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Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell

Telephone: 0151 904 1172



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)

Academic appointments

Programme Leader, Graphic Design and Illustration, Liverpool John Moores University, 2008 - present
Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, Multimedia Arts / Graphic Arts, Liverpool John Moores University, 1998 - 2008



Mitchell I, Quail J. 2018. Acid House Love Blueprint poster >Link

Mitchell I. 2014. La Historia Paralela

Mitchell I. 2013. Life of Type - motion typeface and short film >Link

Mitchell I, Sharp T. 2012. Theatre Peckham co-creation typeface >Link

Mitchell I, Quail J. 2010. Picasso Peace + Freedom typeface >Link

Mitchell I. 2006. Project 7090 >Link


Mitchell I. 2018. I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me 2018 Exhibition Catalogue Mitchell I. Studio Editions. Liverpool 978-0-9930113-3-7 >Link

Mitchell I. 2017. Exit : 2016 Fuxit Studio Editions 9780993011313 >Link >Public Url


Mitchell I. 2017. 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 >Link

Mitchell I. 2014. Motion Typography – Text, Time and the Screen Ceccarelli N, Turri C. IP Inform.animation 2012 Research, Education and Design Experiences Franco Angeli. Milan 9788891711786 >Link

Mitchell I. 2012. Authority or Cliché? The Graphic Language of Information Design Turro C. Inform.Animation 2011 :22-47 FrancoAngeli. Italy 978-88-568-4717-8

Internet publication

Mitchell I. 2015. >Link >Public Url

Mitchell I. 2014. World Cup Clichés: Graphic Design’s Approach To Football >Public Url

Journal article

Mitchell I. 2012. Authority or Cliché? The Graphic Language of Information Design Turri C. :22-49 >Link

Mitchell I. 2009. The Shape for Sounds Shook K. Times Higher Education, :53-53 >Link

Mitchell I. Authority or Cliché? The Graphic Language of Information Design Turri C. Inform.Animation 2011, :22-49 >Link


Mitchell I. 2011. Futureproofing >Link


Parke L, Jones M, Spencer J, Mitchell I, Garside C, Judd H, Jackson C. Ride Your Pony 2, George Henry Lee Buliding, Part of Liverpool Independents Biennial, Curated by Marie jones >Link

Mitchell I. 'Spot the Girl' - I Don't Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me. >Link

Mitchell I, Quail J. ClubTogether >Link

Mitchell I. I Don't Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me 2018 >Link >Public Url

Mitchell I. TYPuzzle at FACT >Link

Mitchell I, Jackson C, Spencer J. I Don't Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me >Public Url

Mitchell I. re–Type: exhibition of typographic disobedience >Link


Mitchell I, Garside C. To Fife and Back >Link

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

2CO Communicating Complexity 2017 Tenerife, Spain, Member of the scientific board. Speaker.,

2CO everday, Curator,

2CO Communicating Complexity 2013, Member of the scientific board. Chair of the info-graphic programme.,

External collaboration:, Alghero School of Architecture, University of Sassari, Erasmus Intensive Program (IP) 'InformAnimation'

Domus Academy, Milan, External examiner for validation of MA Visual Brand Design

Membership of professional bodies:

Member of Graphic Design Educators' Network, Graphic Design Educators' Network,