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Ms Bryony Quinn

Senior Lecturer

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

  • College of Arts, Technology and Innovation
    University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    University Way
    London, E16 2RD
    United Kingdom
    E16 2RD
  • +442082232440

    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


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    Most Recent Publication

    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


    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.


    Bryony Quinn is the Module Leader for Contextual Studies, BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

    Core Modules:

    VA4104 — Contextual Studies
    VA5104 — Contextual Studies
    VA6104 — Visual Cultures Research Project