Mr Mark James

Mr Mark James

Lecturer in Graphic Communication

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



Mark is Programme leader and lecturer on BA (Hons) Graphic Design with Typography, leading design research modules across all three years of the undergraduate programme. 

Co-editor of the Message: Graphic Communication Design Research journal, published by the University of Plymouth Press.
Message is an international peer-reviewed academic journal that consists of blind reviewed academic papers and occasional commissioned essays. It is dedicated to the development and discussion of contemporary and historical visual communication research, with a particular emphasis on Graphic Communication Design practice, outputs, artefacts and contexts.

He is also External Examiner on the Contextual Studies Programme at Ravensbourne University, London (since 2023). 


PG Cert Academic Practice University of the Arts London (2016)
MA Curating University of Sunderland (2008)
BA (Hons) Photography Film and Imaging Napier University, Edinburgh (2004)

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2016). 



Teaching interests

Fusing studio practice with theory
Graphic Design and society sustainability 



Research interests

Graphic Design Practice and Research
Modes of production and dissemination in Graphic Design
Cultural History and Theory
Independent publishing as artistic practice
Modes of curatorial display
Personal Epistemology as a creative process,
Popular Culture and cross-disciplinary research.

Creative practice & artistic projects

Designer at

Founder of the Library of Independent Exchange ( an ongoing library/project focusing on the dissemination of independent publishing, and how it functions as a resource.

 The core aims of the L.I.E are to develop discussions and exchange, exploring the processes of publishing, collaboration, and dissemination.

L.I.E has an ever-increasing permanent collection of works by contemporary independent art publishers and artists. Rather than presenting itself as a conventional Library, L.I.E aims to explore how resource functions and how it can be utilised; making its collection accessible to the public through the project’s curated programme of events and exhibitions.