Alexis Taylor is a Graphic Designer with specialisms in typography, branding and publishing. He has been a lecturer in graphic design since 2001 and has taught at a number FE and HE institutions.
He is Subject Leader & Head of Department of Art & Design at the University of Northampton, responsible for a range of courses including BSc Architectural Technology, BA Fine Art, BA Fine Art Painting & Drawing, MA Fine Art, BA Graphic Communication Design, BA Illustration, BA Interior Architecture & Spatial Design, BSc Product Design and BA Visual Communication. Alexis Taylor graduated with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Cambridge School of Art after which he worked in London in the music and fashion industries, as well as later with clients including The Open University, BBC, the NHS. In 2004 he was a contributor to a publication that won an EMAP award for a self-published magazine, and his work has been featured in Creative Review. He gained his PGCE in 2009 and he has been a Fellow of the HEA since 2016.
His experimental personal work has often reflected an obsession with type and letterforms. Specialist interests are in the field of typography and typographic design, in particular the vernacular use of text. Reappraisals of vernacular typography as expressions of regional identities, and the ephemeral idiosyncrasies of speech and language are key areas of interest. He has curated several exhibitions of the Osborne Robinson Poster Collection which totals 20,000 artefacts and remains a key supporter of the archive which is held at The University of Northampton. His practice is currently switching focus to the intersection of graphic communication, architectural space and the transformation bought about by emerging, immersive digital technologies.
He continues to work as a practising graphic designer, working primarily on commercial typography-based projects, interior and exterior design and branding.
Alex currently teaches modules on the BA Graphic Communication Design, and BA Interior Architecture and Spatial Design courses.
For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Alexis Taylor’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.