David Lyons

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As an artist and designer, I’m interested in people’s different visual perceptions. Individually, we all have different experiences, but how is art perceived by the blind and partially sighted? Can we translate design to enhance meaning and accessibility?

This is something that I’ve explored through artistic research.  My recent work, Double Vision: An investigation of art and differential perception looks at how we can translate design to enhance the experience of those with vision impairments. This is done through the application of colour theory, artistic principles and computer science. It has led to numerous papers, articles and multiple exhibitions, notably in Paris, Washington DC and Hangzhou, China. 

My research is in close relationship with artists and technicians from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, the University of Dundee and the University of Manchester.


Graphic and Media Design

Physical Digital Experiences

Digital Media Concepts

Design Contexts

Visual Literacies

Research interests

 Colour Theory, physiology of the eye and their effects on colour perception.

Artistic expression directed to specific visual acuities.

Seeing as thinking and art's role in that process. 

Technologically enhanced visual thinking and perception

Guerrilla tactics in art, design and advertising. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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