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Prof Justin Marshall


Department: Northumbria School of Design


Dr Marshall is an experienced digital craftsperson, maker and researcher. For over fifteen years his research has been investigating the integration of digital design and production technologies into art and craft practices. As such he is interested in the role and significance of digital tools within craft practice, both in terms of new aesthetic opportunities, and how the creative use of this toolset challenges the concept of the ‘handmade’. He has exhibited digital craftwork both nationally and internationally.


He is also interested in how access to digital manufacturing tools can empower individuals and communities to 'make', especially in relation to Makerspaces and Maker communities, both within the UK and beyond.


More broadly, he is interested in how craft, as a materially sensitive and human centred practice can have value in multidisciplinary research projects and has been involved in numerous collaborative projects that bring together diverse teams to investigate areas beyond the normal scope of craft practitioners.


He was a member of the AHRC peer Review College from 2012 to 2018, including sitting on the ‘Follow on Funding’ award panel. He is a Fellow of the RSA. He has been an external examiner for range of courses over the last decade, including BA(Hons)/MDes 3D Design and Craft Course at the University of Brighton, MSc Product Design at the University of Dundee and BA(hons) 3D Design at Robert Gordon University.



Justin Marshall

Campus Address

Room 204c
School of Design, School of Design (CCE2)
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alongside a personal practice focused on exploring new aesthetic possibilities that the use of digital tools hold, he is interested in how craft, as a materially sensitive and human centred practice can have value in multidisciplinary research projects. This value spans across craft as a material and making intelligence, through to a broader craft ethos that brings distinction from other design or art orientated practices/research approaches. This has been demonstrated in both national and international contexts, including as a Co-investigator on ‘Bespoke’ a two-year RCUK Digital Economy funded project, and contributing to the Unbox Festivals in India in 2013, 2014 & 2019.


Dr Marshall was Co-investigator for ‘China’s Creative Communities project: Making Value and the Value(s) of Making’. This was a cross-disciplinary research and scoping project to bring together practitioners and academics in the UK and China to network, research, workshop and publically disseminate ideas and innovations around the multi-faceted value of making in China. Funded by the AHRC/Newton Fund, it aimed to strengthen China’s multiple maker communities in partnership with the UK, as part of the UK’s broader support for China’s creative industries and knowledge economy.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Enticatypes: exploring how artifacts can entice conversation on craft values in digital making, Vannucci, E., Marshall, J., Wallace, J. 18 Mar 2019, Fourth Biennial Research Through Design Conference
  • Making with China: Craft-based Participatory Research Methods for Investigating Shenzhen’s Maker Movement, Marshall, J., Rossi, C. 26 Jul 2017, In: Digital Culture & Society
  • Evolutionary Craft, Marshall, J. Sep 2017, Ding , Dundee, Dundee University

  • Nicholas Sellars Parallel Stories: Reconstructing men’s dress history through an archaeology of pattern making and garment construction. Start Date: 01/03/2018 End Date: 15/02/2023
  • Helen Andreae Attention Please, Let’s Start: Design Research and Interventions for Starting Tasks Start Date: 23/11/2022
  • Lesley Campbell Exploring Eudaimonia Through Fashion: Can clothes be designed to carry an embodied narrative for wellbeing? Start Date: 19/10/2020 End Date: 19/11/2022
  • Simon Scott-Harden Active forms of Responsive Environments Start Date: 05/05/2017 End Date: 12/07/2022
  • Michael Pinkney Start Date: 30/05/2022
  • Namrata Primlani A New Framework for Trust in the Internet of Things Start Date: 04/12/2020
  • Erica Vannucci Digital Craftsmanship: practitioners’ principles and their significance for defining a community of practice Digital Craftsmanship: practitioners’ principles and their significance for defining a community of practice Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 20/02/2022

  • 3D Design PhD March 01 2000
  • Associate Fellow (AFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

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