Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design

Ashley is a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design within the School of Communication at Falmouth University, he has worked as a designer and academic for over 26 years and he currently teaches across all three years on the degree course. He is also the External Examiner on the FdA Graphic Design course at Exeter School of Art, in addition to this, he is the Falmouth University Link Tutor at Bodmin College on the FdA and BA (Hons) Digital Media course.

Previous academic roles have included; Course Leader, Year Head, Module Leader, Associate Lecturer and Visiting Lecturer at; Oxford Brookes University, Wimbledon School of Art, City & Guilds of London Art School, South East Essex College, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design, Germany. Ashley has also delivered lectures at Bath University (CDAS, Centre for Death and Society) and at Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto.

Ashley is one half of MOTH, which is a collaborative research project, which investigates the skills and contributions, communication designers can make to death studies and end of life experiences. MOTH has worked across a number of applied projects with a broad range of partners and practitioners; (academics, medics, artists, experience designers, historians, philosophers, sociologists, curators, writers and students). Moth has focused on both design practice within pedagogy as well as applied innovation of products and events. It aims to challenge attitudes, conventions and context surrounding death and dying.

External Links

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Contact details

Qualifications

Qualifications

Year Qualification Awarding body
2007 Post Graduate Certificate in Education PCET (FENTO) University Of Greenwich
1995 BA(Hons) Graphic Design Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Honors and awards

Year Description
2013

Red Dot Design Award, Communication Design: Editorial & Corporate Publishing / Book

2013

Red Dot Design Award, Best of the Best

2013

Type Directors Club New York, Certificate of Typographic Excellence at the 59th Annual TDC Communication Design Competition

2013

Finalist at the European Design Awards

2013

Commended at the Art Directors Club for Germany

2013

Shortlisted at the Design Week Awards

Membership of external committees

External Examiner at Exeter School of Art (FdA Graphic Design)

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

MOTH: Design and Death projects provide platforms for creative exchange and contribution, they investigate how design process and practice can equip us to talk about death with greater confidence, giving us the courage to see death as being something we can learn from rather than fear. Projects examine our personal and social relationships with grief and bereavement and what we believe might happen when the one inevitable event we plan for the least comes to visit.

  • Opening windows for meaningful conversation, communication and connection.
  • Promoting a sense of well-being, reduced anxiety (through empowerment).
  • Creating a sense of achievement and legacy.
  • Facilitating a place for creative exchange and contribution.
  • Advocacy for mourning. Acceptance of sadness is a natural and necessary part of a maturing process, reducing stress, anxiety and depression in the surviving relatives.
  • Recognising that the purpose of grief is not to move on without those ones who have died, but to find a secure place for them and that recounting the life of the deceased is not just a secular alternative to religious ritual, but a social-psychological necessity.

Research Topics

  • Design for Life & Death
  • End of Life
  • Graphic communication
  • Grief & Mourning
  • Memento Mori
  • Memory & Legacy

