Job: Programme Leader BA (Hons) Communication Arts
School/department: Leicester Media School
Address: Gateway House 5.21, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH
T: +44 (0)116 207 8291
Ben Archer is Programme Leader for the innovative, new applied media programme Communication Arts BA (Hons) and also teaches on the Media Production BSc (Hons) within the Leicester Media School. He also runs specialist publishing workshops on the Journalism BA (Hons) and the Fashion & Textiles MA (Hons).
He has worked as a graphic designer and academic in NZ and the UK for most of his life; successfully combining visual communications studio practice with contextual and critical studies at all levels (foundation, certificate, diploma, degree and postgrad) and with very diverse student populations.
His first move on being hired at DMU's Graphic Design BA (Hons) was to set up annual Adobe Roadshow Campus Days and a programme of national status guest speakers. His second was to plan and initiate the popular Amsterdam Study Trip. His third was to develop and introduce the Starpack Student Award-winning yr2 packaging elective module.
Ben likes to set live projects that leverage industry involvement and challenge students to think divergently and execute accurately.
Practice-Based Doctoral Training ProgrammeInstitute of Creative Technologies (IoCT)Leicester Media School
The Trinity Chapel Lettering Project
Online PhD project blog, November 2017
Two Types: The Faces of Britain
Featured interview with design historian Mark Ovenden in BBC4 documentary broadcast 2017, 2018, 2019, estimated initial audience 300,000. A section of the programme was based on Archer's original research for Eric Gill Got it Wrong.
Very British Types: Johnston & Gill
Public lecture & exhibition with Mark Ovenden, Leicester Print Workshop,
28 February 2017
What does British typography look like?
Fonts at the Font series of public lectures, January - April 2016https://archertype.co.uk
Eric Gill got it wrong Designer magazine #14 p.25 2007 Blueprint Media Pty ISBN 8-885001-130145.
Subsequently published online at
and translated into Mandarin Chinese in 2011
Editor, 2nd edition [English] Taschen, 2015
The readers respond
Emigré magazine #65 p.121 2003
Princeton Architectural Press ISBN 1-56898-433-2
TECH1501 Communication Practice
TECH2502 Communication Challenges
TECH3010 Technology Project (including dissertation supervision)
TECH3026 Creative Entrepreneurship
Review panelist, Visual Communications BA programmes, Sussex Coast College Hastings. University of Brighton, East Sussex. 2018
External examiner, Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Media Production, Lincoln University 2014 - 2018
Revalidation panel member, Business and Media Production Foundation Degree, Newman University, Birmingham. 2014
Revalidation panel member, BA (Hons) Graphic Design & BA (Hons) Illustration courses, University of Cumbria, Carlisle. 2013
The Trinity Chapel Lettering Project
PhD project blog, November 2017
Convenor, Seb Lester guest lecture 2013‘Peace Hellfire & Tits’
BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration courses, De Montfort University.
Typographic consultancy, Cook Ltd. Sittingbourne UK 2016
Courtaulds-DMU Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) 008211; ‘Gossard & Berlei Branded Social Media’.
TSB funded. 24-month KTP. 2011-2013.
Delivered £16K of funding direct to school. Generated turnover of £1M within 14 months.
Graded B+ by the TSB.
Archers’ Modell, 5.2.4 pp221 - 226 in Klassenlose Schrift
PhD publication by Prof. Jörg Petri, Rhine-Waal University, Cologne, Germany 2019
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