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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: 14.

Conference or Workshop Item

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 978-1-906832-20-9


Ling, Manny (2008) Calligraphy Across Boundaries. Post-Doctoral thesis, The university of Sunderland.


Ling, Manny (2018) Crossing Boundaries, The Calligraphic Work of Manny Ling. [Show/Exhibition]

Ling, Manny (2014) 'My Word' International Calligraphy Exhibition, Askøy, Norway, February 2014. [Show/Exhibition]

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. [Show/Exhibition]

Ling, Manny (2013) “Inscapes of Beauty” (from ‘Their Colours and their Forms’ exhibition). [Show/Exhibition]

Ling, Manny (2013) Letters after Lindisfarne. [Show/Exhibition]

Ling, Manny (2011) “Pyrographic calligraphy”. [Show/Exhibition]

Ling, Manny (2008) ‘SCIENCE’ (Design4Science exhibition). [Show/Exhibition]

Ling, Manny, Gregg, Carl, Hutchinson, James and MacDonald, Alistair Leonardo Objects Group show. [Show/Exhibition]


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

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 Sat Sep 26 09:07:36 2020 BST.
  • Calligraphy
  • Lettering
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Practices

Last updated 26 June 2020

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