Patrick Walker

Patrick Walker

Senior Lecturer


Founded Sheffield design collective, dust in 2000, a creative practice providing consultancy, design and development for brand, environment, print and digital media to the arts, culture and sustainability sectors.

Maintained an active role in education, and in 2019 joined the Ba (Hons) Graphic Design course.



Founder and creative director of dust, Patrick began a career in design academia; A 30yr tour of the M1, Barnsley, Sheffield, Leeds, London, then back to Sheffield to establish dust in 2000; eyes opened between airports and train stations; a healthy appetite for good food produced by passionate people with the food and people in mind; kind of learning from my mistakes; never let the dog on the bed, not even once; weighs brilliance over convention — with nothing to interrupt the seeing there is nothing to see; weighs engagement over brilliance — no one looking no one cares; believes that design is a vital mechanism for change, not just a haircut and a new pair of shoes — although sometimes there's nothing finer. It's one long sentence, welcome to the end — paragraphs and full stops may have left you none the wiser.

Practice includes —
Creative direction, Ideation, process and practice development.

Typography — structural, sculptural and detail.

Publication & Book Design — for things others care about and for things we care about. Formats, materials, content, consumption and interactions.

Design management — establishing and maintaining creative environments supporting collaboration and signature practice across disciplines.

Brand — organisational strategy and alignment, from behaviour to stakeholder presentation and engagement.
Working with and for the arts, culture and sustainability.

Illustration, conceptual, advertorial and editorial — compositional words, pictures and textures.

Printmaking badly on purpose — providing the parameters for code to explore outcomes.

Creative writing, developing narrative to fuel.

Online Development and Deployment, including platforms, infrastructure and programmatic language.



Department of Art and Design

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Subject Area

Visual Communication

Courses Taught 

BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Graphic Design & UX

Modules Taught 

Graduation Projects (Semester 1 & 2)

Other activities

Founder, Designer at dust


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