Katherine Gillieson  PhD
Associate Professor, Communication Design
Katherine’s research, practice and writing covers a range of topics including language of book design, diagrammatic representation and other complex systems, from practical and theoretical perspectives; patterns, symmetries and visual order in cultural production and different socio-cultural contexts; and the intersection of design practice and theory. For more information or to get in touch, see her ECU profile page, or LinkedIn.

Danni Li MDes 2021
Born and raised in Chengdu, China. Danni Li is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Design at ECU. Danni has a background of Media Advertising and Graphic Design. Her portfolio consists of various projects and studies involving Branding Design, UI/UX Design, Installation, and Illustration. Her current research practice investigates design in the context of the healing of emotion, exploring the bridge between visual language and anxiety. She believes that design can strike people’s hearts through aesthetic feeling and resonance, and trigger the public’s pursuit of beauty and happiness. More at

Jaz Halloran
Graphic designer and Sessional Faculty, Communication Design
Jaz Halloran (BDes 2007) is a Vancouver-based graphic designer who creates identities, websites, artists’ books, magazines, zines, and print ephemera. His projects explore image-making, identity, and communication within visual culture. LinkedIn | ECU Profile

Devansh Parikh MDes 2020
Devansh is a graphic designer currently living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. His work pertains to the fields of branding, identity systems, publication, advertising, user experience and has been featured in design blogs such as Abduzeedo, Design Ideas, Platform Magazine, and Wacom India. He has participated in the design exhibitions at New Delhi, Mumbai, London, New York, Detroit, Michigan, and Ecuador. More at

Julia Pepler  BDes 2018
Julia is a graphic designer whose passion is sustainable, globally conscious design. In tandem with design, she is skilled in bookbinding and printmaking techniques such as relief and silkscreen. More about her work is available on her website.

Jihyun Park majored in Media (specialized in Graphic Design) and Psychology, has worked in various fields such as graphic design, product design, digital media content, and interactive art for many years. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Design at Emily Carr, where her research focusses on probing the problems of modern design linked to sociopolitical systems in terms of enlightenment rationalism and colonialism. She has been exploring design methods from diverse design theories such as critical design, discursive design, speculative design, and communication design to develop integrated approaches for design as a way to start a conversation. More at

Kelly Small  MDes 2019

Kelly is an award-winning creative director and communication designer with proven experience across design, marketing and advertising. Bridging commercial design and academia, their research and practice centres on the development and dissemination of accessible guidance toward enhanced ethical and inclusive practice. As a creative leader, idea generator, writer, and strategist, Kelly’s aim is to support teams to work within problematic systems in order to incrementally transform the industry and realize meaningful change. More at and LinkedIn. Kelly’s new book The Conscious Creative: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work is available at local, independent book stores as well as Indigo  Barnes & Noble  and Amazon.