Mrs Victoria Squire
Profiles

Mrs Victoria Squire

Lecturer in Graphic Design (Typography)

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

Role

Lecturer BA Hons Graphic Communication with Typography

Message Research Cluster Leader

www.messageresearch.net

Advisory tutor to selected students from all three years on the programme.

Qualifications

PGCE (Oxford Brooks University)

MA Communication Design (Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design)

BA Hons Graphic Design

Sign language stage one, 2002

Victoria has been teaching since 1995 and has taught in both higher education and further education at a number of institutions including North Oxfordshire College and School of Arts, UWE and Parnham College.

Victoria joined the University of Plymouth in 1997 as a 0.5 member of staff and became full time and course leader for BA Hons Design: Graphic Communication with Typography in 2002. In 2004 she took on the role as Subject Forum Chair Art & Design/Arts & Humanities, managing the partnership activities for the Faculty of Arts. In January 2008 she changed her role to a 0.5 member of staff and currently leads the Message research group.

Teaching interests

Current teaching interests include:

the exploration of the cross-overs between disciplines and approaches
typography 
bookworks
editorial design
studio based learning environments
students learning styles

Victoria was a member of the UPC HELP CETL management committee which viewed and approved applications for CETL Fellows and CPD awards. The Art & Design South West Subject Forum had five major learning and teaching research projects in progress within the HELP CETL. These projects were identified as being of significant importance within the forum and key academics with interests in these areas took this research forward into smaller communities of practice.

Staff serving as external examiners

External examiner: BA Hons Creative Industries, Southampton Institute (2005-2008)

Research interests

Victoria's visual practice seeks to contextualize herself in relation to her environment and beyond, both physically and spiritually. Through reflective and contemplative working methodologies she seeks to explore the cross-overs between disciplines and approaches, creating innovative working methods and outputs.

The practice manifests itself through a wide variety of outputs such as typographic, book-works, photographic, installation, collection, and animation.

Re-current subjects/themes

Spirituality, contemplation, identity, selflessness, serving others, reality, being at peace, finding oneself, finding silence, faith, looking outwards, looking inwards, the big picture the small picture, the great divide, the light

Space, wilderness, landscape, coast, freedom, adventure, risk, escape, play, isolation

Collections, categorising, archiving, lists, mapping, organising, sequencing, control, time

Words, notations

Current research

‘Voices in ‘rich space’ (working title) isa collaborative project proposal (in draft) arriving from Victoria's continued research into space, silence and time. Victoria and her collaborators will seek to work with a targeted audience group. The project is specifically designed to draw audiences from underrepresented targeted group/s to Exmoor National Park to engage in the natural environment and health and wellbeing.

Victoria's visual communication background aims to collaboratively design and deliver a social marketing/audience development performance or ‘happening’, through determining a personal/group visual response to the landscape to assist with the facilitation of the recovery of mental/physical health and wellbeing.

Within this collaboration, Victoria aims to explore the interstices between visual communication design and other arts practices and investigate the role of visual communication design and what it can bring to such a project.

Other research

spaces that speak

Working specifically with traditionally non-printable elements - spacing and furniture, spaces that speak, through its unfolding narrative, reveals and explores the concepts of space and time within the letterpress printing process. It reflects the unique and traditional characteristics of letterpress, in particular the physicality of space within the process and the setting. The time intensity of this process where; planning, reflection, opportunity for risk taking, experimentation and chance happenings are explored and enjoyed.

Whilst the work points reference to traditional letterpress, it shifts deeply established conventions about the purpose and hints towards the future of letterpress through an experimental animated piece of practice and research.

PEER REVIEWER November 2014: 11th International European Academy of Design Conference (April 2015, Paris) 'The Value of Design Research'.
Track 18: Design and public policy - social design - The value of design research for societal change and behavioural change.

CONFERENCE ABSTRACT May 2014: 1st International Symposium: Speed, Silence and Solitude, INAA Toronto, Canada.
Abstract accepted entitled 'Letterpress and the soul': space, solitude, time, silence and a narrative.


