Luke's research is predominantly practice-based and centers around exercises in independent publishing and print distribution.
In 2011 Luke (in collaboration with Stuart Geddes) edited, designed, printed, and published the award winning publication 'Head Full of Snakes', which explores attitudes towards individual agency, manual labor, and maintenance through the guise of a b-grade motorcycle fanzine. Issue #2 of 'Head Full of Snakes' was released in January 2013.
Luke has also founded and co-edited 'The National Grid' – an award winning NZ-based graphic design journal which is distributed internationally – in collaboration with Jonty Valentine (AUT University) since 2006. 'The National Grid' has received significant funding from Creative New Zealand.
Luke's particular research interests in relation to this project investigated how the development of independent and personalized distribution networks worked towards forming alternative communities of practice. The specific history, formation, and embedded attitudes of the New Zealand design industry have both framed and motivated this research. Luke's work sought to centralize the role of the physical artefact—the publication—in the development of an engaged network of participants. This research drew on practical examples set by small independent record labels, and also on tactics employed by certain New Zealand artists who have operated successfully on an international platform, in particular Julian Dashper.