Myrna MacLeod

Myrna MacLeod

Myrna MacLeod

Senior Lecturer in Design & Programme Leader BDes(Hons) Graphic Design

Biography

I have over 25 years experience as a designer and educator in the USA, UK and Europe. I founded and lead the BDes(Hons) Graphic design programme since 2007. Students on the programme have won over 30 national awards since 2011, the first graduating year. My experience of working creatively and teaching in other parts of the world bring a strong international focus to the programme I lead. I have a particular interest in how design can improve society globally and locally, and how engaging communities in the way design can do this allows people to take ownership of ways in which they can improve their lives. I worked as an editorial designer at a national newspaper in Scotland, and as a graphic designer in the UK and USA. My research interests lie in the territory of public engagement through the creation of advocacy, and how graphic design can play a part in solving social and health issues globally through better and more specific communication. Currently I am working with civil society groups and UNICEF in Northern Mozambique on the implementation of a series of graphic messages which encourage people to be more aware, and make better lifestyle choices when faced with endemic malaria. The messages were generated through a rigorous process of co - design, which I led in three locations in Northern Mozambique in June 2016. The whole process can be viewed here - https://www.instagram.c...arning_from_the_locals/
This project was funded (£17,500) by three sources including externally by The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Continuing using the co-design method, I am currently leading a project in a village in the North of Scotland, where local people are working with designers on capturing the industrial heritage of the village in graphic form. This process captures and re-imagines memories and stories before they are lost. The oldest participant is 89.

Esteem

External Examining/Validations

  • Plymouth College Of Art
  • University of Bolton, BA(Hons) Graphic Design, External Examiner
  • ESAG Penninghen, Paris, France.International Jury Member // Masters in Art Direction // Masters in Graphic Design

 

Media Activity

  • Design Indaba - Featured article.

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Senior Fellow: Higher Education Academy

 

Date


11 results

Stickers - Portfolio Artefact

Physical Artefact
MacLeod, M., & Macdonald, I. Stickers - Portfolio Artefact

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MacLeod, M., & Macdonald, I. Stickers - Portfolio Artefact
Designing for social good framed within an ethical practice has a long tradition informed by the democratic philosophy of John Dewey, but more recently it has been acknowledge...

Learning from the locals: how can co-design support malaria education in a post-colonial environment?

Journal Article
MacLeod, M., & Macdonald, I. (2018)
Learning from the locals: how can co-design support malaria education in a post-colonial environment?. Design for Health, 2(1), 163-185. doi:10.1080/24735132.2018.1451676
Designing for social good framed within an ethical practice has a long tradition informed by the democratic philosophy of John Dewey, but more recently it has been acknowledge...

Learning From The Locals Stickers.

Book Chapter
MacLeod, M., & Macdonald, I. (2017)
Learning From The Locals Stickers. In S. Schrauwen, L. Roberts, & R. Wright (Eds.), Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?, 216 - 221. (2nd). Central Books
An international publication supporting an exhibition of the same name held at the Wellcome Trust in London. The book showcases a range of projects from international esteemed...

Design Education without Borders: How Students Can Engage with a Socially Conscious Pedagogy as Global Citizens

Journal Article
Macdonald, I., & MacLeod, M. (2018)
Design Education without Borders: How Students Can Engage with a Socially Conscious Pedagogy as Global Citizens. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 37(2), 312-324. doi:10.1111/jade.12117
This study examines the student experience of a third sector graphic design project in an international context. Inspired by a humanist and socially conscious perspective that...

Developing new perspectives on graphic design pedagogy and global citizenship through international volunteering.

Book Chapter
MacLeod, M. (2016)
Developing new perspectives on graphic design pedagogy and global citizenship through international volunteering. In C. Penman, & M. Foster (Eds.), Innovations in learning and Teaching, 185 - 197. Merchiston Publishing
Within the field of graphic design, many contemporary designers and educators seek to challenge global corporate homogenisation and the exploitation of developing countries. I...

How can design education develop intercultural competencies for professional practice and global citizenship?

Conference Proceeding
Macdonald, I., & MacLeod, M. (2015)
How can design education develop intercultural competencies for professional practice and global citizenship?
Within the field of graphic design many contemporary designers and educators seek to challenge global corporate homogenization and the exploitation of developing countries (Ra...

How can design education develop intercultural competencies for professional practice and global citizenship?

Presentation / Conference
MacLeod, M., & Macdonald, I. (2015, June)
How can design education develop intercultural competencies for professional practice and global citizenship?. Paper presented at Virtuous Circle: Summer Cumulus Conference 2015
Within the field of graphic design many contemporary designers and educators seek to challenge global corporate homogenization and the exploitation of developing countries (Ra...

How can design students develop intercultural competencies using critical approaches to global consumerism?

Conference Proceeding
Macdonald, I. & MacLeod, M. (2015)
How can design students develop intercultural competencies using critical approaches to global consumerism?
Within the field of graphic design many contemporary designers and educators seek to challenge global corporate homogenization and the exploitation of developing countries (Ra...

Journal of Design Practice and Research, Volume 3, 2014

Book
Lambert, I., Firth, R., MacLeod, M., Forster, S., Innes, M., Winton, E., …Titley, W. (2014)
Journal of Design Practice and Research, Volume 3, 2014. Edinburgh Napier University
Editorial -Welcome to the third issue of the Journal for Design Practice & Research. The last 18 months has been an extremely busy time for us. We have continued to grow as a ...

Journal of Design Practice and Research Volume 2, 2012.

Book
Lambert, I., Firth, R., Forster, S., Innes, M., Macdonald, I., MacLeod, M., …Winton, E. (2012)
Journal of Design Practice and Research Volume 2, 2012. Edinburgh Napier University
Since the publication of the first issue of our journal twelve months ago our team of creative practitioners and academics has expanded (see pages 32-39), as has our work with...