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, Death Positive Library, Diane James the Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service and Julie-Marie Strange, Professor of Modern British History Durham University, (2021), How to cope with the grief and loss of a pet, In: How to cope with the grief and loss of a pet, 12 October 2021, Online event
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, Dr Julie-Marie Strange Professor of Modern British History Durham University, Diane James (Blue Cross) - Supporting the bereaved pet owner, Zoe Belshaw (PDSA) - Euthanasia and pet bereavement from a veterinary perspective, Nikki Salkeld & Ashley Rudolph (MOTH design collective, Falmouth University) - Saying Goodbye to Dr Tinkle: Helping Children Navigate Pet Bereavement, Kevin Spurgeon (Dignity Pet Crematorium) - Practice and Perception: Pet Remains and Memorialisation and Rowenna Baldwin - Award winning director of film 'Goodnight Friend', (2020), The Goodbye Box and story/advice book, ‘Saying Goodbye to Dr Tinkle’ has been developed by MOTH as an aid to help children and adults cope with bereavement., In: When Pets Pass On, 9 September 2020, Online, (Unpublished)
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, Dr Julie-Marie Strange Professor of Modern British History Durham University, Dian James Blue Cross, Rowenna Baldwin Film Maker, Diane James Blue Cross, Kevin Spurgeon (Dignity Pet Crematorium) and Zoe Belshaw (VET PDSA), (2020), When Pets Pass On: Sharing Good Practice in Pet Bereavement by Blue Cross, In: When Pets Pass On: Sharing Good Practice in Pet Bereavement, 9 Sept 2020, online
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2020), Dying.dialogues Jan 24 - Jan 25 2020 ‘Dying.dialogues’ is a symposium on design for end-of-life with collaborators from the Health Design Studio at OCADU Toronto and Taboo Health., In: Dying Dialogues & Design TO Festival, 24.01.20-26 01.20, Health Design & Faculty of Design OCAD UNIVERSITY 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada M5T 1W1 www.ocadu.ca, pp. 1-16, (Unpublished), Item availability may be restricted.
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2018), Good Grief: Collections, Classification & Curation. Ars Moriendi: The Art of Dying (well)& Magical Thinking., In: DaCNet Death and Culture II conference, 06-07 Sept 2018, SOCD Falmouth University, (Unpublished)
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, Dr Mark Taubert Dr. Mark Taubert Clinical Director/Consultant in Palliative Medicine Velindre NHS Trust, Cardiff,, Ben James Jotta Design and Anna Kiernan Senior Lecturer in Writing Falmouth University, (2017), Moth Project: Four Deadlines & a Dinner/TALKCPR Bevan Commission Annual Conference 2017/18, In: Moth Project: Four Deadlines & a Dinner/TALKCPR Bevan Commission Annual Conference 2017/18, 14 09 17, Falmouth University
  • Star, Dion, Neal, Andy and Rudolph, Ashley

    (2016), [STÖRUNG] – Workshop & Public Lecture on Disruption & Design Process @ Werkwoche: International Design Week, Augsburg., University of Applied Sciences Augsburg. Faculty of Design. Friedberger Str. 2. 86161 Augsburg, Germany.
  • Star, Dion, Neal, Andy and Rudolph, Ashley

    (2016), Werkwoche International Design Week 2016, In: [STÖRUNG] – Disruption / Design / Process, 14 - 18 November 2016, Augsburg, Germany Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, (Unpublished)
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2015), One day symposium Graphic Designers Research, In: One day symposium Graphic Designers Research, Nov 2015, Falmouth University
  • Jenkins, Jessica and The School of Communication Design

    (2015), One day symposium Graphic Designers Research, In: One day symposium Graphic Designers Research, 20th November 2015, Falmouth University
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2015), CDAS Conference 2015: Death and its Futures: • envision 21st century futures of death, dying and bereavement, e.g. predicted trends, scenarios to be avoided, future living and dying that we and our descendants can embrace • radically re-think end-of-life policies and practices • set out future research agendas • showcase innovative research, teaching, practice, or public engagement, In: Death and its Futures, May 2015, Bath University
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2015), CDAS Conference 2015: Death and its Futures:, In: Death and its Futures, 05-06 June 2015, Bath University, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2014), Type Workshop 2: UnDead Type, In: Type Workshop 2: UnDead Type, 14 March 2014, Falmouth University
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2013), 'Malady and Mortality' Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture, In: 'Malady and Mortality' Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne UK, pp. 229-244, ISBN: 978-1-4438-9010-6
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2013), Malady and Mortality: Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture, In: Malady & Mortality, 19 Sept 2013, Falmouth University, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2021), Moth: Design for Life & Death: The Goodbye Box and Saying Goodbye to Mr Jim, In: Dark Economies - Anxious Futures, Fearful Pasts. Falmouth University, 21st – 23rd July 2021, 21-23 July 2021, Falmouth University
  • Rudolph, Ashley

    Salkeld, Nicola, (2020), MOTH: Death and Design
  • Whelan, Gregg and Tuukkanen, Johanna Tuukkanen

    (2019), ANTI Contemporary Art Festival 2019: Death, In: ANTI Contemporary Arts Festival 2019: Death, 10-15/09/2019, Kuopio, Finland
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2019), In The Face of Death / The Art of Dying. ANTI International Contemporary Art Festival Kuopio, Finland., In: ANTI International Contemporary Art Festival. In The Face of Death, Sept 2019 10-15th, Kuopio, Finland.
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2017), STUFF, In: STUFF Moth, 30 Jan 2017 (on going), Falmouth University, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, Willow, Lucy and Falmouth Art Gallery, (2014), Memento Mori, In: Memento Mori, 15 May 2015, Falmouth Art Gallery
  • Rudolph, Ashley

