TEACHING


QUALIFICATIONS

Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (KTCP)

MIT Teaching & Learning Lab, Cambridge (USA)

Awarded June 2016

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Tools of Design track chair, 2018

Design Research Society 2018 conference, Limerick (Ireland)

In DRS 2018, I chaired the new Tools of Design track which looked to understand the development of design tools throughout history, their impact on the designs or interactions they create, and how they might change how we design and research in the future. Read more about the papers presented in this track here

Embodied Potentials Salons founder, 2015-2018

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge (USA)

A bi-weekly salon where designers, technologists met to discuss readings, videos, inspirations and their general musings on how perception, communication, affordances and interaction contribute to how we design our world today. Read more about our discussions here

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Designing the future designer’s toolbox, 2018

Reaktor Breakpoint conference, Helsinki (Finland)

A workshop that led participants to gain insights on the opportunities and challenges of integrating computation into tools used in the creative process, and consider what tools might be in the designer’s toolbox in the future

Devices of Design, 2017

Global Innovation Design program at the Royal College of Art, London (UK)

A three-week class in which graduate students learned about a more computational approach to the design process and experimented with creating concepts for both digital and analog computational design tools

Design Research for Computational Design, 2016

Design Research Society conference, Brighton (UK)

A workshop that introduced how understanding the computational design of objects can help develop research methods and tools that can seamlessly feed into the development of more intuitive computational creativity support tools. Read more here.

Communication Through the Language of Design, 2015

Solid conference, San Francisco (USA)

A lecture and workshop exploring the factors that influence our perception of forms, and how as designers we can understand the language of objects more explicitly. Read more here.

Fabrication from Fabric, 2014

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge (USA)

Fabrication from Fabric was a 3 day course held at MIT in January 2014, where students learnt the basics of making things from fabric, including pattern design, material selection and sewing. Co-organised with Laura Perovich and fashion designer Christopher Bevans, Media Lab Director's Fellow, with participation from Yan Agaev and Priscella Shum from CBAtelier, all participants were guided through the pattern design and construction of their very own T-shirt or laptop/tablet cover!



Prototype Hackery, 2011-2012

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge (USA) & Procter & Gamble R&D, Reading (UK)

How can you make prototypes which are ‘good enough’ to communicate the main working and visual elements of a concept; the ‘80:20 prototype’? Prototype Hackery was a series of workshops, developed and facilitated at the MIT Media Lab and continued at conferences and organisations around the world, that brought people from academia and corporations together to debate the reasons for and the tools to make and share prototypes using the ‘hacker’ mindset - the utilization of existing resources in a clever fashion to suit other purposes. Workshops held at UK Procter & Gamble R&D site inspired the designers, engineers, scientists and management to understand the value of sharing rough prototypes, and the regeneration of disused workshop areas into ‘protospaces’ has enabled more employees to have access to the simple tools, techniques and materials needed to easily realise their ideas in physical form. The Prototype Hackery handbook which accompanies these workshops is a summary of ideas about prototyping tools and techniques which anyone can use to quickly and cheaply create prototypes which are highly effective at communicating the physical experience of an idea.