Before joining Liverpool School of Art & Design, Ian worked as an animator and multimedia designer with Roy Stringer; a highly influential multimedia visionary, at Amaze Ltd, and was a founding member of 1990s typography collective known as Beaufonts.
Since becoming a lecturer in 1998, Ian has exhibited and published works both nationally and internationally. Most notably Chinese Whispers – a unique experiment to create a family of fonts designed collaboratively by international participants through the generative online process of chinese whispers. The project featured on Creative Review's first DVD Rom ‘Creative Review DVD01’ in 2001, and subsequently in numerous design and typography books and journals. His films and typographic animations have been screened in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Berlin.
In 2008, he became Programme Leader of Graphic Design and Illustration. Since then his ongoing research has explored how the boundaries of the typographic form have been, and can still be, expanded by moving image, interactive media and emerging technologies.
Elements of this research have been applied within a professional context in collaboration with with a number of North West design agencies developing typefaces for communication campaigns such as Tate Liverpool’s Picasso Peace + Freedom exhibition.
In 2012 he curated re–Type, an exhibition of experimental type design. The exhibition formed a snapshot of the typography and design work produced from the research, practice and teaching taking place in and around the Graphic Design and Illustration programme at LJMU.
Most recently he developed TYPuzzle - a table-top animated type puzzle game recently installed in FACT’s Development Lab for their Type Motion exhibition.
1994, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons)
Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design and Illustration, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
Programme Leader, Graphic Design and Illustration, Liverpool John Moores University, 2008 - 2119
Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, Multimedia Arts / Graphic Arts, Liverpool John Moores University, 1998 - 2008
Mitchell I. 2014. La Historia Paralela Publisher Url
Mitchell I. Authority or Cliché? The Graphic Language of Information Design Turri C. Inform.Animation 2011, :22-49 Author Url
Mitchell I. Isotype – sacred cow or valuable lesson from the past? Ceccarelli N. I.P. INFORMANIMATION 2013: research, education and design experiences :24-33 FrancoAngeli. Italy 978-88-917-5138-6 Author Url Publisher Url
Mitchell I. Motion Typography – Text, Time and the Screen Ceccarelli N, Turri C. IP Inform.animation 2012 Research, Education and Design Experiences Franco Angeli. Milan 9788891711786 Author Url Publisher Url
Mitchell I. Authority or Cliché? The Graphic Language of Information Design Turro C. Inform.Animation 2011 :22-47 FrancoAngeli. Italy 978-88-568-4717-8 Publisher Url
Mitchell I. Futureproofing Author Url
Mitchell I. re–Type: exhibition of typographic disobedience Author Url
Mitchell I, Jackson C, Spencer J. I Don't Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me Public Url
Parke L, Jones M, Spencer J, Mitchell I, Garside C, Judd H, Jackson C. Ride Your Pony 2, Part of Liverpool Independents Biennial Author Url
Engagement & Impact
2CO everday, Curator, http://2coconference.org/everyday/. 2018
2CO Communicating Complexity 2017 Tenerife, Spain, Member of the scientific board. Speaker., http://2coconference.org/2017/. 2017
2CO Communicating Complexity 2013, Member of the scientific board. Chair of the info-graphic programme., http://2coconference.org/2013/. 2013
Membership of professional bodies:
Member of Graphic Design Educators' Network, Graphic Design Educators' Network, http://www.graphicdesigneducators.network/. 2015
Domus Academy, Milan, External examiner for validation of MA Visual Brand Design. 2012
http://www.informanimation.eu/, Alghero School of Architecture, University of Sassari, Erasmus Intensive Program (IP) 'InformAnimation'. 2012