Led by Dr Nichola Dobson, the Lines : Design(ing) Stories group has a broad interest in narrative and storytelling which incorporates process, practice and structure. 

We are interested in how and why we tell stories in and through visual and material culture.

We have a multi-disciplinary approach to research, with outputs in talks, workshops, collaborative research and, eventually, new courses.


The inaugural seminar of the Lines : Design(ing) Stories research group took place on Thursday 28th January 2016.

Describing some of the challenges of the Bedford Place Map participatory project, ‘A Letter to my Project’ was delivered by Alys Scott-Hawkins, an award-winning animated documentary maker who uses drawing to explore the world and to hunt out difficult and unusual stories.

The seminar opened up discussion about the relationships we all have with our work and what we learn from things which do not turn out as planned.

Please contact the group if you are interested in talking at one of our events, exploring the stories developed in and through visual and material culture.

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