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Principal Lecturer in Visual Communication, Sheffield Hallam University

Matt Edgar is a principal lecturer in Visual Communication within the department of Art & Design at Sheffield Hallam University.

He developed and leads a range of courses across the subject area including graphic design, illustration, digital user experience and creative digital design. He teaches across the curriculum with a particular focus on developing holistic approaches to embedding history, theory and practice in delivery. He has a love of diagrammatic writing and concept maps and considers comics to be the highest art form. He has a particular interest in the work of the American cartoonist Chris Ware (b. 1967)

He commissions and curates exhibitions that address key issues within the discipline. These have included Ken Garland and Lance Wyman (with Unit Editions), Jan van Toorn, Universal Everything, and Why Not Associates. He holds a BA is graphic design and MA in Film and Television Documentary, resulting in current documentary productions that investigate the history of typography and design.

He occasionally writes for the Mess journal in Sheffield (


  • 2018–2022
    Principal Lecturer in Visual Communication, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 1998–2005
    Producer, BBC
  • 1998–2000
    Producer, BBC Radio