Anastasios Maragiannis

Dr Anastasios Maragiannis Dip, BA Hons, PGCE, MA, PhD

Deputy Head of School of Design

Key details

Dr Anastasios Maragiannis
Dip, BA Hons, PGCE, MA, PhD

Deputy Head of School of Design


A designer, academic and researcher, Dr Anastasios Maragiannis has devoted his career to exploring and understanding the fundamentals of design diversity and inclusion, within the context of the digital landscape and a multidisciplinary approach to design thinking. Anastasios is currently the Deputy Head School of Design at the University of Greenwich, London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is the leading the d+iD – diversity + inclusivity by Design Research Lab which explores how design acts inclusively regardless of disability, gender, ethnicity, vulnerability, language, and age. 

He is also the Design Critique Lead for TypeThursday London with great interest on how computational technologies impact on the existing principles and forms of design (readability and legibility). Anastasios presented in a number of international conferences and he has been showing his work in various places including the London Design Festival, and the V&A Museum, London.

Anastasios has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Kingston University, UEL, Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Arts, London, and in various UK and international institutions including Athens, Atlanta, Paris, Seattle, Ningbo-China, Istanbul and Berlin.

He has also participated and chaired various international conferences including TYPECON in USA, TYPOBERLIN in Germany, DRHA in China and ISEA in Turkey, Australia and Canada.

Responsibilities within the university


- TEF Coordinator for the School of Design
- Internationalising & Collaborations Leader with a focus in EU, North America and South Asia
- Higher Education Academy Mentor
- Academic Portfolio Leader Design

Awards

AWARDS

2017  Early Career Researcher Highly Commend Research Poster

2013  Staff member of the year Recognition Award – University of Greenwich

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

IIID Member - International Institute for Information Design
AIGA Member - the professional association for design (USA)
Staff member of the year Recognition Award - University of Greenwich
Member of The International Council of Graphic Design Associations, (ICOGRADA)
Member of D&AD, University Network Membership, (UK)

Recognition

  • MISTD - Elected Member of the International Society of Typographic Designers
  • MInstLM - Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management
  • He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy;  
  • A Member of Thursday Club Board, Goldsmiths University of London; 
  • The Deputy Chair of Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts International organisation.

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Maragiannis is available for Research PhD supervision.

Anastasios is currently the leader for the diversity + inclusivity by design Research lab. Research explores how design inclusively engages people deeply throughout the design process, to share our practices and to amalgamate people's unique knowledge into design interventions, where design acts inclusively regardless of disability, gender, ethnicity, vulnerability, language and age. Through Collaboration Research the lab is exploring the changing digital landscape; the conceptualisation of design practices and redefining the communication process through co-design processes. Find out more at Diversityinclusivity.design

Keywords: Co-design, Participatory Design, Practice research, Interdisciplinary Design, gender, Diversity, Inclusion

Current Funded research projects participation 

EYES - The EYES EU funded research project (£4m) brings together 4 bilingual training sites and prepare 25 coaches to run the pilots in the Ruhr area, Greater London, Flemish triangle, European Metropolis of Lille, and Tilburg, supported by a common helpdesk.

Diversity+Inclusivity by Design: Empowering Individuals Research Project (Supported by Cyprus Embassy UK)

Media activity

Press/ Media:

  • PASADENA NOW – USA Newspaper: on my work to Discuss Effects of BREXIT on Creative Industries, Design Diversity (2019)
  • Neurodiversity and Digital Inclusion, Annual Report, on the impact of the diversity and inclusivity by design research (2018)
  • BlueWings magazine, Interview on d+iD research Hub and design diplomacy – Helsinki Design week (2017)
  • MaltaToday 24/7 online newspaper about the DRHA and the Challenges of the Digital (2017)
  • Faculti. Net International, interview on Creative Collaborations (2015)

Publications

  •  Maragiannis, A. and Ashford, R., 2019. Diversity and Inclusivity in the Age of Wearables: A Buzzword, a Myth, an Uncertain Reality. Body, Space & Technology, 18(1), pp.198–214. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/bst.320
  • Maragiannis, A., 2017-2020. Diversity and Inclusivity by Design Exhibition Portfolio. The outcomes of the research include a collection of artefacts; 1 exhibition catalogue (ISBN: 978-0-244-17350-0); 1 research book publication funded by Ministry of Culture Cyprus Embassy London; an educational film (TED-ed); a series of specialist talks; Three International panel discussions; a trilogy of International exhibitions in London, Athens and Malta, part of London, Design Festival; 2 policies for International Organisations.
  • Papadaki, Elena , Maragiannis, Anastasios and Chatzichristodoulou, Maria (2018) Digital Cultural Heritage in the 'land of the ancient': the case of Greece (panel discussion). In: DRHA 2018 - Creative Legacies: Collaborative Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage, 9-12 September 2018, Valletta, Malta.
  • Jefferies, J., Maragiannis, A. (2015) 'Twitter': Practice in Writing : A recipe for Creativity & Creative Interpretation, Vancouver, ISBN:978-1-910172-00-1
  • Maragiannis, A, (2015). Digital Grand Challenge research Projects http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/digitalgrandchallenge/publications/
  • Maragiannis, A, 2015. Full Papers Proceedings, London LULU, ISBN 978-1-326-38858-4 
  • Maragiannis, A, 2014. Multidisciplinary Design Processes. 2nd ed. London, ISBN 978-1-291-01050-3 
  • Maragiannis, A, 2014. Book of Abstracts DRHA2014. London, ISBN 978-1-291-97878-0
  • Maragiannis, A. (2014) Visual Technologies: Reviewing the way we read and behave on the move DRHA 2014 Conference, University of Greenwich, UK http://www.drha2014.co.uk/?p=902
  • Maragiannis, A. Pitsillides S. (2014) Virtual Embodiment: The turbulent relationship between social media and the self" DRHA 2014 Conference, University of Greenwich, UK 129197878X, pg140
  • Jefferies J., Maragiannis A., Pitsillides. S., Vellonaki, M. (2013) "Mirroring Sherry Turkle: a discussion on authenticity humanity and technology", inCleland,K.,Fisher,L.&Harley,R.(Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney. http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/9475, ISBN: 978-0-646-91313-1
  • Psarras.,V., Pitsillides. S., Maragiannis A., (2013) "Dérive in the digital grid , breaking the search to get lost", inCleland,K.,Fisher,L.&Harley,R.(Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney. http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/9475, ISBN: 978-0-646-91313-1
  • Maragiannis, A, (2011) "How to be Creative: Collaboration in Web 2.0 community with or without text". Generative Art/XIV, pp 57-67, ISBN:9788896610145
    Maragiannis, A., Kanellos, E.,(2011), "TERASlab: Typographical Experimental Research in Audiovisual Spaces", London, BCS, p 275, ISBN 978-1-906124-88-5 (pbk) ISSN 1477-9358 (online)
  • Maragiannis, A., (2009), "Visual Arts and 2D - 3D Motion Typo.graphic Design", London, BCS, pp 192-200, ISBN 978-1-906124-17-5 (pbk) ISSN 1477-9358 (online).