Typography & Graphic Communication are part of the University’s Breaking down Barriers (BdB) cross-disciplinary team. BdB champions the ways we embed engagement with inclusive design across disciplines. Read more about this award-winning project and our 2020 wayfinding hackathon on the BdB blog. http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/breaking-down-barriers/

Connectedness reports

17 May 2024

What are the Connectedness reports? A set of three reports summarising past conferences taking place at Manchester University that will be given out at the… Read more

Universal Voices: Singing Communities eBook

17 May 2024

Background Universal Voices is a free community choir for children aged 7-12 at the Institute of Education (IoE), run by Dr Rebecca Berkley and a… Read more

Geri Reid: Creating design systems

31 January 2024

In week 3 of Spring term, we were joined by design systems and accessibility consultant Geri Reid. Geri divulged information about life not always going… Read more

Universal Voices: designing an e-book

20 December 2023

Real job by Zainab Hussain and Jaflenur Rahman Read more

Greg Bunbury: Ethical design

18 November 2023

In Week 8 of Autumn Term, we were joined by Greg Bunbury a Graphic designer and consultant, as well as a sessional lecturer here at… Read more

Four people sitting at a table looking at a screen on a wall with pictures of design work to promote 'international day of people with disabilities'

Design for change project + Sky Creative

23 March 2023

In their third year, our undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete a ‘Design for change’ project. The project aims to give a space for… Read more

Sol Kawage: Design perspectives

31 January 2023

In week 3 of Spring term, we were joined by information designer and Reading graduate, Sol Kawage. Her love of typography and passion towards informing… Read more

Mock up of Project Freedom Booklet

Jamal Harewood: Project Freedom

30 January 2023

Background Jamal Harewood is an activist who sets out to share his vision of race and identity through workshops around England. He is currently undergoing… Read more

Meggan Van Harten: Beauty of inclusivity

18 January 2023

In the first week of Baseline shift Spring term, we were joined by Co-founder of Design De Plume, Meggan Van Harten. In this session, Meggan… Read more

I am, we are … Different By Design: Manifesto

18 January 2022

On this week’s Baseline Shift, the University of Reading’s Different by Design team, currently consisting of Lamar Kaki and Minh Nguyen, joined us to give… Read more

Seniz Husseyin: Shaping careers into the third sector

22 June 2021

In week 5 of the Spring term, Baseline Shift welcomed Typography & Graphic Communication graduate Seniz Husseyin who talked to the students about her experience… Read more

I am, we are… different by design

30 November 2020

This week’s Baseline Shift welcomed our student-led diversity team – I am, we are… different by design – to organise a workshop and a talk… Read more

I am, We are… Different by Design: Issue 3

14 June 2020

Real Job: Editors Marianne and Aanand are putting the finishing touches on Issue 3 of @UniofReading’s arts diversity zine. Publication this summer! 🤞🏿🤞🏾🤞🏼🤞🤞🏻 @UniRdg_Diverse Read more

A zine to create awareness and celebrate diversity

10 June 2020

Real Job: Martha and Seniz led Typography’s diversity project this year, culminating in the production of the second issue of our ‘zine for the creative… Read more

Communicating with Care Homes About the Usage of Antipsychotics in Dementia

10 June 2020

Real Job: Izzy Bahrin developed an information poster to raise awareness of issues around the prescription antipsychotic drugs for dementia patients. The project supported the… Read more

Making a difference in Palestine and Israel

25 May 2020

Real Job: Students designed a campaign booklet and postcard to raise awareness about the work EAPPI carry out in Palestine and Israel. #EAPPI @eappiukireland @eappi Read more

Leading the Tate Exchange 2019 Workshop

24 May 2020

Real Jobs: Seniz Husseyin and Martha Macri led a team of students from @UniofReading in promoting diversity and individuality in the arts at @TateExchange. Read more

Diversity team Tate Exchange 2020

24 April 2020

Background I am, We are… Different by Design is a student-led group from the School of Art and Communication Design advocating for diversity and inclusion… Read more

How our students are promoting diversity in the creative field

17 January 2020

The ‘I am, we are… Different by design’ team present their latest work: the second edition of their zine, and workshop at the Tate Exchange.… Read more

Wayfinding and cross-cultural design with Joan Zalacain and Zofia Szostkiewicz

17 January 2020

Highlights and insights from Joan and Zofia’s all-digital signage project in Mecca. Read more

UX insights from visiting graduates

7 November 2019

Graphic Communication and Typography graduates, Carmen Martinez, Neil Linford-Relph and Aman Verma, share their experiences of UI and UX design. Read more

Tate Exchange Diversity Project

24 July 2019

Background Alongside my I am, We are Different by Design group members, in March of this year (2019) we held a workshop at the Tate… Read more

I am, We are Different by Design

24 July 2019

Background In the beginning of part 2, myself and other students that ranged across the three-year groups started, alongside staff, the I am, We are… Read more

HMP Huntercombe Prison Research Project

24 July 2019

Background This blog post covers a project we carried out for HMP Huntercombe Prison in Oxfordshire. Huntercombe is a Category C adult male foreign national… Read more

BrEDS Eating Disorder logo

13 June 2019

Background The British Eating Disorder Society is a new organisation aiming to improve awareness of eating disorders, and the care and treatment of people with… Read more

Martha (in red t-shirt on left) and Seniz (seated in black) getting set-up at the Tate Exchange

Creating flags to share identities at the Tate Exchange

24 May 2019

In March, Typography’s ‘I am, we are … different by design’ project team designed and led a workshop to explore identity and movement as part… Read more

20th-century Persian newspaper types: investigating the design process

13 March 2019

An exhibition exploring the design process of the most significant twentieth-century Persian newspaper types. Read more

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Making work experience pay: Introducing the Reading Internship Scheme

27 February 2019

Claire Mack and Holly Forsyth outlined the opportunities for paid graphic design internships, co-funded by the University. Read more

QVI Chiropody Clinic Promotional Material

27 February 2019

Group members: Bryony Horne, Cherise Brooker and Lauren Quinn Clients: Cherie McBride,  Ann Westgarth and Deborah Jenkins This reflective report aims to explain the process and how… Read more

Presenting at the Reading Braillist’s meeting

18 January 2019

Laura Marshall, one of our Part 3 BA Graphic Communication students, presented her dissertation research at the Reading Braillists meeting. Read more

Chinese publishing collaboration proceeds

8 November 2018

The inaugural symposium of the Creative Chinese Character Industry took place at the Beijing Convention Center on 3 and 4 November. The symposium brought together… Read more

Making a ZINE: ‘I am, we are… different by design’

30 October 2018

Our second Baseline Shift session was run by Camara Dick, Seniz Husseyin, Malaika Johnson and Martha Macri, members of a group of students who have… Read more

Women in Type

12 April 2018

‘Women in type: a social history of women’s role in type-drawing offices, 1910–90’ is a new three-year research project now underway in the Department, funded… Read more

Breaking down Barriers wins CIOB award for innovation

8 March 2017

Breaking down Barriers (BdB) – our multidisciplinary inclusive design project – has received a Highly Commended Award for Innovation in Education and Training in the 2016… Read more