Matthew Frame

Mr Matthew Frame BA, MA

Lecturer in Illustration for Graphic Design

Lecturer in Illustration for Graphic Design, Matthew Frame, is an award-winning illustrator with over 10 years of professional experience working with diverse range of clients and briefs. Focusing primarily on independent publishing, his work encompasses hospitality design, ceramics, storyboards, editorial, books, branding, packaging, site specific artworks, animation and comic books. Having exhibited extensively both at home and internationally, his enquiry-based practice highlights illustration and design as essential tools to reflect on social issues, convey complex ideas effectively, and critique political ideologies. Hand drawn imagery and analogue production techniques, and the interplay between these forms of mark making with digital space inform his design outlook and approach to education. Since completing his MA in Communication Design at Central St. Martins’ in 2012, Matthew has worked extensively in higher education, teaching Illustration, Graphic Design, and Cultural and Critical Studies across a number of institutions. As a founding member of the Illustration Research group at Portsmouth University, he has recently established a small imprint, Jeune Press, with which he continues to explore his research interests in psychogeography, hauntology, urbanism, trash culture, science fiction and semiotic theory.

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Responsibilities within the university

  • Lecturer in Illustration
  • Module Leader, Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Lecturer, Graphic Design Principals
  • Lecturer, Graphic Design Branding & Advertising


The Parag Honour List is a curated collection of outstanding books in English and Hindi for children and young adults by Parag Initiative of Tata Trusts.

The South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC) yearly book award to call attention to outstanding works on quality children's and young adult books published that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad.

The International Youth Library is the largest library for international children’s and youth literature in the world, and each year select newly published books that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design.


Artist in Residence, Tara Books, Chennai, India (2015 - 16)

Research / Scholarly interests

Matthew’s continued interest in Independent and alternative publishing, radical politics, psychogeography, hauntology, urbanism, trash culture, science fiction and semiotic theory inform his research area and form the basis for his current PhD application.

Recent publications

  • Ramesh, M, Chandi, M & Frame, M (2018) Walking is a Way of Knowing: In a Kadar Forest, ISBN 978-93-83145-60-7
  • Ramesh, M, Chandi, M & Frame, M (2018) Speaking to an Elephant and Other Tales from the Kadars, ISBN978-93-83145-73-7
  • Hollings, K & Frame, M (2016) The Bright Labyrinth: Sex, Death & Design in the Digital Regime, ISBN: 9781907222184352
  • Masilamani, M & Frame, M (2015) The Boy Who Speaks in Numbers, ISBN 9789383145270