Bryony Quinn

Graphic Design

, School of Arts and Creative Industries

Bryony Quinn is a writer, editor and Contextual Studies Module Leader and Lecturer on BA Graphic Design.

Areas Of Interest

  • Figurative and spatial obliquity in design, art, architecture, literature and cinema
  • The history and practice of handwriting and proto-writing in Western cultures
  • Monograms, insignias and hallmarks
  • Etymologies and vocabularies of design
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Her writing and research focuses on figurative and spatial obliquity - things that lean, slopes, diagonals, digressions, etc - and she has presented her essays at the Turner Contemporary museum, Frieze Art Fair and the Royal College of Art, as well as conference presentations at the Graphic Design Educators Network in London and Illustration Research symposium in Cambridge. In 2018, in collaboration with Peter Nencini, Quinn created a series of typographic installations across Croydon for the Fungus Press residency at Turf Projects.  

Quinn has worked with various art, literary and design institutes including Fitzcarraldo Editions, Studio Frith, Cabinet Magazine, Artangel, Liverpool Biennial, Barbican Gallery and It's Nice That. Presently she lectures and leads research seminars on postgraduate design research on MA Graphic and Media Design at the London College of Communication and is a dissertation supervisor at Camberwell College of Arts. 

She holds an MA in Critical Writing in Art & Design from the RCA, where she was a recipient of the annual critical writing prize, editor of Arc (the RCA journal), art director of Albertopolis, a book on the South Kensington area, and co-organiser of a conference on the life and work of John Berger.


Most Recent Research

  • November 2018 - 'Writing & Writing Patterns', a conference paper presentation, Illustration Research symposium 'Decriminalising Ornament', John Ruskin University, Cambridge 
  • June/July 2018 - 'Bevels, Bypasses', typographic installations across sites in collaboration with Peter Nencini, Fungus Press residency, Turf Projects, Croydon, London

Previous Research

  • November 2017 - 'Exquisite Punctuation', a paper presentation for Hidden Women in Design, London 
  • March 2017 - 'Meaning Shifting: Metaphor and Design', keynote conference presentation for the Graphic Design Educators Network conference 'With a Shift, Simultaneous Realities Collide', London College of Communication, London
  • December 2015 - 'Digression', symposium keynote presentation for MA Graphic and Media Design 'In the Age of' symposium at the London College of Communication, London 
  • October 2015 - 'Laughing about Falling and then Falling about Laughing', a talk on diagonals and visual pratfalls at the Frieze Art Fair Reading Rooms with Cabinet Magazine, London 
  • June 2015 - 'Oblique/Oblike', graduate symposium speaker for MA Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art, London 
  • February 2015 - 'G A P S', a talk about architectural lacuna at the Turner Contemporary Museum, Margate


Most Recent Publications

  • 2019: Co-editor, Bricks from the Kiln #4 (pending publication)
  • 2019: 'A Sign of Something', essay, Bricks from the Kiln #4 (pending publication)
  • 2019: 'Refuge', essay, Failed States #3 (pending publication)
  • 2019: 'Slippage, Slopes', essay, Limner Journal #4 (pending publication)

Previous Publication

  • 2018: 'Cutteslowe Walls', essay, Failed States #2
  • 2018: 'A Typographic Chronicle of Stops & Starts', essay, Bricks From the Kiln #3
  • 2018: Editorial advisor and founder of A Line Which Forms a Volume at London College of Communication
  • 2017: 'Micronesian Stick Charts', essay, Failed States #1    
  • 2016: 'The Hand in Hand', essay, SALT. Magazine
  • 2015: 'Oblique/Oblike', writing & research project, Royal College of Art
  • 2015: 'Albertopolis', book essay, Albertopolis Companion
  • 2015: 'G a p s', essay, Turner Contemporary, David Chipperfield Architects, RCA
  • 2014: 'Cadence' - essay, 'accent' issue, Arc Magazine
  • 2013: 'Interview with Nelly Ben Hayoun', interview and article, Riposte Magazine #1    
  • 2013: 'The Last Pictures: Trevor Paglen', interview and article, Nowness



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  • VA4104 - Contextual Studies
  • VA5104 - Contextual Studies
  • VA6104 - Visual Cultures Research Project