Scott Joseph


Selected Work

Printed Matter:

The Beginning of Forms
Companion Planting
Times Maker
Skeleton Argument
The Tone Is Theirs
Mark & Measure


Language Without Place
For As Far As I Can See
Alphabetical Pareidolia
Mute Written Orchestration


Found When Out I
Found When Out II
Combination Prints
Spirit Level
Display Unit


Speech Flies Away, Written Words Remain
Like A Tongue That Tried To Speak
A-Z Directions
Notes On A White Painting


Yet to be filed

My practice as a designer takes an enduring relationship with typographic led processes as a basis to explore how a message operates. Predominant is to question the role of all forms of communication, and how translation processes (through both visual and semantic based material) become evident via myriad types of editorial activity.

A central aspect within my work concerns the muted purpose of printed surfaces, and how they function to condition image and language construction.

These fundamental elements outline a broader engagement in human behaviour within built environments, and how together relationships are elicited between what is cognate and visible or realised, resultantly hinting towards renewed kinds of meaning for what is considered either an image, text or object.

I graduated from the graphic design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2009, and have exhibited print based work at London's Tate Modern (Offprint, 2015), and have been included in New York's Museum of Modern Art Library (2012) and Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum Archive (2012), as well as part of the 25th and 27th editions of the Brno Biennale, Czech Republic (2012, 2016).

In 2017 I kept a visual and inter-textual based column in IDEA magazine, Tokyo, Japan, and was a designer in residence at Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway.

In 2018 my 'Alphabetical Pareidolia' project was profiled in AIGA magazine, NYC, US.

In 2019 my typographic research is supported by the Stimuleringsfonds, the Netherlands.

I have taught graphic design at University for the Creative Arts, UK (2014); University of East London, UK (2015); ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, NL (2016); Arts University Bournemouth, UK (2017); and Bucks New University, UK (2018), in various capacities as: Lecturer, Associate Lecturer, and Visiting and Guest Tutor, and have recieved grants and stipends for my practice from: Fonds BKVB, NL; Amsterdam Fonds Voor De Kunst, NL; UCA Research Fund, UK; Mondriaan Fonds, NL; Norsk Kulturfond, NO and Stimuleringsfonds, NL.

Currently I am Lecturer in Graphic Design at University of Greenwich, London—within its Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and as part of its School of Design. In addition, I contribute on an ongoing basis to IDEA magazine, the international journal for Graphic Arts and Typography.

Selected Activities


1.0 Lecturer, BA Graphic Design
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Design
University of Greenwich, London

Under the Sign
Stimuleringsfonds, NL, 2019

Official vs Unofficial Language
Idea magazine, Tokyo, Japan, ongoing


Type and Image Tutor
B.A Graphic Design
Bucks New University, UK, Autumn, 2018

'Alphabetical Pareidolia'
AIGA Eye on Design No.2 (Print Issue)
New York, US, 2018

Petshop Doorbell
I.C.W. Felicia von Zweigbergk
Amsterdam, NL, July, 2018

The Beginning of Forms
Published by Rogaland Kunstsenter
Stavanger, Norway, July, 2018

Geraldo Dos Santos
I.C.W. Geraldo Dos Santos
Amsterdam, NL, April, 2018

So Far So Real
I.C.W. Radna Rumping
Amsterdam, NL, September, 2017

Rogaland Kunstsenter
Stavanger, NO, July, 2017

Times Maker
Hit Gallery
Geneva, CH, June, 2017

Companion Planting
Goldsmiths, UOL Allotment
London, UK, June, 2017

Language Without Place
IDEA Magazine, Issues No. 376–379
Tokyo, JP, January, April, July, October, 2017

Skeleton Argument
Wellcome Collection
London, UK, 2016

27th Brno Biennale
Brno, CZ, 2016


Things We Didn't Have Before
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park
London, UK, 2015

Under The Sign
Platform for Contemporary Art
Amsterdam, NL, 2014

Goethe Institute
Amsterdam, NL, 2014

No is the Only Word in A-Z
Perdu Foundation
Amsterdam, NL, 2012

Mute Written Orchestration
Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture
Maastricht, NL, 2012

X Marks The Bokship
London, UK, 2012

San Serriffe
Amsterdam, NL, 2011

The Object Lag
Nieuwe Vide
Haarlem, NL, 2010

GRA magazine
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Amsterdam, NL, 2009

(c) 2008—2019

Mark & Measure

Utilising typographic measurement a printed ruler is constructed by layering each independent element of the letter-press printing process into a singular image, i.e. by raising the invisible parts (cyan, magenta, and yellow) to the same height as the visible or printable area, i.e. (black).

Invoked is how our relationship to access and authority is conduced, as well as how the communicable and non-communicable factions from which language is constructed are pertinent for understanding not only the pragmatic processes of analogue print-making but, also to distance, time and the equanimity of practice.

London Design Festival
London, UK, 2008