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Research + Projects

September 2019

Marion Richardson: Writing as Pattern

As part London Design Festival and the 'Women in Print Study Day: Marie Neurath and Her Contemporaries' held at House of Illustration, I will be talking about early twentieth century design educator and children's art movement pioneer Marion Richardson, and her instructional books Writing & Writing Patterns. 16 September, 11am–5pm: tickets here.

August 2019

The Spaces In-between / A Map to Fall Through

A series of texts on naming and places and place names presented between screenings, readings, talks and sound works. Part of a one-day programme — A Map to Fall Through — curated by Failed States for Arcade East.

August 2019

Shall we clear the air? / Sadness is a no go-zone

Poster collaboration with Studio Ard (Guillaume Chuard & Daniel Kang Yoon Nørregaard) for Adaptive Capacity's climate art show, held in Copeland Gallery, Peckham.

June – December 2019

Bricks from the Kiln #4

Co-editing issue #4 of BFTK and co-organising a symposium at London College of Communication (June 2019) for the journal on translation, transmission and transposition, between text and non-text, by humans and/or machines (with Natalie Ferris).

November 2018

Marion Richardson: Writing & Writing Patterns

Research paper on pattern and education presented at 'Decriminalising Ornament', 9th Illustration Research Symposium, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

June – July 2018

Bevels, Bypasses

Typographic installations across sites in collaboration with Peter Nencini. Produced for the Fungus Press residency, Turf Projects, Croydon, London. (Photo by Tim Bowditch.)

November 2017

Exquisite Punctuation

A presentation of consequential punctuation for Hidden Women in Design, London

March 2017

Meaning Shifting: Metaphor & Design

Keynote conference presentation for ‘With a Shift, Simultaneous Realities Collide’, Graphic Design Educators Network, London College of Communication, London.

March 2017

Digression (as a mode of attention)

Keynote symposium presentation for ‘In the Age of’,  MA Graphic and Media Design symposium, London College of Communication, London.

June 2015

Oblique / Oblike

This project is a collection of essays and talks devoted to obliquity. Subjects have been chosen for their conceptual, logical, textural and metaphorical potential, and the nature of oblique as both a subject and a method allows for tangential associations between ideas, theory and images. This is the final major research project completed for MA Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art and was awarded the CWAD annual writing prize. (Oblique glyphs by Peter Nencini.)


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Selected Writing


Etymology: Refuge

‘Refuge’ is the first in a regular feature for Failed States, writing an etymology for the issue theme.

Essay & Audio Recording

A Typographic Chronicle of Stops and Starts

An indirect history of the forward slash, featuring Samuel Beckett, sinister strokes and other obliquities. For Bricks from the Kiln issue 3.


Cutteslowe Walls

A divisive wall and a divorce. For the ‘suburb’ issue of Failed States.


Micronesian Stick Charts

Maps of invisible phenomena that must be memorised before navigating the real world. For the inaugural issue of Failed States themed ‘island’.

[Read online]



An etymology of the term ‘Albertopolis’ — the ‘facetious appellation’ given to the area of South Kensington built with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition in 1851. Published in the book Albertopolis Companion (RCA, 2015).


G a p s

Spaces between things in the Turner Contemporary museum. Part of a collaborative writing project between the Turner Contemporary, David Chipperfield Architects, and the RCA. Illustrated by Billie Muraben.

[Read online]


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October 2017 — present

Contextual Studies Module Leader & Lecturer

BA Graphic Design,
University of East London

Leading and delivering lectures and seminars across undergraduate levels.

October 2016 — present

Associate Lecturer

MA Graphic and Media Design,
London College of Communication

Research-related sessions augmenting final major projects:

— Critical Reading as Design Research: a series of seminars and workshops that aim to widen the cultural field for design research to inc. literature, journalism, poetry, etc

— Critical Concept Paper research methodologies and writing workshops

A Line Which Forms a Volume: a critical reader and symposium of graphic design-led research that is edited, written, designed and published by participants of the MA GMD programme. (Image via Grafik)

October 2016 — present

Dissertation Supervisor

BA Illustration,
Camberwell College of Arts

Supervising undergraduate theses.


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Selected Editing

Copy-editor & Proofreader

Ali Kazim — Traces

Artist book

Edited by Anita Dawood, published by Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai.


Beautiful World, where are you?
2018 Liverpool Biennial publication

Published by Art Books Publishing Ltd, London.


The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined

Barbican Gallery exhibition book

Published by Koenig Books, London.


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(2015) MA Critical Writing in Art & Design

Royal College of Art

Recipient of the 2015 Critical Writing prize

(2010) BA Illustration


© 2019 Bryony Quinn