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Johnny Jie Xu

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Research Associate

Johnny has 18 years of industrial experience as a practitioner, having worked in multidisciplinary and multicultural environments in the countries. He received his first degree in Graphic Communication from the School of the Arts, Loughborough University (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore) in 2009. After working in the creative industries in Singapore for many years, Johnny pursued a career in academia and soon after was awarded a Master’s Degree in 2D & 3D Visualisation from the School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University in 2015. Soon afterwards, he became a PhD candidate at the school and recently submitted his thesis on ‘Colour Identity as Place Identity: A Case Study of Leicester’. He believes that rather than being subordinate to the requirements of urban design and planning, colour thinking can be understood as part of design thinking. He regularly teaches undergraduate students of Graphic Communication and Illustration in the School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University.

Johnny’s research interests are in colour research, urban study, and environmental graphic design. Since 2016, he has started been collaborating with academics at the College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, in research and teaching. Research-funded projects include:

  • Product Colour Analysis in Industrial Design of Shanghai: Case study of radios (1949-1980). Funding source: Four Beacons in Design Research Fundings, China. Awarded: ¥ 100,000
  • Colour Cultural Research: Comparison Case Study in Commodity Colour Between China and UK. Funding source: Central Academic Foundation Research Grant, China. Awarded: ¥ 100,000

Currently he is working as Research Associate on the AHRC-funded ‘Repositioning Graphic Heritage’ project (£250,000), in collaboration with researchers at Tongji University. The project explores the way graphic objects facilitate the heritage experience in Shanghai. This complements and synthesises other research themes that include: the definition and understanding of graphic spaces in urban spaces; archival practice and its potential for establishing a taxonomy of urban graphic objects in digital repository. See: Loughborough Urban Graphic Object Archive.

  • Xu, J., & Zhang, X. Q., 2018. Product Colour Analysis in Industrial Design of Shanghai: Case study of radios (1949-1980). Art and Design (Theory), 2018(6). (in Chinese).
  • Xu, J. and Zhang, X. Q., 2017. Colour Culture: An Introduction. Proceeding of International of Colour Association 2017 Interim Meeting. Jeju: AIC.
  • Xu, J., 2017. Colour Identity of place: Case study of Narborough Road, Leicester, UK. In: Schindler, V. M., and Griber, Y.A., eds. Environmental Colour Design: Theory and Practice. Smolensk: Smolensk State University Press.
  • Xu, J., 2017. Notes on Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Local Colour Identity. Journal of the International Colour Association. Vol. 19. 4-14.
  • Xu, J., 2016. Urban Colour Identity As Representation: A Semiotic Approach. Proceeding of International of Colour Association 2016 Interim Meeting. Santiago: AIC.
  • Xu, J., 2016. Local Colour Identities: A Literature Review of Urban Environmental Colour. Proceeding of Progress in Colour Studies 2016. London: PICS.
  • Xu, J., 2016. Perception of Colour Identity: A Literature Review of Urban Environmental Colour. Proceeding of the Third Conference of Asia Color Association. Changshu: ACA.
  • Xu, J., 2015. Five Colours: The Study of Chinese Traditional Colour. Proceeding of International of Colour Association 2015 Interim Meeting. Tokyo: AIC.