Back to profiles

More in Staff Profiles
Simon Emery Graphic Design

Simon Emery

Simon Emery is a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design and is the Level 4 Year Coordinator. After graduating from The Kent Institute of Art and Design, Simon Emery worked at the studio of Neville Brody from 1991 to 1995. During this time he managed projects from a diverse range of clients including: The Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Festival Hall, The United Nations, Agfa International, Germany’s Haus Der Kulturen, Japan’s Korakuen theme park, Font Shop International and The Font Bureau in the USA.

Whilst working for Neville Brody an experimental approach to creative problem solving developed. Process techniques included the digital integration of type and image through photography and mixed media image manipulation.

After leaving Neville Brody’s studio, Emery set up his own freelance practice. Between 1995 -2000 he worked primarily for the music industry, clients included: Island Records, Sony Music, Polygram, London Records, R and S Records Belgium, On-U Sound, Dorado and All Good Vinyl. His record sleeves crossed the musical boundaries of Electronica, Dub Music, Jazz, HipHop, TripHop and Jungle. Art work formats included: 12”, LP, CD sleeves, billboards, posters, banners and press ads.

From 1998 -2004 Emery was a member of the illustration group called ‘Heart’. Darrel Rees, director of the illustration agency Heart, explains Simon Emery’s method of image making as follows: His rigorous approach to research for his design projects readily translated into an articulate problem solving approach to illustration. His layering of elements within the image sets up a hierarchy of information, allowing him to tackle complex subject matter in an informative manner.

Previous clients include: Newsweek, BBC, Thames & Hudson, Cinven, Range Rover, Condé Nast, The University of Brighton, The Economist, The Guardian, The Independent, Radio Times and New Scientist.

New Direction: Yoga Teacher and Researcher

Simon Emery graduated from the Life Centre Yoga Teacher Training Course in November 2008. He is therefore a recognised British Wheel of Yoga Teacher.

Simon’s Yoga classes are in the Classical tradition. A combination of Hatha, Raja and Vinyasa styles that are well sequenced with appropriate preparation and counter poses for the more challenging postures. His classes have a strong emphasis on pranayama (yogic breathing), guided visualisation, meditation and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation). 

Simon Emery has recently completed a research project which was funded by a Creativity Fellowship Award. The central component of the research project was the development of an Extension Study Programme provocatively titled: “Training Your Mind: A Practical Exploration of Creative Thinking Systems.” The research project’s principal aims were to provide answers to the following questions:

– What are the benefits of including Systematic Creative Thinking Techniques into the MDes course curriculum?
– Can current MDes teaching and learning practices be enhanced through the findings of this project?
– How effective are creative thinking systems at stimulating student exploration, invention and innovation?
– How do creative thinking techniques expand perception and enhance creative 
output?
– Which specific creative thinking techniques were the most effective?
– How beneficial are specific Yogic meditation practices at enhancing concentration, awareness and intuition.

The findings of this research project will be outlined in a presentation at The Creativity Centre, located within the Centre for Design Technology. Date to be confirmed.