Brief biography

David James is a designer, photographer, illustrator and art director. He studied Fine Art at the University of Reading, followed by postgraduate study at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. He is an Accredited Senior in Creative Imaging and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His work in television design and art direction features in books on television graphics such as Television Graphics and Graphic Design in Television, and in journals such as Creative Review and Broadcast. Following his long broadcast design career, he was Divisional Leader and Principal Lecturer for Digital Media at the University of Wolverhampton and Course Leader for the MA in Creative Media programme at the University of Worcester. He has authored seven degree courses, including an MA programme, and has participated on selection panels for the Royal Photographic Society.


Professional background

30 years in broadcast television as an art director and designer. Posts include Supervising Designer, News and Current Affairs at Thames Television (ITV London), Deputy Head of the Design Group, HTV Wales, and Head of the Design Group, ITV West. Many typical national and international screen credits include TV Eye – the ITV flagship current affairs weekly programme – the world-wide distributed wildlife series, The Sexual Imperative, that was nominated for a series Academy Award, the children’s series, Rolf’s Cartoon Club, opening titles and programme graphics for Granada Wildlife productions and the television feature film Codename Kyril, for which he was awarded a D&AD. He was one of the pioneers of digital design: in 1984, he designed and art directed the opening titles for Wales at Six, probably the first computer-generated opening title sequence broadcast in the UK.


Exhibitions and public lectures

The Potential of the World Cultural Industries. A keynote speech at the Creative Industries World Conference, Beijing, 19-20 October 2009, published as a paper, and leading a seminar entitled Creative Thinking Strategies

at the Communication University of China, Nanjing, October 2009.

Frightening the Cats: a retrospective exhibition of work in broadcast television design and motion graphics, mostly in ITV, 1973 - 2002, the University of Worcester, April 2012.


A Nostalgia for Beauty: an exhibition of photography revisiting the concept of the aesthetic, The Hive, Worcester, March 2017. This was one of the events in British Science Week and accompanied by a public lecture on the 14th March at The Hive entitled The Science of Beauty.


The Aesthetic Revisited: considerations of the aesthetic in the image through photography, Worcester Cathedral, June 2017.


Transience: an exhibition of photography at Malvern Theatres, January 2018.

Animation contributor, The Oxford Companion to Film (Ed. Liz-Anne Bawden).

European, American and Canadian Animation: a series of Slade School public lectures at University College London, 1973.


Services offered include graphic design for print, television or website as well as photography and illustration.