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.
Telephone 01326 255330
|2010||MA Graphic Design||Falmouth University|
|2009||BA (Hons) Graphic Design||Falmouth University|
Research interests and expertise
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 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 affiliationsDiaGram
- process oriented practices
- dissociative creativity
- material writing practices
- pseudo writing
- The Gesture of Writing
Publications and research outputs
Star, Dion and Ridout, Lizzie(2019), Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion (2019) The School of Various Writings: Writing at a Distance., Woodlane
Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion(2018), The School of Various Writings: Writing Machines, In: The School of Various Writings: Writing Machines, 19th March 2018 – 27th May 2018, Falmouth University
Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion(2017), The School of Various Writings: What is Writing?, In: The School of Various Writings: What is Writing?, 13th March – 8th April 2017, Falmouth University
Ridout, Lizzie, Christoforidou, Maria and Star, Dion(2018), Various Writings: Chapter 1 (Research Catalogue Exposition published in RUUKKU), In: RUUKKU: Studies in Artistic Research, University of the Arts (Finland), Finland, ISSN: 2341-9687
Wylde, GillianChristoforidou, Maria and Chapman, Neil, (2017), FOMO: Falmouth Art Publishing Fair 2017, Falmouth Art Gallery and Library
Neal, Andy(2017), [DiaGram]; Rethinking Graphic Design Process, In: REDO: Cumulus REDO Conference Proceedings, Design School Kolding 30 May - 2 June 2017, Design School Kolding and Cumulus International, Online (worldwide) / Denmark., pp. 81-95, ISBN: 9788793416154
Christoforidou, Maria, Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion(2017), Various Writings: Chapter Two, In: MIX 2017: Writing Digital, 10-12th July 2017, Bath Spa University, Newton Park Campus
Christoforidou, Maria, Ridout, Lizzie 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
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)
Christoforidou, Maria, Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion(2016), Various Writings: CAST Residency, In: Various Writings: CAST Residency, 6-11th February 2017, CAST, Helston, UK
Salkeld, NicolaRudolph, Ashley, (2017), STUFF, In: STUFF Moth, 30 Jan 2017 (on going), Falmouth University, Item availability may be restricted.
Star, Dion(2016), Book Identity: A Taxonomy, In: STUFF, November, 2016, Fox 4 Atrium, Falmouth University., (Published)
Star, Dion(2016), Marine Debris Typeface @ HOMEMADE Exhibition – Newlyn Art Gallery, In: HOMEMADE, 08 OCT — 05 NOV 2016, Newly Art Gallery, (Published)
Neal, AndyStar, Dion and Laurence King Publishers, (2022), Creativity Begins With You, Laurence King, London, United Kingdom, ISBN: 978-1529420227, Item availability may be restricted.
- BA(Hons) Graphic Design
Social, community and cultural engagement
Cornish Shovel Installation @ Cornwall Design Season
Carbis Bay. 2011
Cornwall Design Forum & Cornwall Council.
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.
ManyStuff Exhibition and Publication
Royal College of Art. London.