Dr. Catalina Zlotea


I am a Lecturer in the School of Design with a background in graphic communication and journalism. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I have taught in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at Reading as an Associate Lecturer. 

I have been active as a a practising design professional since 2007 working as an editorial designer at Esquire (Senior Designer) and Arhitectura (Art Director) magazines in Bucharest, Romania. Between 2012 and 2017 I headed the design department at the Doha Film Institute in Qatar and worked on international cultural projects such as the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, TEDxSummit, and Romanian Design Week. I have also collaborated with artists and photographers on various book design projects. 

Research interests

My research interests are cross-disciplinary in nature and include archival research, British and international graphic design history, editorial design, self-directed forms of graphic practice, and the interrelation between graphic design and typography and social and cultural practices. My PhD research put forward a cross-disciplinary approach to investigate how visual artefacts are reflected by, and contribute to, ideology. I am currently developing a research project which applies the same set of methods to examine the writing system reforms in the nineteenth century in Eastern Europe. 

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD | Typography and Graphic Communication | University of Reading, UK
  • MA | Book Design | University of Reading, UK
  • BA | Graphic Design | National University of Arts, Bucharest, RO
  • BA | Journalism and Communication | University of Bucharest, RO, UK

Student education

I teach design theory and practice, typography, editorial design, and book design across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I deliver lectures, seminars, and supervise student dissertations.

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>