Dr Claire Timpany

Claire Timpany

Senior Lecturer (Design)

Qualifications: BCGD(Hons) MCGD UCOL/Waikato PhD Waikato

Papers Taught

Research Interests

My main areas of interest and research are typography, print design and physical interaction design.

Because of my love for both printed books and interactivity this is predominantly where my research interests lie and how these two areas cross over.

My research is currently focussed on the way in which people interact with printed material and how the benefits of electronic media can be applied to traditional media, such as print.
This has lead me to research into how printed media, especially books can be developed and
become more beneficial, learning and applying methods from technologies being developed in the digital age.

This was explored in my Masters, which I completed at Wanganui School of Design, with a thesis titled "Applying hypertext methods to printed books" I have published papers on this research, one being presented at the AACE Ed-media conference in Vienna, Austria in 2008.

I am currently investigating the layout considerations for applying interactive methods to books and the multiple potential design solutions to this problem.

Research Publications

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Recent Publications

  • Timpany, C., Vanderschantz, N., & Turner, E. (2021). Wash, soak, rinse, spin: Adaptivity and evolution in a WIL programme. In Work-Integrated Learning New Zealand (WILNZ) Annual Conference: Work Integrated Learning on the Rise (pp. 17). Online.

  • Kumara, N., Hinze, A., Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C., & Saravani, S. J. (2021). Resource Types linked in Academic Reading Lists. In Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries Vol. 2021-September (pp. 266-269). doi:10.1109/JCDL52503.2021.00080

  • Timpany, C. L. (2020). The space between us: how designers and the general population see typographic emphasis. In DRS2020: Synergy. Design Research Society. doi:10.21606/drs.2020.258

  • Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C., & Wright, K. (2020). Enhancing interactivity: how has design exploration of physically and intellectually interactive picturebooks enhanced shared reading?. In S. Boess, M. Cheung, & R. Cain (Eds.), Proc Synergy - Design Research Society International Conference (DSR 2020) (pp. 513-534). Brisbane, Australia, online: Design Research Society. doi:10.21606/drs.2020.192 Open Access version:

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Computer Graphic Design; Human Computer Interaction; Technology; Typography in Learning

Design; Typography; Information Design

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: G.G.16
Phone: +64 7 838 4309