Mr Marcus Leis Allion


I am a type designer, graphic designer and lecturer involved in graphic design projects, in both commercial, cultural and social spheres. I have developed a number of projects that challenge the relationship between intellectual property (such as copyright) and creativity. My work in this area has included collaboration with The Libre Society and Remix Brighton as well as being partner and art director of LOCA Records.

I have written or co-authored articles examining the connection between graphic design, history, economics and technology in Eye, Grafik, and Computer Arts, amongst others. 

From 2001-09 I worked with the internationally renowned Barnbrook studios, designing cultural identities, numerous publications and several typefaces. In 2006 I returned to higher education to complete an MA in Cultural and Critical Theory (2008) and later a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (2011).

Academic responsibilities

Course Leader


  • HEA Fellow
  • MA Cultural & Critical Theory
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • HND Graphic Design

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught


My work, both as a practitioner and researcher, explores the contemporary and historical interplay between typography, technology, and society. I am especially interested in the discursive norms of three distinct groups: typographers (type designers); graphic designers; and coders and the the mediating effects of their work. This research draws on the theories and practices associated with these fields, including: History of Typography, Graphic Design, Media Theory, Communication Theory, Critical Theory, Digital Humanities, and Aesthetic Philosophy. This research has been published and presented at a number of international conferences, including: McLuhan Galaxy: Understanding Media, Barcelona, ATypI Reykjavík; xCoAx in Porto; and most recently Face Forward.

TyPrograms: The Shaped Typography of Computer Programs

Areas of specialism

  • Typography
  • graphic design
  • typeface design
  • font