Creative Arts


Dr Rob Tovey

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Lecturer in Environmental Graphic Design

Dr Rob Tovey is a Lecturer in Environmental Graphic Design – principally working across information design and photography. He holds a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication, MA in Graphic Design and a PhD; his practice-led doctorate focused on photo-composites in the context of information design, mapping and the digital image. Rob has published widely and has worked on several funded research projects including designing the interface for a digital flight deck as part of the multi-million pound Open Flight Deck project. He has over a decade’s teaching experience, having been Course Director for the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme at Coventry University and Course Director for the BA (Hons) Creative Digital Media programme at the University of Worcester, as well as teaching at several other universities. Prior to becoming an academic Rob worked in design studios in London and the Midlands before setting up his studio, Show+Tell, with clients including Universal Music and Paul McCartney. He has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including The Searle Prize, Fresh Awards, D&AD, Digital Innovation Awards and the George Jackson Prize.


Rob delivers onto the first, second and final years of the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication and Illustration degree.

Rob’s research interests focus on experimental graphic visualisations and communication design within the context of space, place-making and memory. He is also very interested in Practice as Research (PaR) methodologies and visual-driven scholarship. His research has been published in books including 10 Must Reads: Contemporary Photography (2016), Post-Screen: Intermittence and Interference (2016), The Edge of Our Thinking (2012), The Reflexive Photographer (2015) and in Visual Communication (2018). He has given papers at numerous conferences, and is involved in several research projects, including most recently the Innovate UK funded Open Flight Deck project.