Work and Interests
My work has centered on interaction design and usability in a variety of domains, including Human-Computer Interaction, Product Design, Digital Art, and Learning. I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington.
I was a Lecturer in Physical Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London in the Department of Computing and served as Senior Tutor on the MA in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art. As a Research Fellow at the London Knowledge Lab, I focused on Learning Design, tools for pedagogy design, technology-enhanced learning (TEL), and interactive artefacts. My prior research was on using traditional design methods such as sketching to support software engineering for information visualisation. My areas of specialist knowledge are Information Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, Physical Computing, and Learning Design.
I was a Partner at design firm TinkerLondon, where we worked on projects that bridged the digital and physical worlds with interactive technology. I’ve worked as a consultant on a range of projects in both User Experience and Information Design/Analysis. See Teaching and Publications for a list of clients and projects.
In 2007, I completed PhD research at UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) in the area of Information Visualization Design methodology. My design method is called SoViz and is aimed at supporting software visualization design through collaboration and sketching. For a .pdf version, or if you are interested in visualization design, please contact me. I received awards from the UCL Graduate School Research Images as Art competition for images that were produced in the course of my research. Here are the winning images from 2006 and 2007. These were produced with software called Context Free and Processing.
In the distant past, I was a member of the post-punk studio band, the Christal Methodists, which produced culture-jamming electronic music that was almost unlistenable.