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Digital Arts Lecturer to Showcase 30 Years of Work in TV

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A University of Worcester digital arts lecturer is to showcase 30 years of work in the TV industry during a special exhibition.

David James worked for a number of top TV companies as a motion graphics designer, before moving in to higher education teaching 10 years ago.

He has designed graphics, including opening titles, for programmes such as Crimestoppers and TV Eye, the then ITV equivalent of the BBC’s Panorama, and international wildlife productions such as Wildfilm.

David, who is course leader for Creative Digital Media, will be displaying stills images of his work at the University’s St John’s Campus from April 16th to April 27th.

“I think it’s important that students can see that lecturers actually worked in the industry and therefore have the knowledge and experience to pass on,” he said.

“I hope that students, and other members of the University or public, will enjoy looking at some of the images and it may provoke some memories and discussions.”

David’s 30-year career in broadcast television includes such posts as Supervising Designer for news and current affairs at Thames Television, Deputy Head of the Design Group at HTV Wales and Head of the Design Group at ITV West.

In 1985 he designed and art directed the opening titles for Wales at Six, one of the first computer-generated sequences broadcast in the UK, was one of the first designers in the Country to use the world’s first broadcast digital graphics system – the Quantel Paintbox – and, with a colleague, produced the first sequence to be shown on British television to be produced entirely on a desktop Apple computer.

His work features in a number of books about television graphics.