Tom Hignett

Technician Demonstrator in Graphic Design

Tom joined the University in 2013 and helps to look after a wide range of Graphic Design resources including digital print, laser-cutting and 3D scanning and printing.

Qualifications

PGDip Design, UCLAN

BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology, Staffordshire University

Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham




Overview

Whilst studying Mechanical Engineering in Birmingham I was exposed to a lot of computer based design processes. This coupled with the increasing availability of powerful home computers and digital photographic equipment quickly lead to a keen interest in digital creative arts.

It wasn't long before I decided to cut short my engineering studies and pursue my interest in the digital arts. This ultimately lead me to studying Film Production Technology, a course dedicated to developing the use of digital technology for creative output. Despite its title the course helped me develop a range of skills far beyond the realm of filmmaking.

Teaching

More recently my practice took a most interesting turn when I joined Neston High School. My work at Neston involved supporting a large multi skilled art & design department. I was instrumental in using my digital skills to enable and expand the work of the department both educationally and creatively.

Research

My current study and practice has seen me returning to non-digital mediums so as to gain a deeper understanding of both the technical and creative processes involved. It is my intention to use this experience and feed it back into my digital work and develop my practice in a way that brings both analogue and digital practices together.

Published work

2014 Techne, The Gallery at St George's House, Bolton.