Dion Star

Job title
Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design
01326 255330

Dion has a rich and varied background, including vast experience in music events management and consultancy and has worked as an independent designer and art director for 11 years. 

With a first-class masters degree in graphic design, Dion has great experience in the development and delivery of an idea. His work is research based, thoughtful and ideas led. A collaborative approach to his studio practice has enabled opportunities to work with film directors, sound designers, writers, poets, artists, photographers, illustrators, animators and musicians. The intersection of graphic design and other disciplines continues to play an important role in his work.

Recent and ongoing research projects include: 
The Marine Debris Typeface Project; a study of found local vernacular letterforms, part of an ongoing investigation info Type and Place. An investigation into understanding and developing new ways to document and communicate the design process. Plus, research surrounding acts of autobiographical, anonymous and generative reading and the craft of deciphering & translating signs. 

Dion has been teaching on the undergraduate award since 2011 and has also worked as part of the academic development team for new courses within the school. He continues to maintain his own professional practice, providing creative direction and design for communication and identity projects. 


YearQualificationAwarding body
MA Graphic Design
Falmouth University
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Falmouth University

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

The Life Graphic: Inquiry into the many diverse Signs of Life in the field of graphic design and visual culture. From experimental studies of the creative process and the science of idea generation, to analysis of the designer and the studio environment.

Acts of Reading & Writing: An interest in the concept that reading is an autobiographical, anonymous and generative act. Seeking new ways that we can play with/communicate the peculiar intimacy between the author and the reader. This research begins in 2015 and will be exploring additional themes relating to autobiography, appropriation, marginalia, scartafacci (the study of variants or drafts) authorship and the future of publishing. 

The Marine Debris Typeface Project: A study of found local vernacular letterforms and is part of an ongoing investigation info Type and Place. An attempt to subvert the relationship between production and waste, with the creation of a working font through the chance discovery of marine litter. The found type highlights the need to design out waste and calls for design to play a more integral role in the circular economy. The relationship between these found objects and their (our) environment is inseparable, yet if issues of their impact are to be communicated to a new audience, separation is exactly what is needed, a new approach reacting against the cliché of folk-art environmentalism. The twenty six letters work not only as a graphic notation of language, but also as a comment on the environmental challenge of disposable manufacturing. 

Research centre and group affiliations


Research topics

Graphic Design
Interactive experiences


Courses taught

BA(Hons) Graphic Design

Professional engagement