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I made a major vocational decision to become a teacher around 2010, and found myself especially drawn to special needs education. I work in a fantastic school in West Sussex that caters for all kinds of special needs from moderate learning difficulties to profound and multiple learning disabilities. It is the best thing I have done in my working life, and that is against some very interesting and rewarding projects with some great people and organisations.

I still do a little interactive media work, mostly maintaining existing projects, but I remain very interested in the field as it is highly relevant to what I am doing now.

My main role before teaching was in design and art direction for interactive media, where I specialised in the interpretation and presentation of collections and concepts to the public. I worked predominantly with museums and art galleries, but also with commercial companies and individuals with information or collections they wished to share with a wider audience.

My background

I graduated from Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, London, in 1978 with a first class honours degree in Graphic Arts.

Image National Gallery of Art Washington DC

I was a self-employed graphic designer and lecturer for almost ten years from 1980, designing mainly educational projects for clients including British Telecom, The Post Office and Encyclopedia Britannica. I started using computers in the early days of the Macintosh and DeskTop Publishing, and began to design for the screen in the late '80s.

In 1991 I was recruited by Cognitive Applications, a pioneer new media company, as Creative Director. I remained in this role full time until 2000, designing or art directing numerous projects including major public installations for San Diego Museum of Art, California, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Science Museum, London, and Manchester United Football Club.

Image Royal Collection web site

From 2000-2014 I was self-employed as a designer and design consultant, specialising in interactive media for museums, art galleries and other collections. Based in Brighton, England, I worked internationally with organisations including the British Royal Collection, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. See the projects page for a selection of past projects.

Please see also Clients and Awards.

Teaching, lectures, conferences and papers

I have taught and given lectures in art, design and art history at many British colleges of art and universities including Brighton University, Camberwell College of Arts, the London College of Printing, Canterbury College of Art, Bournemouth Arts Institute, Barnet College of Art, Ravensbourne College of Art and Middlesex University. This experience ranges in scope from one-off talks to periods of employment as a half-time Senior Lecturer, first at Camberwell and later at Brighton.

I have presented papers or demonstrated projects at a number of important conferences and seminars on multimedia, including: EVA 96 in London; ICHIM 97 in Paris; Museums and the Web 99 in New Orleans; ICHIM 99 in Washington DC; and ICHIM 03 in Paris where I co-presented the Royal Collection's e-Gallery.

In January 2002 I co-presented a lecture/demonstration of work-in-progress on The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In September 2003 I co-presented the completed project at Boxing Clever: a Centennial Re-evaluation of Joseph Cornell at the University of Essex.

In April 2006 I co-presented a session Deep Impact Art: Where Narrative and Technology Meet at the 100th anniversary conference of the American Association of Museums.

In November 2009 I co-presented the MOACAT touchscreen system at the Museum Computer Network conference in Portland, Oregon.

In 2011-12 I trained as a teacher and since then I have been teaching ICT, Computing and other subjects, and I am now completed focussed on special needs education.

Illustrations on this page, from top to bottom: The Attic (for Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio); The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell; Still from an animated deconstruction of the first lever escapement (for the Royal Collection); The Micro Gallery at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; MOACAT touchscreen interactive, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver. See my projects pages for more.