Teal Triggs is a Professor of Graphic Design and Associate Dean, School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London. She is also an Adjunct Professor at RMIT, Australia. Previously she was co-Director, Information Environments – a research network across University of the Arts London as well as Acting Course Director, MRes Information Environments and Course Director, MA Design Writing Criticism.
As a graphic design historian, critic and educator she has lectured and broadcast widely and her writings have appeared in numerous edited books and international design publications. Her research has focused primarily on design pedagogy, self-publishing, and feminism. Teal has received several project grants for her work on feminism and design (AHRC) and more recently, she was recipient of a Harry Ransom Center Fellowship for the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin, where her research focus has been on the American editor Fleur Cowles and her influential lifestyle magazine Flair (1950-1951). Her research has also extended into community-based learning projects including ‘A Sense of Place: Life Histories of Residents on the Aylesbury Estate’ funded by the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and skills, as well as ‘Creative Connexions: Thinking about Thinking’, exploring craft and design education at the National Institute of Design, India. She has also led a number of interdisciplinary research teams in developing methods combining social science and design-led solutions including co-Investigator on Designing for the 21st Century Research Cluster: ‘Digital Design, Representation, Communication and Interaction: Screens and the Social Landscape’ (AHRC).
Teal is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication Design (International Council of Design) and co-editor of Visual Communication (Sage) and Associate Editor of Design Issues (MIT Press). Teal has just completed her first children’s book titled The School of Art (Wide Eyed Editions) and is currently co-editing with Leslie Atzmon The Graphic Design Reader (Bloomsbury). Her previous books include: Fanzines and The Typographic Experiment: Radical Innovations in Contemporary Type Design, both published by Thames & Hudson. She is a Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers, the Royal College of Art and the Royal Society of Arts.