Research groups

  • Message

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Squire V 2011 'Journey to stillness' Varoom
Squire V 2001 'The book as a vehicle for creativity; cross pollination of graphic design' Association of Illustrators
Reviews
Squire V 2005 'Review of book 'How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul' by Adrian Shaughnessy' Association of Illustrators
Squire V 2001 'Review of book 'Becoming Designers: education & influence'' Association of Illustrators
Books
Squire V, Willberg HP & Forssman F 2007 Getting it Right with Type. UK/USA Laurence King Publishers
Internet Publications
Squire V 0 'Website submission: 'Allegory', 'Interstice', 'Journey to stillness', 'Motherhood and the mundane', 'Reverie', 'Silence', 'Void''
Reports
Squire V 2003 Review of book 'Type and Typography' by Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam. Laurence King Publishers Ltd. London
Squire V 0 Review of book 'Designing Type, by Karen Cheng. Laurence King Publishers Ltd. London June 2005
Designs
Squire V 2008 Hollerday.
Squire V 2008 Inhale and Hold.
Exhibitions
Squire V 0 Text + image = messagen. Crosspoint, Plymouth University 20110301 0 1
Squire V 0 Motherhood and the mundane. Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University 20090401 0 1
Squire V 0 Hollerday. Hollerday Hill, Lynton, Devon, UK 20080601 0 4
Squire V 0 Journey. Swansea UK 20070101 0 1
Squire V 0 The voice of McCleash. Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex 19990101 0 one
Squire V 0 Void. Newport, Wales, UK 0 0 1
Other Publications
Squire V 0 Exhibition catalogue for 'Allegory', 'Interstice', 'Journey to stillness', 'Motherhood and the mundane', 'Reverie', 'Silence', 'Void'. University of Wales, UK University of Wales, UK Newport, Wales, UK 0 0

Other academic activities

Conferences organised:

Designing critical messages
Message research symposium, Plymouth University, June 2013

Against Orthodoxy: Why Publish?

Message research symposium, Plymouth University, April 2012

Text + image = messagen
Message research symposium, Plymouth University, April 2011

Guest speaker Alan Baines, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Discussing VLE's in Art & Design. Art & Design South West Education Partnership, October 2005, Plymouth

'Assessment/embedding PDP' Art & Design South West Education Partnership, June 2005 Dartington

‘Developing the forum’ Art & Design South West Education Partnership, June 2004 St. Olaves, Exeter.


Approval/validation events:

FdA Communication & Media Arts, North Devon College, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), May 2006

FdA Digital Visualisation, Truro College, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), April 2006

FdA Music Performance, North Devon College, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), April 2006

FdA Performance Production, Exeter College, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), stage one only 2006

FdA Video Production, Exeter College, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), stage one only 2006

FdA Action Photography, Truro College, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), stage one only 2006

FdA Media Advertising, Truro College, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), May 2006

FdA Graphic Design & Multimedia, City of Bristol College, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), May 2006

FdA Graphic Design & Multimedia, Weymouth College, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), May 2006

FdA Spatial Design, Plymouth College of Art & Design, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), July 2004

FdACAD Visualisation/FdSc CAD Technologies, City of Bristol College,external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design) May 2004

FdA Silversmithing & Jewellery, Truro College, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), April 2004

FdA Fashion, Plymouth College of Art & Design, external academic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), April 2004

FdAIllustration, FdA Ceramics, FdA Fine Art, North Devon College, externalacademic (Subject Forum Chair Art & Design), March 2004

BA Hons Creative Industries validation, Southampton Institute, external academic, January 2004

BA Hons Digital Art & Design validation, University of Plymouth, 2002


Additional information

Partner, Buoy Creative

Vice Chair/Foundation Governor for West Exmoor Federation
(Lynton C of E School, Parracombe C of E school, Kentisbury School)

Lead Governor and chair - Ethos and Community Cohesion committee
Vice Chair - Federation Improvement Committee

Links

www.buoycreative.co.uk