I’m a digital product designer/creative technologist, researcher, and teacher. My design approach has stemmed from a fascination with invention and working hands-on with both digital and craft materials – I love to tinker and build. As the internet of things develops around us I have come to see the value of this hands-on approach when looking to explore and understand the values we might want from everyday digital objects.
Alongside my own design and making practice, I have extensive experience building working prototype designs that are robust enough to be used in exhibitions or for testing. Though prototypes, many of these designs are an exceptionally well-finished representation of a designed artefact. Currently, I am a creative technologist at Northumbria University, supporting design students and working on research projects, alongside my own material experiments and practice. I have come to value the practical side of my work, where the challenges of novel projects bring direct and tangible reward that keeps me striving to learn and develop.
During my PhD I developed a range of digital artefacts for the everyday lives of people with dementia in care, namely, Paper Street View and the Photo Scrabbler. Through design practice, I explored the ways in which crafted digital artefacts can support emotional aspects of well-being by providing meaningful, positive experiences. Instead of designing for practical aspects of care, I considered the potential for artefacts to support enchantment and curiosity by providing windows on the outside world.