Wolverhampton School of Art

Mr Jeff Leak

Senior Lecturer, Visual Communications

Leak Jeff
Email address: j.leak@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321938 Location: MK302 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Areas of expertise: Design for print, design for screen, idea generation, conceptual problem solving, advertising, illustration, photography, film

About

Jeff graduated with a first class honours degree in multi-disciplinary design and won the Letraset International Design Competition that same year. After further post-graduate study, he worked for a number of studios before moving into education, eventually writing and running both a National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design and Design Communication at Further Education level.

Jeff went on to set up his own consultancy, boing!, in 1994, with business partner Giles Woodward, working specifically for ‘arts’ clientele. Their work was featured over the years in Creative Review and in numerous design periodicals and publications.

Jeff was Subject Leader, Graphic Communication at the University of Wolverhampton from 1999 until 2013 and has also been Leader of the Graphic Communication & Illustration course and Design for Multimedia programme.

He is an external examiner and has worked in a quality role at a range of institutions both here in the UK and overseas and is also a member of the University Quality Panel. He has fostered international relationships through collaborations with other universities and has worked with overseas institutions to develop student progression through Transnational Education (TNE) and other initiatives.

Jeff has maintained an industry focus and continues to work closely with the design profession acting as consultant and has recently completed a KEEN (Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise Network) - a strategic partnership between Higher Education and Industry. He also actively assists students’ transition into work; to make contacts and help in setting up incubator businesses.

Research interests

After completing his MA in Interactive Media, Jeff continues to learn, explore, discover and practice and is currently working on his PhD with a focus on projected typographic messages.

His research interests are around the importance and meanings of signs within the man-made environment and he has continued to participate in a range of international conferences.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice,

  • MA in Interactive Multimedia: Distinction,

  • City & Guilds TDLB D32/33: GNVQ Assessor,

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Art & Design): Qualified teacher status,

  • BA(Hons) Multi-Disciplinary Design (specialising in Graphic Design): First Class,

  • Foundation Course Certificate in Art and Design,

  • Diversity in the Workplace Certificate.

Publications

Recent work - further research publications available on request:

  • Leak, J. (2015) Design of Artists book – Day, P. Pictures of My Father. ISBN: 978-0-9932226-0-3,
  • Leak, J. (2014). Design work exhibited & published in the proceedings: The 7th United Designs International Biennial Design Exhibition. Shanghai Normal University. China. Curated: Korea Ensemble of Contemporary Design,
  • Leak, J. (2014). ‘How type can move us’ in Visual Communication: Concepts and practices, Zantides E.(ed.) Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK). ISBN: 978-1-4438-5468-9,
  • Leak, J. (2013). Design work exhibited: Love British Books. Palace of Congress, Tirana, Albania. 13-17November 2013. http://www.britishcouncil.al/en/events/love-british-books-2013-exhibition.

Experience in industry

Jeff has worked both as a studio-based designer and as a senior designer at a number of studios where he developed experience in branding, advertising, packaging, information design, typography, illustration and editorial work among other things. His design specialism also meant that he was an early user and technician of Apple Macintosh technologies and a keen interest has seen him continue to learn and develop this knowledge – going from Pagemaker and Digital Darkroom to the latest incarnation of Adobe CC.

Subsequently Jeff ran his own design consultancy - boing! - concentrating on working for clients with a specialism in creativity, curating and the arts. During this time he expanded his skillset to work on multimedia based commissions as this technology emerged. His work has been featured in a number of leading national and international publications and was adopted as excellent practice by a software firm since incorporated into Adobe.

Jeff continues to work with and alongside professional designers and alumni working in the profession ensuring that his students make good contacts and are able to network successfully in the design field to find meaningful jobs.