My chief role is in design and art direction for interactive media, where I have specialised in the interpretation and presentation of collections and concepts to the public. I have worked predominantly with museums and art galleries, but also with commercial companies and individuals who have information or collections they wish to share with a wider audience.
My design approach places equal weight on visual appearance and on functionality. I know what is possible and how to achieve it, so I can ensure that my work performs well and robustly.
I also have extensive project management and production experience that enables me to build and lead project teams to on-time and on-budget delivery. I work equally well with in-house and external teams or individuals.
I am often required to work closely with other designers and architects, and am always ready and able to ensure that my designs complement a given exhibition or building design.
I am skilled in graphics, digital video, web technologies, high-level programming and database applications. I continue to develop my specific skills as the need arises to realise or understand a new task or concept, and so that I am able to commission others from a well-informed perspective.
In summary I am a problem-solving designer always looking for a new media challenge.
If you would like to know more about working with me I can provide excellent references on request.
I graduated from Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, London, in 1978 with a first class honours degree in Graphic Arts.
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.
Since 2000 I have been self-employed as a designer and design consultant, specialising in interactive media for museums, art galleries and other collections. Based in Brighton, England, I work 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 current and past projects.
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.
Since September 2011 I have been researching the teaching of ICT and on teaching practice in British secondary schools.