    Salkeld, Nicola and Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2016), Design of Death, In: Malady and Mortality' Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne UK, pp. 229-244, ISBN: 978-1-4438-9010-6
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2016), MOTH
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, Bufler, Stefan, Wörgötter, Michael, Graphic Design, The School of Communication, Falmouth University, Corporate Branding and Identity Design, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences and Typographic Design, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, (2016), In The Face of Death, In: In the Face of Death - Exhibition, December 2015 - February 2016, School of Communication Design, Falmouth University
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, orporate Branding and Identity Design Augsburg University of Applied Sciences and Typographic Design, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, (2015), In The Face of Death, In: In The Face of Death, 08 Jan 2016, Falmouth University
  • Salkeld, Nicola

    Rudolph, Ashley, (2016), MOTH Talks: In the Face of Death, In: MOTH Talks, 8th January 2016, Falmouth University
  • Jenkins, Jessica

    (2015), Graphic Designers Research | Falmouth University | Nov 20th 2015. Concept and Curation: Dr. Jessica Jenkins, Falmouth University, School of Communication.

Events

2020

The Pet Loss Network Lecture

When Pets Pass On: Sharing Good Practice in Pet Bereavement by Blue Cross Animal Charity & Centre for Death and Life Studies,Durham University

Events

2020

MOTH Keynote Lecture

'Dying.dialogues' A Symposium on design for end-of-life with collaborators from the Health Design Studio at OCADU (Dr. Sellen, Canada Research Chair in Health Design, OCAD U), and Taboo Health. As part of Toronto's DesignTo festival 2020

Events

2019

ANTI

International Contemporary Art Festival Kuopio, Finland. http://antifestival.com/ MOTH PROJECT

Events

2019

Paper. The 14th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying, and Disposal. (DDD14) CDAS, University of Bath International Conference

Events

2018

NHS @ 70. The Hearth Gallery, Exhibition, University Hospital Llandough. Penlan Road, Llandough.

Events

2018

Paper. Death & Culture II. DaCNet, University of York. Conference paper.

Events

2017

MOTH STUFF: A series of Collections (30 Exhibitors): Objects and artefacts as triggers for hidden memory, micro/macro, parts and whole, constructing and de-constructing, a passion for 'rejects' and fragments. SOCD Falmouth University.

Events

2017

STUFF - A Novel in 25 Words. SOCD Falmouth University.

Events

2016

Malady and Mortality: Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture
Book Chapter - Death & Design, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Events

2016

Delivered a four day workshop and lecture with Dion Star & Andy Neal at the Werkwoche: International Design Week, Faculty of Design, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Events

2016

In The Face of Death. MOTH Symposium
- Dr Stephen Cave Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. University of Cambridge.
- Dr Tony Walter. Professor of Death Studies / Director of University of Baths Centre for Death & Society.
- Joe Macleod. Closure Experience designer.
- Lucy Willow Artist and SL Fine Art Falmouth University. Founder of Café Morte.
- Mercedes Kemp Associate Director of Community and Research for WildWorks, Theatre. SL Critical and Cultural studies.

Events

2015

Paper. Graphic Designers Research Symposium. Falmouth University
SOCD- Design Research practice: spanning theory, practice, history and the profession.
- Moth: Ashley Rudolph & Nicola Salkeld
- Dr Rathna Ramanathan Head of Communication Design RCA
- Jeremy Aynsley Professor of Design History Brighton
- Craig Oldham Designer and Writer
- Dr. Rebecca Ross. Profession. Course Leader, MA Graphic Communication Design CSM. UAL
- John L. Walters. Eye editor / co-owner
- Alice Twemlow, Design critic, historian and founding chair of the Department of Design Research, Writing & Criticism at the SVA (School of Visual Arts) in New York.

Events

2015

Paper. Death and Its Futures. University of Bath CDAS. Conference Paper.

Events

2014

Memento Mori: Remember That You Are Mortal, Falmouth Art Gallery. Discourse around death and dying and end of life matters.

Events

2013

Paper. Malady & Mortality Conference, Falmouth University. Conference paper - Design of Death.

Teaching

Areas of teaching

  • Graphic Design
  • Typography

Courses taught

  • Graphic Design BA(Hons)
  • Communication Design MA