Barbara RidleyBA(Hons),  (Acting Head of Department)
Barbara Ridley is the Deputy Head, School of Design and currently Acting Head of Communication Design.

Andy Stark / Photography, BA(Hons) (Lecturer)
Andy Stark leads the Photography course within Communication Design.

Moira Dancer / Year 2, BA (Hons) Pg Dip ( Lecturer )
Moira Dancer is a graphic designer who teaches on the Communication Design course at Glasgow School of Art. She is interested in cognitive aspects of the design process, and the interplay of visual and verbal perceptual processes in creative thinking.

Brian Cairns  / BA(Hons) PgDip PgCert FHEA (Postgraduate Programme Leader / Senior Lecturer)
Brian Cairns is the principal of Brian Cairns Studio and lectures on the undergraduate illustration and masters courses. Brian has over 25 years experience as a design practitioner for global clients including Ridley Scott Associates, United Airlines, IDEO, Hyatt, The New York Times, BBC, Channel 4, Hewlett Packard (HP), HermanMiller, The George Lucas Foundation, and Nike.

Brian’s work is featured in many international awards annuals and publications on communication design including Handwritten, 100 Illustrators, and Typographic Sketchbooks. Awards include a ‘Gold’ medal from the Society of Illustrators of  New York. Brian writes for design journals, including 3×3, DART, and Varoom. In 2010 he was foreman of the illustration jury for the Design & Art Direction Annual and recently presented at the ICON8 Conference in Portland, July 2014.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has represented GSA on the Adobe program Partners by Design for 6 years (2004 – 2010).

Steve Rigley / Graphics, BA(Hons), MA (Lecturer)
Steve Rigley leads the graphics course in Communication Design. He graduated with BA at Nottingham Trent University and  MA at Sheffield Hallam University. He has worked for a number of UK based design studios, has taught in the USA, China and India, and writes regularly, maintaining research interests in cross-cultural design and typography. His active graphic design practice is focussed upon print-based work for clients in the cultural sector.

Marc Baines BA(Hons) MPhil, (Lecturer)
Marc Baines is an illustrator and publisher of graphic novels from his press Kingly Books. He actively pursues his interests in music culture and graphic novels participating in and hosting events in Glasgow.

Michael Dancer / Year 1, BA (Hons), PG Dip (Lecturer)
Michael Dancer is graphic designer, based in Glasgow. His work includes brand identities, editorial design, exhibitions, corporate literature, signage, packaging and websites. With 23 years of experience in communication design working with leading agencies in New York, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Michael has taught as a Visiting Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art and the Edinburgh College of Art since 1992, prior to joining the Communication Design staff at GSA in 2009. 

Emma Keogh / BA(Hons), (Lecturer)
Emma has extensive knowledge as a graphic design practitioner. Emma teaches in Year 1 and Graphics.

Jo Petty / BA(Hons) PgDip PgCert FHEA, (Lecturer)
Jo has worked at Glasgow School of Art over ten years. She has taught Graphic Design at level 3 and 4 for that time and has recently changed to teach both level one and two. After graduation she worked as a Graphic designer before moving into teaching and has since completed post-graduate studies in ceramics and in Higher Education. She maintains interests in typography, material exploration and drawing.

Neil McGuire / BA(Hons) PgCert, (Lecturer)
Neil is a part-time lecturer in Communication Design, and runs his own practise, After the News, established in 2004. It works for a range of clients including the cultural and public sector, and undertakes self initiated and collaborative projects.

Susan Roan /BA(Hons) MA RCA PgCert, (Lecturer)
Susan Roan studied illustration at Glasgow and an MA at the RCA. Susan now exhibits her personal work and teaches on the undergraduate and masters courses in Communication Design.

Elise V. Allan / PgDip PgCert (Lecturer)
Elise studied painting and teaches in Year 2 and is a superviser on the Masters course.

Kimberley O’Neil BA(Hons) MA (RCA), (Lecturer)
Kimberley is an artist and film-maker.

Her recent exhibitions include The Great Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, (2007) and Grey Matter, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, (2009).

Her practice spans film & video, sound and drawing. O’Neill says, ‘My work looks at the human desire to relate to the other, examining the individual within personal relationships, in social contexts and interacting with their environment. My video works and drawings focus on the body, and the space it inhabits, in moments of transformation and spectacle. Depicting individuals declaring themselves autonomous from society.’

Edwin Pickstone / BA(Hons), (Technician)
Edwin graduated from the Communication Design course at Glasgow in 2005 and decided to stay to continue his role as Technician & Artists in Residence working with students in the caseroom on letterpress and other print based projects. He is an advocate of letterpress as an experimental as well a traditional medium to explore. His work has been featured in Eye, Grafix, Ultrabold, and Bypass magazine. He has given lectures at St.Brides, London and exhibited in London, Philadelphia, Belfast & Glasgow.

Ben Rush BFA, MFA (Photography Technician)
Benjamin Orion Rush is a visual artist, educator, and sometimes curator and writer. He was born in Concord, NH, USA, and studied Drawing at the Art Institute of Boston before earning his BFA in Photography with honors from the Savannah College of Art & Design. In 2009 he earned an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland where he currently lives and works.

My work as an artist has dual pathways. I work as a large format photographer seeking out projects that discuss man’s impact and interaction with place and landscape. This includes photographic series of Post-Katrina New Orleans, Maine, and Mississippi. My second line of research (also largely-lens based) explores the relationship between image, transmission, and the effects of various media on cultural memory. My most recent project, Seeking Tranquility uses as a point of departure a brief 1971, exhibition of the Apollo 10 space craft as it appeared at Glasgow’s Tramway Museum. The site specific installation includes elements digital imaging, interactive computer programming, short-range radio broadcast and sculpture.

Much of my recent fieldwork is deeply concerned with how ideas shift their meaning through mediation, and the construction of that mediated experience. From this comes my interest in our desire to communicate and how information and meaning is lost or changed along the way. The work has examined the tautology of fandom, the omniscience of global networked cameras, and the construction of global media event.


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