Dr Catherine Stones


I am an Associate Professor of Graphic Design, teaching and researching in the area of information design and illustration. I supervise PhD students working in the area of health communication and graphic design as well as projects related to participatory design and information design.



  • Director of Research and Innovation

Research interests

I have a strong research interest in information design and healthcare. I have published a range of papers related to pain pictograms, pain diagrams and pain apps and have regularly collaborated with NHS staff and healthcare academics. Together with Public Health England I have written and published guidelines for the design of infographics in the public health domain, examining how the public and public health professionals use and perceive infographics. This work was funded through the AHRC as a Design Fellowship Award. I am also author of the website http://www.visualisinghealth.com

Currently I am the Principal Investigator on a 2 year AHRC funded (250k) project to improve standards of hand hygiene in Schools, working with the Glasgow School of Art, colleagues at the University of Leeds, school partners, Eureka! museum and school children themselves.

I am a regular reviewer for academic journals including Design Studies and Health Communication and conferences such as the International Information Visualisation Conference. I have also been a member of the Advisory panel for the AHRC project 'Seeing Data', a project related to evaluating the effectiveness of big data visualisations. I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.

<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 in Design, University of Leeds
  • MA in IT, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside
  • BA Hons in Art History, University of Warwick

Student education

I teach a variety of subjects including information design, digital design and visual communications in general. I am year one tutor and generally deliver and design much of the first year core content in graphic design.

Current postgraduate researchers

<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>