Scott Joseph

Index (Under the Sign)

N.B. Images on the index page are currently undergoing re-categorisation and naming to associate to an already existent artifact or status.

Selected Work

Printed Matter:

Public Lecture Series
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
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 uses 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 concerns the muted purpose of both printed and screen based surfaces and how they function to condition image and language construction—in-line to technological obsolescence and its affects on both wider material culture and social interaction, whereby an inter-relation between content and its visual formalisation resultantly emerges.

In conjunction, an engagement in human behaviour within built environments is explored, a methodology which co-opts how composition of space brings together sequential connections between what is cognate and visible or realised, with output hinting towards renewed kinds of meaning for what is considered either an image, text or object.

Trained initially at the LCC in London 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, and have been included in New York's Museum of Modern Art Library and Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum Archive, as well as part of the 25th and 27th editions of the Brno Biennale, Czech Republic. Additionally, I have collaborated with a range of institutes and people as a graphic designer, artist and writer/editor, including: Goethe Institute, Amsterdam, NL; Wellcome Collection, London, UK; Pump House Gallery, London, UK; Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, NL; Goldsmiths, University of London, UK; and Perdu Literary Foundation, Amsterdam, NL.

In 2017 I kept a visual and inter-textual based column in the International Typographic and Graphic Arts journal, IDEA, 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 was supported by the Stimuleringsfonds, the Netherlands.

Previous pedagogical and research practice in the discipline of Graphic Design includes: 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); Bucks New University, UK (2018), and University of Greenwich, UK (2019–20), in various capacities as: Lecturer, Associate Lecturer, and Visiting and Guest Tutor, with grants and stipends received from: Fonds BKVB, NL; Amsterdam Fonds Voor De Kunst, NL; UCA Research Fund, UK; Mondriaan Fonds, NL; Norsk Kulturfond, NO and Stimuleringsfonds, NL.

Selected Activities


Lecturer, Graphic Design, University of Greenwich, 2019–20

Under the Sign
Stimuleringsfonds, NL, 2019

'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

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—2020

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Language Without Place

Images depicting both vernacular and applied examples of typography found within the built environment act as a primary outline to question the purpose of information and its visualisation within economic and socially democratic and capitalist systems, challenging the role of societal meritocracy and class structure, and prompting thought toward non-canonical forms of writing—while also enquiring with image narrative sequencing that functions as a historical yet 'lived' biographical format.

"In such short lines are the movement of time, populous and even the weather, in which exist similar, if not exacting traits of occurrence. The same might be said of every segregated anachronistic letter, of every typographic arrangement primarily, but also of the thought and writing of every configuration of every piece of communication, be it typed or written, by every person in the world throughout history."

' Language Without Place', originally produced for the '27th Brno Biennale' catalogue.

Moravian Gallery
Brno, CZ

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