Russell Bestley

Dr Russell Bestley

Course Director, MA Graphic Design
London College of Communication
University of the Arts London

Telephone: 020 7514 8498 / 8045


Expertise: punk, music graphics, graphic design

About: Russ Bestley's areas of specialist interest include graphic design research methods, information design and British popular culture, in particular late Twentieth Century popular and alternative music. He has co-authored and designed a number of publications, including Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design (AVA Academia 2004, revised 2nd edition 2011), Up Against the Wall: International Poster Design (RotoVision 2002) and Experimental Layout (RotoVision 2001), and has contributed articles to publications including Eye magazine, Zed, Émigré, The National Grid and the Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Modern World. He is currently working on a new book, The Art of Punk, to be published by the Elephant Book Company and Omnibus Press in 2012. His PhD thesis, entitled Hitsville UK: Punk Rock and Graphic Design in the Faraway Towns, 1976-84, was completed in 2008 and led to several publications, a website, and exhibitions in London, Southampton, Blackpool and Leeds. He is also on the editorial board of a new academic journal of Punk and Post Punk, published by Intellect Ltd, launched at the University of Leeds, November 2011.

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