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Jonathan Hamilton

Jonathan Hamilton

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Graphic Design


Jonathan is Joint Module Leader for Year Two, Graphic Design, and he teaches at all levels of the undergraduate programme and into the MA Graphic Design course. His specialism is graphic design and he also contributes to IT coordination within the subject.

Current projects

ScreenDress – This collaborative project between Dance, Fashion and Motion Graphics involves embedding motion graphics inside a fashion garment for dance performance, using Chromatte keying fabric. The audience watch a dance performance both on stage and on screen, viewing the dancer and garment fused with motion graphics inside the fabric. The project is in early testing and early prototype stages.

Career overview

Jonathan would welcome approaches from research students on the following subjects:

  • Interactive Environments and Interfaces
  • Animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Short Film Making
  • Illustration
  • Fashion and Textiles Products
  • Integrated new Media.

Research areas

Jonathan is currently focusing on projects that incorporate the relationship between new digital technologies and four closely related themes:

  • interactive dance spaces
  • music video
  • VJ-ing with new approaches to screens and projection
  • guerrilla short film making.

He is particularly interested in how digital video has opened up new opportunities for people to now work with video and motion graphics.

He is exploring high definition video, creative HD filming and post production with integrated animation. He is particularly interested on the impact of shooting in progressive mode, especially in DV and HDV, giving far more opportunity to control and manipulate the moving image. Jonathan is also looking at motion capture and motion sensing and how motion can control video through interactive installation.

Graphic Design

External activity

  • 1999-current, Visiting Lecturer, Motion Graphics, Ravensbourne College of Art, and The Royal College of Art (Textile Department).
  • 2003, Presenter, British Apple Mac Show, Expo Creative Seminar and Workshops.
  • 2001-2002, External Moderator, London Open College Network, Portfolio Apprenticeship in Web Design, and Design for the Internet.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • ScreenDress - A research project with the Design and Performance Lab (DAP). Principle research collaborators are: Michele Danjoux (Fashion Design), Nottingham Trent University; and Johannes Birringer (Choreography), Brunel University, London.
  • Jonathan has also collaborated with London-based band Eskimo Disco to make the music Promo Eskimo Disco - Let the Music.


Hamilton, J. (2013). Agile Thinking in Motion Graphics Practice and its potential for Design Education, in Proceedings of the Design Research Society Cumulus 2013. The 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers. Design Learning for Tomorrow, Design Education from Kindergarten to PhD, May 14-17, 2013, Oslo, Norway, 715-730. Norway, ABM-media

Hamilton, J. (2010). Student design interfaces infused with a flavour of urban Central England, in Conference proceedings 6th Education Conference DesignEd Asia, Asian Culture; Preserve the Past Create the Future. November 30 - 1 December 2010 Hong Kong. Hong Kong Design Institute

Hamilton, J. (2010). Dipping 1200 toes into the pool of immersive interaction design, in Conference Create 10, innovative interactions, 30 June- 2 July 2010, Edinburgh, 89-90. Loughborough, The Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors.

Hamilton, J. (2007). ScreenDress a canvas for the moving image, in Conference proceedings of the 9th Annual International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes 2007, Extreme Fashion, Pushing the boundaries of design, technology and business, April 12-15 2007, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 248-265. London, The Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design (cltad)

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