Lesley Kaiser

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Senior Lecturer - Communication Design

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 # 8796

Email: lesley.kaiser@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

School of Art and Design
27 St Paul St, Level 5
Auckland Central

Postal Address:

Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Address for blogs:
See blog and visual summaries on Latent grant iPad/iPhone (2012) project at:
Links to relevant web pages:

The Naughty Nineties pop-up book video:


  • Master of Arts (Art and Design) First Class Honours, AUT University.
  • BA (English and Philosophy), Victoria University of Wellington.
  • University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts (Design and Sculpture)
  • Diploma of Teaching. Secondary Teachers College Auckland

Memberships and Affiliations:

Associate Editor for The International Journal of the Book
Association of Book Crafts (NZ)


Lesley an artist/designer who has exhibited in a number of sites, e.g. TV, newspapers, electronic signs and supermarket rollouts, as well as gallery exhibitions. International exhibitions include ‘As it is now’ in the Animacall Animation Project (2011) at The Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki - part of the State Museum of Contemporary Art, and OUTVIDEO 07 (30-second video animations were shown in the night programme on 39 screens in 16 Russian cities); and Art Now: The First Biennial Review of Contemporary Art at the Museum of New Zealand (1994).

Teaching Areas:

Senior lecturer in Communication Design. Lesley teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, focusing particularly on book arts, theory and practice as well as studio practice. She received AUT’s Vice Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Award for Teaching in 2013, and the Art and Design Faculty award for teaching excellence in 2012.

Research Areas:

The future of the book; multi-model books; pop-up books; paper-engineering; bookbinding
Aphorisms and maxims; text art; site-specific installation.
Cognitive science and the origins of art.


Kaiser, Lesley. “Art and Design: An evolutionary and cognitive approach,” In Art and Design, edited by Peter Stupples. Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. [Pending]

Kaiser, Lesley. "The Naughty Nineties Movable Book Prototype (1981), and Multimodal Books in Tertiary Graphic Design." In Art and Book: Illustration and Innovation, edited by Peter Stupples. Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, 139-159.

Other publications (often in collaboration with John Barnett) include: The Naughty Nineties: A Pop-Up Book (International best-seller. First edition 1982); The Penguin Book of NZ Jokes (1996) and Shark-infested Custard: A Kiwi Kids Joke Book (1997); and a number of one-off, or small edition, artists’ books, e.g. Where We Are Now (1994), Post Art (1994), The River Sticks (1994), and Like Wrecks of a Dissolving Dream (1993)