Senior Lecturer, Contextual Studies Lead, Graphic Design

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Dr Emin Artun Ozguner

Dr Artun Ozguner is a design historian who leads Contextual and Theoretical Studies within the Graphic Design programme at the UCA School of Communications.

Dr Emin Artun Ozguner


Before joining UCA, Artun has been a visiting lecturer in various other institutions. These include the MA History of Design programme, jointly run by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art as well as the Arts University Bournemouth.

Artun has been awarded his PhD from the V&A / RCA History of Design programme in 2020, entitled Inheritance / Disavowal: Commemorating and Representing the Nation-State in Turkey from Empire to Republic, 1908-1940s. He holds a master’s degree in Design Studies from the Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design (2013) and a professional master degree in Graphic Design from the Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan, Italy (2015), during which he worked with companies like Fratelli Branca and Mediaset. He has also received training in illustration at School of Visual Arts, New York and UAL Central Saint Martins.

Research statement

Artun's main research interests include practices of commemoration, nationalisation of material culture and design resources, graphic design history, visual and print culture. Artun’s research explores the negotiation of national consciousness between official and public design practices, materialities and rhetoric. Particularly the slippages that occur between the official culture of commemorating and representing nation states as opposed to more individual practices of reminiscence through material culture.

Artun is particularly interested in the role of visual communication design as it is used to manifest and disseminate ideas on material constructs such as technology, architectural landmarks, ruins, the cultural landscape and monuments.

Research supervision

Current Research Students:

  • Anna Kampouri, 21st century graphic novels for children: Connections between the representation of spatial settings and socialization

Completed Master by Research Supervision (as Primary Supervisor):

  • Inigo Campbell-Lange, ‘An Exploration into the Entangled Narratives from which the Swiss Typeface Helvetica Emerged’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. 
  • Claire Yixuan Zhang, 'Metro Design Language: The Rise of Flat Design in User Interface Design', V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. Awarded DISTINCTION.

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

  • Member of Design History Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2021)
  • Trustee of the Design History Society, Communications Officer (2019-2022)