John Hudson

Course Director

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

John is a UK based graphic designer, educator and researcher. He’s worked and freelanced in a number of high profile design studios for clients such as Sony, Nike, Toshiba, SAP and the BBC. Throughout his work John enjoys playing with ideas, mediums and process, resulting in a broad portfolio of work and outcomes. He has a deep interest in User Experience (UX) within the context of education and practice.

John is Course Director for Visual Communication at Staffordshire University and is completing a PhD with the working title of ‘Effects of User Interface on the Human Lived Experience’. He has an MA in Sustainable Graphic Communication, awarded with distinction and a first class BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in the past was Programme leader for MA Digital Media at University of Worcester and taught visual communication at Newcastle College and Stafford College.

Professional memberships and activities

Fellow - Higher Education Academy
International Society of Type Designers
Editorial Design Organisation
GDEN - Graphic Design Educators Network member
European Association of Communications Agencies (EDCOM)

Academic qualifications

PhD – Current. 'Effects of user Interface on the Human Lived Experience. Current

MA Sustainable Graphic Communication (Distinction) 2013

BA Hons Graphic Design (First Class) 2007

PgCHPE (Distinction) 2016

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016


Graphic Design
Visual Communication

Research interests

Speaker at:

Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability Announced

Institute for Environmental Studies Amsterdam. Conference on economic, cultural, Social and Sustainability conference. 2021

Canterbury Christ Church University. Fierce Urgency of Now Conference, 2020

Manchester Metropolitan University. Sustainability within the Curriculum Conference 2017

Staff Research Conference: Staffordshire University, 2017

HEA education for sustainability Conference. Plymouth 2015

Keele University Student Activism Conference 2014

Keele Student Sustainability Conference 2013.

International design and sustainability conference Hiroshima, Japan 2013

Enterprise and commercial interests

Active Industry networker, developing internship and placement opportunites for undergraduates.
Freelance designer


Graphic Design and Illustration


  • HUDSON, John (2013) A Green Light for Change: Evolving visual communication curriculum to encourage student led activism. In: Student Action for Sustainability Conference. 29th-30thOctober 2013, Keele University.

  • HUDSON, John (2013) The Future of the Responsible Designer. In: Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, 23-25 January 2013, Hiroshima, Japan.

  • HUDSON, John (2012) Can Graphic Design Save The World. Computer Arts, 204. pp. 30-31. ISSN 1360-5372

  • HUDSON, John (2012) Responsible Designer. In: Typo Berlin - International Design Talks 'Sustain', 18.05.12, Berlin, Germany.

  • HUDSON, John (2012) Twenty Four Six. In: 24/6. , London England, pp. 23-24.

  • HUDSON, John (2011) Ubiquitous Learning Conference. Berkeley California – Using

  • Technology to embed responsible learning methods.

  • International Perspectives on Art and Design Pedagogy. Leeds University October (2010). ?

  • Creative Review Blog Feature: (2010). Project entitled ‘Litmus’

  • 2nd International Design Conference: 'Sustainability & Responsibility in Pedagogy’, conference Plymouth attended January 2014

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020