocklehurst J & Whittaker E 2016 'Locative Narrative: Creating Contexts for Supposition in Spatially Distributed Museums' Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2016 The Lowry, Salford, Manchester
Whittaker E & Brocklehurst JR 2014 'Playing With Perception: Locative Narrative and Sonic Virtual Locations' Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Greenwich University 31/08/2014 03/09/2014
Brocklehurst JR 2013 'Seen To Be Heard: Designing Visual Feedback in Locative Narrative Apps' Whittaker EL Expanded Narrative Symposium Plymouth University 01/11/2013 02/11/2013
Brocklehurst JR 2012 'Divisive or Connective: The Digital Boundary and Illustration' Davies J Boundaries: Illustration-Practice-Research Plymouth University 14/09/2012 15/09/2012
Brocklehurst JR 2012 'Repetitive Swipe Injury - Challenging Design Conventions Within Tablet Publishing' Ridout; Squire 2nd Message Symposium: Against Orthodoxy - Why Publish? Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University 03/04/2012 03/04/2012 Publisher Site PEARL
Exhibitions
0 Spacio-Optics Suite. CiberArt Festival, Bilbao 20040101 0 4
0 Wasteland. Displayed in various town center shop fronts, as part of 'Seeing by Wireless', Shot by the Sea Digital Film Festival, Hastings, East Sussex 20030101 0 1
0 Seven Headed. Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex 20010101 0 5
0 Golganooza. Brighton Media Centre Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex 20000101 0 2
Posters
Brocklehurst JR Brocklehurst JR 0 'Designing Non-disruptive Visual Interfaces for Web and App Based Narratives' 0 0
Brocklehurst JR & Whittaker E Brocklehurst JR & Whittaker E 0 'Museum Games and the Lost Index' 0 0 Author Site
Other Publications
Brocklehurst JR 2012 A Guide to iOS SDK for Web Designers. Smashing Magazine 0 0 Publisher Site
0 ColdCase 1866. Apple Inc. 0 0 Publisher Site
0 Journeyer's Guidebook. Apple 0 0 Publisher Site
Brocklehurst JR 0 Lens. Jarman R; Gerhardt J Hi Fi Rise - Sonic Cities From Another Timeline Semiconductor 0 0
0 Locioscope – The Letters. Apple Inc. 0 0 Publisher Site
Brocklehurst JR 0 Teaching Art and Design Software in Higher Education. 0 0
0 The Lost Index NATMUS. Apple 0 0 Publisher Site
0 The Lost Index No.1 – Landscape With Figures. Apple Inc. 0 0 Publisher Site
0 The Lost Index No.2 - The Turning. Apple Inc. 0 0 Publisher Site

Reports & invited lectures

  • Brocklehurst, J. (2014). Designing for Engagement in Interactive Storytelling. In Denham, S. (Chair) CogTalk - Immersive Worlds: Between Fact and Fiction. Public talk. Plymouth University.
  • Brocklehurst, J. (2012). New Formats and Illustration. Guest lecture. Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

Other academic activities

  • Peer reviewer for New Media Illustration (chapter), A History of Illustration, Edited by Doyle, S. Rhode Island School of Design and to be published by Bloomsbury/Fairchild.

Additional information

Between 1999-2004 James created experimental animated works that investigated the notion of a 'digital aesthetic'. His works were presented at the LUX Centre London, The Cyberart festival in Bilbao, broadcast on MTV2 and published on an internationally distributed Arts Council funded multimedia DVD produced by the artist group Semiconductor.

James has written articles on mobile app design and development for the popular online publication Smashing Magazine, provided 'web for business' mentoring for SMEs as part of an LSC funded 'Business Innovation' programme and delivered bespoke professional training courses on web design for graphic design agencies.

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