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

Book Section

Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 and Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X (2016) Design of Death. In: Malady and Mortality' Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture. Language and Literature . Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne UK, pp. 229-244. ISBN 978-1-4438-9010-6
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Conference or Workshop Item

Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (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.
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (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) Item not available from this repository.

Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (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.
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (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, OCAD UNIVERSITY 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada M5T 1W1 www.ocadu.ca. (Unpublished) Item availability may be restricted.
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (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, University of York. (Unpublished)
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (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, Swansea.
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Star, Dion, Neal, Andy and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2016) [STÖRUNG] – Workshop & Public Lecture on Disruption & Design Process @ Werkwoche: International Design Week, Augsburg. In: Werkwoche International Design Week, University of Applied Sciences Augsburg. Faculty of Design. Friedberger Str. 2. 86161 Augsburg, Germany..
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Star, Dion, Neal, Andy and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2016) Werkwoche International Design Week 2016. In: [STÖRUNG] – Disruption / Design / Process, 14 - 18 November 2016, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. (Unpublished)
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2015) One day symposium Graphic Designers Research. In: One day symposium Graphic Designers Research, Nov 2015, Falmouth University.
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Jenkins, Jessica ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2295-5871 (2015) One day symposium Graphic Designers Research. In: One day symposium Graphic Designers Research, 20th November 2015, Falmouth University. (In Press)

Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (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.
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2015) CDAS Conference 2015: Death and its Futures:. In: Death and its Futures, 05-06 June 2015, Bath University. Item availability may be restricted.
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2014) Type Workshop 2: UnDead Type. In: Type Workshop 2: UnDead Type, 14 March 2014, Falmouth University.
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (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, Thursday 19th - Friday 20th September 2013, Falmouth University.

Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (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.
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Exhibition

Whelan, Gregg ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5434-5985 and Tuukkanen, Johanna Tuukkanen (2019) ANTI Contemporary Art Festival 2019: Death. [Exhibition]
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2019) In The Face of Death / The Art of Dying. ANTI International Contemporary Art Festival Kuopio, Finland. [Exhibition]
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2017) STUFF. [Exhibition] Item availability may be restricted.
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X, Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 and Willow, Lucy (2014) Memento Mori. [Exhibition]
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Design

Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2021) Moth: Design for Life & Death: The Goodbye Box and Saying Goodbye to Mr Jim. [Design]
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Project

Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2016) MOTH. [Project]
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X, Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099, Bufler, Stefan and Wörgötter, Michael (2016) In The Face of Death. [Project]
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Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2015) In The Face of Death. [Project]
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Conference

Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X and Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 (2016) MOTH Talks: In the Face of Death. [Conference]
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Jenkins, Jessica ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2295-5871 (2015) Graphic Designers Research | Falmouth University | Nov 20th 2015. Concept and Curation: Dr. Jessica Jenkins. [Conference]
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Other

Rudolph, Ashley ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9666-9099 and Salkeld, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2626-965X (2020) MOTH: Death and Design. UNSPECIFIED.

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