Mr Ben Archer

Job: Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Communication Arts

Faculty: Technology

School/department: Leicester Media School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8291




Personal profile

Ben Archer’s specialism is in teaching typography and publication design, but he is fully deployed across all three years of the degree programme; he has responsibility for curriculum development in visual communication studies Yr1, in addition to the popular Yr2 packaging elective and the professional practice module in Yr3. To facilitate this Ben arranges external industry liaisons involving local design businesses and visiting guest lecturers, sometimes from multinational businesses. Ben has also piloted software masterclasses, local design awards and internships, interdisciplinary projects and lectures on the course.

Research interests/expertise

  • Visual communication
  • Graphic design
  • Typography 
  • Typeface design
  • Typographic history
  • Publication design
  • Professional practice
  • Industrial liaison (internships and placements)
  • International networking
  • Design futures 
  • Courseware resourcing and teaching ability

Areas of teaching

Module tutor, Tech1501 Communication Practice
Module tutor, Critical & Contextual Studies, BA (Hons) Graphic Design


  • BA Hons Graphic Design
  • MA Hons Art & Design

Courses taught

  • Graphic Design BA (Hons)
  • Graphic Design and Illustration BA (Hons)

Membership of external committees

New Zealand Qualifications Authority 2007-09, contracting external course monitor.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Typographic Circle, UK. 2011-2012, Professional member. 
  • St Bride Library, London. 2007-2012. Friend of the library.
  • Indesign User Group, Auckland & London chapters. 2007-2012. Member.
  • The Australian Graphic Design Association 2007-10. Professional member.
  • The New Zealand Illustrator’s Guild 1996-2000. Professional member.

Conference attendance

St. Bride Library one-day conferences July and November 2011.
Cheltenham Design Festival April 2012.

Other forms of public presentation:
Adobe Campus Days October 2010 and 2011, DMU.

Consultancy work

Contracted editor/proofreader for [2nd] English edition ‘Letter Fountain’, Taschen, 2011.

Externally funded research grants information

Courtaulds-DMU Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) 008211; ‘Gossard & Berlei Branded Social Media’. TSB funded. 24-month KTP. 6/2/11 – 6/2/13. Academic lead/supervisor.

Dr Nick Higgett, secondary academic lead, Dr Tracy Harwood.

Professional esteem indicators

Journal Refereeing information

Article reviews for the Journal of Material Thinking, 2011 

Other Reviewing Activities

‘Letter Fountain Review’ 
Articles summer 2011, published online at 
‘Letter Fountain Review’
Ultrabold journal of the St. Bride Library Autumn 2011

Case studies

December 2010. The 100types site (my MA project from 2007) was referenced in an extract from 'Just My Type' by Simon Garfield published by The Guardian online.


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