Erin Turner is a visual communication design practitioner-researcher.
Her professional experience as a designer has included publication, brand and environmental design projects as well as working as Art Director for niche publication Artist Profile. In 2010 Erin established Paragraph One, focussing her practice on research-driven and collaborative projects with clients in the cultural, creative and research sectors, including the Designing Out Crime Research Centre at UTS and the Smart Cities Research Cluster at UNSW. Erin is working to extend Paragraph One to include independent, experimental projects exploring spaces and ideas at the edges of visual communication design practice and research. Erin's work has been recognised by both the Design Institute of Australia and the Australian Graphic Design Association.
Erin is currently in the final stages of her PhD candidacy at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research is concerned with the development of designerly and scholarly visualisation and mapping practices as a method of inquiry. The thesis investigates the potential of visualisation and mapping practices to reveal patterns and nuances in the graphic language of design artefacts and archives. Erin's research suggests the visualisation of visual communication design collections can reveal alternative and non-linear narratives on design history and enrich our understanding of practice.
Erin has taught and delivered lectures across a range of undergraduate and masters' subjects in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney since 2009. Her teaching is focussed on typography and information visualisation. Her experience has also included leading studios on design research, emerging and contextual practices, and design for sustainability.
Erin splits her time between Sydney, Australia and Reykjavik, Iceland.