Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design

Dion has been a senior lecturer at Falmouth University on the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course since 2011, working to explore connections between people and process to help enable both new ‘works’ and new models of ‘making’. His primary focus is on exploring potential critical and creative ‘ways of operating’ through the habitual use of constraints as a conceptual framework.

His studio practice has centred around collaboration, opening up opportunities to work with film directors, sound designers, writers, poets & other artists. His work has been exhibited at (amongst others) The Royal College of Art (London, UK), Newlyn Art Gallery and The Eden Project (Cornwall, UK). He has delivered conference papers, lectures and workshops at (amongst others) Design School Kolding, Cumulus Conference; WERKWOCHE: International Design Week at University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Faculty of Design; Society for Artistic Research (SAR) / University Of The Arts Helsinki: International Conference on Artistic Research.

Dion continues his own studio practice, is part of a research project rethinking the creative process with Andy Neal and also forms one third of ‘Various Writings’, with Maria Christoforidou and Lizzie Ridout, an arts-based research platform and programme of exhibition/publishing projects investigating acts of writing. 




External Links

Contact details

Telephone 01326 255330

Qualifications

Qualifications

Year Qualification Awarding body
2010 MA Graphic Design Falmouth University
2009 BA (Hons) Graphic Design Falmouth University

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise


Dissociative creativity:

Exploring potential critical and creative ‘ways of operating’ through the habitual use of constraints as a conceptual framework. Working with colleague Andy Neal to rethink (learning and teaching) the creative process and search for ways of building on and developing new patterns of working. In a world where change is the only constant, the need for creative practitioners who can move beyond themselves and continually re-invent the way they work has never been so important. This research takes many forms: curriculum development, pedagogic research papers, workshops and a forthcoming publication.

Various Writings:

Various Writings is a collaborative project of multidisciplinary artistic research that investigates heterogeneous aspects of writing. The context of this research is the ongoing discourse on the future of writing, the gesture of the writing act and writing as memory.

Various Writings is a research project initiated by Maria Christoforidou, Lizzie Ridout and Dion Star. It is both a research platform and perpetual generator of activity – conversations, exhibitions, events, artworks, texts, acts, workshops, publishing – contemplating the conceptual nature of writing, through the deliberate disruption of its structures and conditions.  


The School of Various Writings is the pedagogic wing of Various Writings. Our workshops and projects aim to support students exploring writing as both a tool and a discipline. We encourage open-ended enquiries, nurture critical thinking, risk-taking and ‘play’, and support students in considering alternative audiences for their work and therefore their modes of communication. The projects allow for a focus on independence and interdependence and provide a greater understanding of risk taking and how it supports a student’s creative development. 


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. 


Selected recent papers, workshops & exhibitions:

July. 2017; Various Writings: Chapter Two. MIX2017 - Writing Digital. Conference Paper. Bath Spa University.

May. 2017; Rethinking Graphic Design Process. Conference Paper. ReDo Cumulus 2017 . Design School Kolding and Cumulus International / Denmark. ISBN 9788793416154
April. 2017; Various Writings: Chapter One. Conference Paper. University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland.
Nov. 2016; Störung Workshop & Lecture. WERKWOCHE: International Design Week, University of Applied Sciences Augsburg. Faculty of Design.

Research centre and group affiliations

DiaGram

Research Topics

  • Process
  • process oriented practices
  • dissociative creativity
  • Writing
  • material writing practices
  • pseudo writing
  • The Gesture of Writing
  • oulipo
  • Film

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

Article

Ridout, Lizzie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8140-8272, Christoforidou, Maria and Star, Dion (2018) Various Writings: Chapter 1 (Research Catalogue Exposition published in RUUKKU). RUUKKU: Studies in Artistic Research, 8. ISSN 2341-9687
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Book Section

Neal, Andy and Star, Dion (2017) [DiaGram]; Rethinking Graphic Design Process. In: REDO: Cumulus REDO Conference Proceedings, Design School Kolding 30 May - 2 June 2017. ReDo Cumulus 2017 . Design School Kolding and Cumulus International, Online (worldwide) / Denmark., pp. 81-95. ISBN 9788793416154
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Conference or Workshop Item

Christoforidou, Maria, Ridout, Lizzie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8140-8272 and Star, Dion (2017) Various Writings: Chapter Two. In: MIX 2017: Writing Digital, 10-12th July 2017, Bath Spa University, Newton Park Campus.
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Christoforidou, Maria, Ridout, Lizzie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8140-8272 and Star, Dion (2017) Various Writings: Chapter One. In: Please Specify! The Society of Artistic Research's annual conference, 28/29 April 2017, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland.
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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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Christoforidou, Maria, Ridout, Lizzie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8140-8272 and Star, Dion (2016) Various Writings: CAST Residency. In: Various Writings: CAST Residency, 6-11th February 2017, CAST, Helston, Cornwall, UK.
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Artwork

Star, Dion (2016) Marine Debris Typeface @ HOMEMADE Exhibition – Newlyn Art Gallery. [Artwork]
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Exhibition

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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Star, Dion (2016) Book Identity: A Taxonomy. [Exhibition]
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Project

Star, Dion and Ridout, Lizzie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8140-8272 (2019) Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion (2019) The School of Various Writings: Writing at a Distance. [Project]

Ridout, Lizzie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8140-8272 and Star, Dion (2018) The School of Various Writings: Writing Machines. [Project]

Ridout, Lizzie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8140-8272 and Star, Dion (2017) The School of Various Writings: What is Writing? [Project]

Other

Wylde, Gillian ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5436-0771, Shapiro, Carolyn ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2987-8111, Christoforidou, Maria and Chapman, Neil ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8253-0256 (2017) FOMO: Falmouth Art Publishing Fair 2017. UNSPECIFIED.
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Teaching

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Graphic Design
  • MFA

Professional Engagement

Social, community and cultural engagement

Cornish Shovel Installation @ Cornwall Design Season

Carbis Bay. 2011

Cornwall Design Forum & Cornwall Council.
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Asparagus (collaboration with Clare Howdle) @ 26 Flavours of Cornwall

Eden Project. 2011
The Poly, Falmouth. 2011
Lander Gallery, Truro. 2011

26 Letters Writing Agency & Eden Project.
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Openbooks

ManyStuff Exhibition and Publication
RCA. 2011

Royal College of Art. London.
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