Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Dr Peter McCallion



Creative Economy Engagement Fellow: Digital Tactile Mapping

Dr Peter McCallion was appointed in January 2018 on a six month early career fellowship funded by the AHRC’s National Productivity Investment Fund. He is collaborating with project partners Bristol Legible City, the Royal National Institute for the Blind and City ID.

This fellowship address several core themes of the government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, combining a focus on sectoral needs in the health, tourism and heritage industries with enquiry into the uses of digital technologies. Peter is scoping and researching appropriate methods of tactile map making and maps for the visually impaired that could improve their navigation around the city of Bristol. This includes computer-based modelling and CNC rapid prototyping technology to create a tactile taxonomy for map prototypes that would be cheaply produced using recycled paper, but robust enough to incorporate Braille dots and raised textured symbols.

Peter was awarded his doctorate from UWE in 2017, his PhD was an investigation of methods for the reproduction in continuous tone of digitally printed colour artworks. Traditionally the reproduction of digitally printed works has been divided between the onscreen (RGB) representation of colour and the colorimetric translation through an imaging pipeline to a printing device (CMYK). As computational models for image analysis are beginning to exhaust the limits of imaging, the field of human based perceptual models is a growing field with a greater interest in the perceptual attributes of colour, tone and texture, specifically the three dimensional rendering of texture. Peter examined the transition from 2D to 3D imaging and the printing of continuous tone photographic colour imagery where the tonal gradations were directly proportional to the deposition thickness of the printing inks.

Peter is a graduate of the Ulster University, where he was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Graphic Product and Interactive design (GPI) and a University Diploma in Industrial Studies, awarded with commendation. In 2008 Peter successfully completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the Centre for Fine Print Research and Eurosigns (UK) Ltd. Eurosigns is the signage division of Eurovia UK and is one of the largest signage companies in the UK. As part of the KTP, his role was to successfully integrate a systematic design and wide format print workflow. He was responsible for the design, implementation and delivery of a staff-training programme in industry best practices in design and print. He also streamlined the layout and LEAN workflow of a wide format print and finishing department and increasing the company’s ability in the design and production of conformable graphics for 3D objects such as vehicles.

Email: Peter.Mccallion@uwe.ac.uk


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