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Mr John Rooney
Art & Design
University of Salford

Typography, Graphic Design, Digital Arts, Visual Communication, Research, Visual Arts, Community Art

John Rooney worked as a freelance graphic designer in Manchester from 1990 onwards, working with clients in the creative arts sector including Tate Gallery Liverpool/Tate Millbank/Manchester City Art Gallery/The PumpHouse People’s History Museum/ArtTranspennine/Umbro Europe, USA and Japan/adidas Europe/FACT/The Design Initiative/Reebok UK /The University of Liverpool/ Manchester Museum/The Green Room/Urban Splash/North West Arts/Russell Carney Hairdressing/Oldham Art Gallery/Contact Theatre/The Northern Quarter/Marketing Manchester/Virgin Megastore Geese Clothing/Visual Arts Venues (NW)Bury Art Gallery Museum + Archive/Arts About Manchester/The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester/Play It Again Sam Records/Baseline Magazine UK/Emigre Magazine USA/Factory Records Manchester. He has also had work featured in the Frankfurt Book Fair and published work in the Best of European book design in 2006. Since 2004 he has worked at the University of Salford, lecturing to undergraduate and postgraduate students across the school of Art and Design. John has written a Masters course in Typography for the School, and recently completed MA In Design and Art Direction. He is currently undertaking a PhD. This project will posit a question of how to visualise the creative gesture of a city. Every city has its own creative story. The subject matter to be explored in this project will be curated from recordings of past and present narratives. Data will then be transposed using digital technologies with the aim to present a gallery of coded interconnected emotional information that is revealed from the content of a creative space. The project contains a high level of collaboration, and includes projects with colleagues working in Computer Science, Acoustics, Geo Tagging technology and Visual Arts. He has also contributed research data for the scoping document of the University theme of Memory Text and Place In 2010 John set up a new national typographic research group in conjunction with Birmingham City University. The group has members from universities across the country. A series of type based symposia are planned fro 2011/2012. John is also coordinating the Salford University presentation of a forthcoming typographic exhibition to be presented February 2012 in MediaCity.

PhD (from University of Salford, 2009). Study for PhD commenced October 2009. To be completed 2014 The subject matter is the visual representation of narrative and gesture MA Design and Art Direction (from Manchester Metropolitan University, 2009) PGCE Higher Education Practice and Research (from The University of Salford , 2005). BA (Hons) Graphic Design (from Liverpool JMU, 1990).


Latest Additions

  1. The aesthetic experience of the city: A practice-based research project created to illustrate the collective creative dynamic of a place
  2. Prestwich and Whitefield timeline
  3. A birthday card for Al
  4. Typed art
  5. Research and practice
  6. Type tarts
  7. The emotive city
  8. Typographic audio project
  9. The research bulletin
  10. Mapping creative Manchester

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1John Rooney: visible narratives935
2Psychogeographic sitiationist posters755
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4The emotive city, a PechaKucha presentation Media, Digital Technology & the Creative Economy Theme workshop462
5An interview conducted and recorded for a podcast as part of University of Salford/Acoustics department Aeolus outreach project441
6Aeolus typographic identity441
7The narrative of creativity in the city414
8Memory, text and place 402
9Typographic research group396
10House of Caslon393