Studies in the Arts (SINTA)

Portraits of doctoral students

Mark Okyere

Postal Address
Universität Bern
Graduate School of the Arts
Mark Okyere
Muesmattstrasse 45
3012 Bern

Mark Okyere

Mark Okyere was born in 1986 in Accra, Ghana. From 2006-2010, he studied Communication Design at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. In 2010-2011, he was assigned the role of a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Communication Design. From 2011-2015, he studied Master of Communication Design at the same university. In 2012-2013, Mark Okyere was a Graduate Assistant where he handled classes in Computer Graphics and Typography. Since August 2015, he has been a research assistant to students writing their project and has assisted over 20 students from different fields of endeavour in completing their thesis on time at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Currently, he is interested in interdisciplinary research where design and other fields intersect. His doctoral study will focus on non-formally trained graphic designers’ ability to design in context.


Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble, University of Bern, Institute of Social Anthropology
Prof. Dr. Arne Scheuermann, HKB Bern University of the Arts, Research, Y Institute, Design and Fine Arts

Doctoral project

A Design in Context Model for non-formally trained Graphic Designers

This mixed method study aims to develop a design in context model in order to enhance the work of non-formally trained graphic designers. Data will be obtained from interviews with key informants (professional graphic designers and non-formally trained graphic designers) in the field, as well as a survey questionnaire administered to participants (professionals and non-formally trained graphic designers). Interview data will be transcribed and analysed thematically, and quantitative data, analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results and conclusions will help inform academia, industry and stakeholders of the research limitations, future research, and policy implications.

Research priorities

Design in context, non-formal training, graphic design, design education, ethnography