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Justin Burns

About Justin Burns

Previously, Course Leader and Level 6 Coordinator of the BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design at Leeds Beckett University. Justin was a Senior Teaching Fellow and Graphic Design Pathway Leader of the BA (Hons) Graphic Arts course at Winchester School of Art, (University of Southampton). Currently, External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Graphic Design program at Middlesex University, also an External Advisor for the Academic Approval of the Periodic Programme Review of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at The University of Salford.

Justin has an Art & Design portfolio of practice comprising of national and international projects, within varying industry sectors, including cultural arts organisations, tourism, local authorities and individual practitioners.

Justin is a committee member of the Graphic Design Educators’ Network (GDEN), working for the advancement of education in Graphic Design. As part of the committee Justin presented the manifesto for GDEN at The Group for Learning in Art and Design (GLAD) conference, in 2015. A subsequent paper was written and published in the Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education (ADCHE) Journal. He recently presented a paper: Blurred Boundaries – the value of studio-based learning environments within Graphic Design education, at the GDEN annual conference at Cardiff Metropolitan University. This paper explores the relevance of collaborative teaching and learning environments in Graphic Design.

Current Teaching

  • BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • MA Art & Design

Research Interests

The connection between practice, theory and teaching & learning strategic development is fundamental to Justin’s research. Justin’s recent work has explored the identity of urban and rural environments through language and graphic communication. Magnetic Fields is a research project exploring the vision of Ebenezer Howard, whose book 'Garden Cities of To-morrow', outlined social and urban reform proposals. The document, published in 1902, offered a utopian manifesto where towns would be free of slums and poverty, with residents having an opportunity to enjoy rural and urban benefits through the designed Garden Cities. The work visually translates the design of communities, interpreting the diagrammatic graphic language of the plans outlined by Howard. This work formed a solo exhibition at South Square Gallery, Bradford.

His on-going work is currently focusing on the role and identity of typographic communication within British seaside towns. Exploring the cultural identity of the resorts analysed, and how graphic design can assist in sustaining a viable economy and play an integral part in regeneration, where required.

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