Mary Ann Bolger is a lecturer in design history and critical theory at the School of Art, Design & Printing, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). Her primary research interests are in twentieth-century Irish graphic design and typography, material religion and visual culture. She is a graduate of the joint Victoria and Albert Museum / Royal College of Art M.A. in History of Design and is currently completing a PhD on the topic of post-war Irish typography and graphic design at the Royal College of Art.
With her DIT colleague, Clare Bell, Mary Ann represents Ireland as country delegate for the Association Internationale Typographique (ATypI). Together they organized the2010 ATypI conference in Dublin. They are co-founders and coordinators of Typography Ireland, a research group dedicated to furthering typographic practice, research and education in Ireland. Mary Ann has written a book on Irish graphic design, Design Factory: On the Edge of Europe (Dublin & Amsterdam: Lilliput/BIS,2009), as well as many articles and conference papers. Her most recent publication is an essay on graphic design and typography in 1950s Ireland in the exhibition catalogue Patrick Scott: Image Space Light, (Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2014). She has an unfashionable fondness for the typeface American Uncial.
Clare Bell lectures in Visual Communication at the School of Art, Design & Printing, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). She received her BA in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins and worked for a number of years as an editorial designer on The Guardian newspaper. She is currently undertaking PhD research entitled ‘Typography, culture and society: the visual representation of the Irish language in Northern Ireland’at DIT.
She is co-coordinator and founder member of Typography Ireland which runs a monthly seminar group with the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM), and represents Ireland both as country delegate and as a board member of Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI). She was also co-organiser of ‘TheWord 2010’, ATypI’s annual conference held in Dublin in 2010. She is a regular assessor on the educational student awards issued annually by the International Society of Typographic Designers. She is a practicing designer and recent clients include IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival, In Print journal (DIT), Typography Ireland, NCAD/GradCAM (Object Matters: Making 1916), ATypI (The Word 2010), The Joinery Gallery and Soundsdoable radio production company (Culturefile/Soundstories).