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Dr Manny Ling

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Programme Leader MA Design

I am Programme Leader for MA Design and also teach on BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

My research interests include calligraphy, typography, visual communication and cross-cultural discourses.

I am the design editor for two international calligraphy journals: the EDGE from the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) and the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (SSI). My artwork is exhibited around the world and appears in numerous publications. I obtained my PhD ‘Calligraphy Across Boundaries’ in 2008 and was awarded, in the same year, the Honorary Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (HFCLAS) for my contribution to the advancement and development of calligraphy.

I am the Director of the International Research Centre for Calligraphy (IRCC) and I have curated numerous international calligraphy symposia, exhibitions and publications. I am also a designer and typographer and a full member of the Typographic Circles and Letter Exchange.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader for MA Design and also teach on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design. I also supervise PhD students across the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries.

I specialise in print-based media, calligraphy, lettering, typographic design, editorial design and visual communication.

Research interests for potential research students

Cross cultural practices, calligraphy, typography, visual communication.


My research deals mainly on cross-cultural practices, paying particular interests in western calligraphy and East Asian practices. I am also a graphic designer and typograher. I enjoy working with letterforms, be it digital or hand-made.

Being a Chinese person practising Western art and design has had a profound influence on my life. I am fascinated by the theme of contrasts and contradictions in my work: handmade and digital, East and West, old and new, energy and stillness.


Number of items: 16.

Conference or Workshop Item

Ling, Manny (2015) Rethinking Digital Futures: NEoN Mini Symposium. In: NEoN mini-symposium, 13 November 2015, Dundee, UK.

Ling, Manny (2012) ‘Calligraphy Across Boundaries’. In: International Calligraphy Conference, 15 - 22 Jun 2012, University of Kankannpaa in Finland.

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 and Ling, Manny (2014) Wordsworth & Basho—Walking Poets. Art Editions North, England, UK. ISBN 9781906832209


Ling, Manny Calligraphy Across Boundaries. Post-Doctoral thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


Ling, Manny (2018) Crossing Boundaries, The Calligraphic Work of Manny Ling. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 12 Apr-24 Jun 2018, Hong Kong.

Ling, Manny (2014) 'My Word' International Calligraphy Exhibition, Askøy, Norway, February 2014. 'My Word', 7th to 14th March 2014, Askøy Gallerie, Askøy, Norway.

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.

Ling, Manny (2013) “Inscapes of Beauty” (from ‘Their Colours and their Forms’ exhibition). Their Colours and Their Forms: Artists’ Responses to Wordsworth, 2 Feb – 10 Mar 2013, Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere.

Ling, Manny (2013) Letters after Lindisfarne. Letters After Lindisfarne, Nov 25 - 20 Dec 2013, Design Centre Gallery- University of Sunderland.

Ling, Manny (2011) “Pyrographic calligraphy”. Virus Bad News Wrapped in Protein, 9 Sep - 9 Oct 2011, St John's College Oxford..

Ling, Manny (2008) ‘SCIENCE’ (Design4Science exhibition). Design4Science Exhibition, 6th Feb 2008 to 30 Nov 2009, Various.

Ling, Manny, Gregg, Carl, Hutchinson, James and MacDonald, Alistair Leonardo Objects Group show. leonardo objects, 1 February - 6 May 2019, sunderland museum & wintergardens.


Ling, Manny (2018) Crossing Boundaries [Research Portfolio]. Caligraphy.

Ling, Manny (2017) Writing 2017: International Calligraphy Symposium. Kyoto, Kansai Seminar House.

Ling, Manny and Clayton, Ewan (2009) "Lines of Continuity" Writing 2009 International Calligraphy Symposium. The University of Sunderland, The University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Thu Jul 29 00:19:58 2021 BST.
  • Calligraphy
  • Lettering
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Practices

Last updated 11 May 2021

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