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Gavin Ambrose


  • Room 358, Grand Parade

    BN2 0JY Brighton

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Personal profile

Approach to teaching

I teach through a series of different pedagogic activities focussed around workshops and activity led sessions aimed at empowering learners. I have used this approach in the delivery of taught activity and in the devlopment of commissioned work and conferences. 

These ‘open’ workshop sessions I run promote engagement and equality for learners and aim to inform my own professional practice and approach to teaching. This method is based, in part, on the teachings of Jean-Pol Martin, who pioneered the LdL method of teaching (Lernen durch Lehren or Learning by Teaching) where peers are encouraged to teach one another.

I have ran a series of workshops where staff instigate the activity and then assist with the students, but latterly, with an interest in Vygotsky’s theories have ran workshops where a cohort of students run the workshop. The basic principle is summarized as “The one who does the talking, does the learning” and sees the student teacher role challenged.


Scholarly biography

Since 2005 I have authored and designed my own series of books on design and design theory for Bloomsbury Press London and New York. My works have been translated into Chinese, Korean, German, French, Spanish and Greek.

Selected published works

Basics Design 01: Format 9782940373284
Basics Design 02: Layout 9782940373345
Basics Design 03: Typography 9782940373352
Basics Design 04: Image 9782940439102 
Basics Design 05: Colour 9782940439119 
Basics Design 06: Print and Finish 9782940439126 
Basics Design 07: Grids 9782940439133 
Basics Design 08: Design Thinking 9782940439386

The Visual Dictionary of Pre-press and Production 9782940439812 

The Layout Book 9782940439690 

Packaging the Brand 9782940411412

The Fundamentals of Typography 9782940447244 
The Fundamentals of Graphic Design 978294043903
The Fundamentals of Creative Design 9782940439645 
The Fundamentals of Interactive Design 9782940447480 with Michael Salmond 

The Production Manual 9782940373635 

Basics Graphic Design 01: Approach and Language 9782940439737 with Nigel Aono-Billson
Basics Graphic Design 02: Design Research 9782940447381 with Neil Leonard
Basics Graphic Design 03: Idea Generation  9782940447428 with Neil Leonard

Design Genius – The Ways and Workings of Creatives

British Book Design & Production Awards

In 2006 my Basics Design series won best branded book series.
In 2007 Basic Design: Print & Finish won best Tertiary Education book
In 2008 The Production Manual: A Graphic Design Handbook won best Tertiary Education book
In 2008 The Fundamentals Series (AVA Publishing) won best Scholarly, Academic &
Reference title
In 2015 Design Genius was nominated for Scholarly, Academic & Reference title


Education/Academic qualification

2018 → …

Master, University of the Arts London

External positions

External Examiner, Oxford Brookes University


External Examiner, University of Essex


Artistic Assessor

2017 → …

Elected Member

2016 → …

Member, Sustainable Development Working Group


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Research Output 2001 2018

Layout for Graphic Designers: An Introduction

Ambrose, G. & Harris, P. 8 Mar 2018 London. 208 p. (Basics Design)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Visual Communication
Bruce Mau Design

The Layout Book

Ambrose, G. & Harris, P. 24 Nov 2018 2 ed. China. 208 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Print Media
Digital Media
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Basics Design: Print and Finish

Ambrose, G. 31 Dec 2017 2 ed. China. 184 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

youth press
English language

Metropolitan Workshop Identity and Visual Language

Ambrose, G. 1 Jan 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDesign

Visual languages
Technical presentations

The Layout Book, 2nd edition

Ambrose, G. 10 Oct 2017 China. 208 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Historical Overview