Mr Marc Austin

Course Leader Graphic Design

Marc Austin
Email address: m.austin@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321532 Location: MK301a Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Areas of expertise: Graphic Design

About

Marc graduated with a first class honours degree in 1998 and after a brief stint in a small advertising agency, followed by some design studio work, decided to become a graphic design software and hardware technician. During that time he pursued freelance work, which has included corporate identity, brochure, poster, publicity work and websites. Larger projects include educational multimedia prototypes for the financial sector aimed at teaching school children about budgeting, and exhibition catalogues for the New Art Gallery, Walsall.

Working as a visiting lecturer at Hereford College of Art and the University of Wolverhampton enabled him to complete a Masters degree specialising in typography, legibility and interpretation in the context of interactivity in traditional and non-traditional gallery spaces, and soon after became a senior lecturer and courser leader within the division of Visual Communication.

Currently working in a new capacity as Technology Supported Learning Coordinator for the school of Art & Design, he has co-authored, with Dr Lindsey Marshall, a successful bid to the Higher Education Academy to develop and evaluate blended learning approaches in the new curriculum. This builds on their research in the use of mobile technologies and the relationship between e-learning and the traditional studio environment of art and design.

Research interests

Research interests include the use of electronic, mobile and blended learning methods to enhance the student learning experience; the use and role of technology in art and design education; typography and experimental multimedia in the context of reactive and interactive prototypes.

Marc has also acted as a reviewer for conferences such as CADE07.

Publications

  • Marshall, L. & Austin, M. (2009) E-learning – filling the gaps where studios once stood? Published proceedings IADIS Mobile Learning Conference, Barcelona, 25-28 February.
  • Marshall, L., Austin, M. & Hale, P. (2008) Enhanced Podcasts for Enhanced Learning. Published proceedings CLTAD 4th International Conference Enhancing the Curricula: Using research and inquiry to inform student learning in the disciplines. New York, 3-4 April.
  • Austin, M. & Hale, P. (2008) Reactype24 - Reactive typographic installation exhibited at PLUS+ International Type Conference, Fazeley Studios, Birmingham. Cited as a case study in Marshall, L. & Meachem, L. (2010) How to Use Images. London, Laurence King.