Professor of Design
The experience that I contribute to design comes from my regular ‘day job’ as a calligrapher and lettering artist. I am a part-time professor, writer, and thinker about the future and history of writing in a digital age.
I have had very contrasting experiences that have contributed to this interest which range from living as a Benedictine monk for several years to working as a consultant to Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Laboratory in California. Xerox PARC is the research lab that developed the concept of Windows, the look and feel of the interactive graphical user interface, the Ethernet, and the laser printer amongst many other key aspects of our digital environment.
My book on the history of writing The Golden Thread was published by Atlantic in 2013 and has been translated into several other languages. I am also interested in the practice of craftsmanship and this is the main focus of my current research.
Teaching and supervision
My teaching is mostly delivered in the form of lectures across the course or as help for students with specific projects.
Research interests for potential research students
Clayton, Ewan (2021) The virtual and the real. Digital culture and the body in the study of handwriting. Open Information Science, 5 (1). pp. 11-26. ISSN 2451-1781
Clayton, Ewan (2019) A brief history of writing materials and technologies. The British Library Website.
Clayton, Ewan (2015) Clayton, Ewan (2015) Primary Text commentary, ‘Visiting Edward Johgnston’. The Journal of Modern Craft (8-3). pp. 373-383. The Journal of Modern Craft, 8 (3). pp. 373-383. ISSN 1749-6772
Clayton, Ewan (2015) ‘Visiting Edward Johnston: commentary on a primary text’. The Journal of Modern Craft, 8 (3). pp. 383-389. ISSN 1749-6772
Clayton, Ewan (2017) John Baskerville the Writing Master: Calligraphy and Type in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. In: John Baskerville: Art and Industry in the Enlightenment. Eighteenth-Century Worlds (7). University of Liverpool Press, Liverpool, pp. 113-133. ISBN 9781786940643
Clayton, Ewan (2013) Edward Johnston: Appearing in Tipografía Laitinoamericana. In: Tipografía Laitinoamericana. Wolkowicz Editores, South America, pp. 32-43. ISBN 978-987-28453-3-9
Clayton, Ewan (2012) ‘The Burgert Handpresse’ in BIBLIOLOGIA An International Journal of Bibliography, Library Science, History of Typography and the Book. In: BIBLIOLOGIA An International Journal of Bibliography, Library Science, History of Typography and the Book. Fabrizio Serra editore, Pisa-Rome, pp. 177-194. ISBN 1824-7733
Conference or Workshop Item
Ling, Manny and Clayton, Ewan (2011) "Working with the Text" Writing 2011 International Calligraphy Symposium. In: Writing Symposium 2011, 24th-30th July, University of Sunderland. (Submitted)
Collier, Mike, Clayton, Ewan, Cockburn, Ken, cowton, Jeff, Flint-Sato, Christine, Kunial, Zaffar, Kono, Eiichi, Ling, Manny, Mchugh, Chris, Monta, Nobuya, Panneels, Inge, Richardson, Andrew, Sakamoto, Nao, Skelton, Richard, Richardson, Autumn, Tani, Ayako, Thompson, Brian and Mckay, Carol (2014) Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets. May - Nov 2014, Dove Cottage: The Wordsworth Museum.
Clayton, Ewan (2010) La Poetica Dello Spazio Scritto -The Poetics of Written Space. La Poetica dello Spazio Scritto, 2 October -31 October 2010, Venice, Italy.
Clayton, Ewan (2001) Spring Lines, Contemporary Calligraphy East and West. , Princes Foundation, London; Ditchling Museum, Sussex, UK.
Ling, Manny and Clayton, Ewan (2009) "Lines of Continuity" Writing 2009 International Calligraphy Symposium. The University of Sunderland, The University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)