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Liverpool School of Art and Design

Mr Jonathan Spencer


After graduating from the Graphic Arts BA (Hons) at LJMU in 2001 I went on to continue my studies on the Communication Art and Design MA at the Royal Collage of Art in London. Whilst there I continued to pursue my interest in publication design and collaborative projects as well as exploring filmmaking and taking part in various branding projects.

I have studied and produced work at various levels, and in various capacities in the field of graphic design and illustration, including design work, arts projects and projects with primary school pupils enabling them to explore and create artwork. I have taught on various arts courses at different levels in the northwest and completed my PGCE (Post Compulsory) teaching qualification in 2011.

After teaching on the Graphic Design and Illustration BA (Hons) programme (formerly the Graphic Arts BA) for many years as a Sessional Lecturer, and as an Associate Lecturer on the Graphic Design course at MMU, I became a full time lecturer for LJMU in 2011. I currently teach across all three levels and I am the level 4 Leader as well as the Module Leader for two level 4 modules.

As a designer my interest has always been drawn by typography and page layout. I have a long-standing interest in publication design and print production which provides a useful, and flexible, medium for the exploration of my broader interests – both within the disciplines of the Graphic Arts and thematically.

My interests also include other areas of graphic design such as; experimental typography / typeface design, Photography and Print Design / Production. Over recent years I have produced several experimental typefaces and typographic systems, which explore the use of type as a generative (often abstract) system in response to text.

My current activities, in conjunction with my colleague Chris Jackson,investigate the crossover and influences between publication design and print production, and digital technology, specifically mobile and tablet. They deal with a number of areas such as design and formatting, user interaction and delivery mechanisms and raise some interesting questions concerning; the production, delivery, uses and value of content when encountered as a digital artefact.


2003, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom, Communication Art and Design MA (RCA)
2001, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Graphic Arts BA Hons



Spencer J. 2017. Please Contribute - The World Transformed

Jackson CS, Spencer J, Winterburn N. 2016. Gym Jams: OLO

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Jackson CS, Spencer J. 2017. Please Contribute 2CO2 Communicating Complexity

spencer J, Parke L. Keen for Ken - Education without Boundaries Graphic Design Educators' Network - Ideas of Revolt


Jackson CS, Spencer J. 2017. Unknown Unknowns or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Balloon! Jones N. Critical Kits and How We Use Them :70-73 Torque editions 978-09932487-5-7


Jones M, Gar side C, Mitchell I, Spencer J, Judd H. Ride Your Pony, Islington Mill, 1 James St, Salford M3 5HW, Curated by Marie Jones

Spencer J, Jackson CS. Gym Jams

Spencer J. re–Type: exhibition of typographic disobedience - Moiré Circle.

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

Spencer J, Mitchell I. I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me

Designs (including illustrations)

Spencer J. TESTPATTERN LT 1.0.0

Spencer J. Moiré Circle

Engagement & Impact

Other invited event:

Title of event: Inprint Exchange Liverpool / Dessau, Location: Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany., Description: I was Invited to participate and exhibit in the Inprint Exchange Liverpool / Dessau print fair in the historic Bauhaus Art School, Dessau. The trip included taking students and alumni from the course over to engage in an international cultural exchange. The trip culminated in an exhibition / fair in the main Bauhaus building were participants where able sell their work.

Title of event: Moiré Circle / re–Type: exhibition of typographic disobedience., Location: Liverpool School of Art and Design, Art and Design Academy, Liverpool., Description: I was invited to contribute my experimental typographic system Moiré Circle to the exhibition re–Type.