I usually like knowing a bit about people I work with or am going to meet, so this is my attempt to sum up myself in a few points.
I think what people believe, drives them.
I believe that I can improve people's lives through Design. I'm not under any delusion that Design will save the world, but I wholeheartedly believe that good Design genuinely enriches lives. For me, this enrichment is demonstrable in ease of use, aesthetic beauty, minimised environmental impact and an enduring sense of satisfaction. It's as simple as the power of eliciting a smile, but also as complex as the human mind and heart.
“Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.” Dieter RAMS
I think what people do, defines them.
I've practised Design as a Graphic Designer, as a freelance Website Developer, a Faculty Webmaster, a Desktop Publishing intern and as a Software User Interface Designer. My current focus hinges on completing my PhD in User Interface Design at the University of Sydney. I'm on a mission to demonstrate that Design is intent, academically. Part of that agenda involves training students to rationalise their decisions with credible theory. Professionally, I enjoy taking on Design tasks alongside my research when possible. I can also put you in contact with talented colleagues + I trust and who I'd urge you to consider, even in my place.
“We do not have to turn design into an imitation of science; neither do we have to treat design as a mysterious, ineffable art. We recognise that design has its own distinct intellectual culture” Nigel CROSS
I think what people stand for, validates them.
When I'm not eating, consulting, teaching or researching, I'm an idealist. I like volunteering time to good causes, like LibreOffice, SourceForge and the Papercut Collective. I'm a proponent of organisations that support the cause of freedom and equality, like the FSF. I'm an opponent of corporations that propogate the perception that good Design is an elitist premium reserved for the rich, like Apple.
“One of the most heinous, insidious lies is the notion that you have to be an asshole to be a succesful business person.” Alan COOPER
I think what people love, sustains them.
I put great stock in life's simple pleasures; a fatty meal with family and genuine friends. Conversation about life lessons, purpose and Design ideas. The smile students get when something clicks. The praise of accomplished people. Music that travels back in time and movies that bend my mind or make me laugh. Floating around in a Kayak, taking time to appreciate something as simple and yet infinitely complex as the tide. And I love philosophical quotes and buttery pastry!
So in short, I'm a pretty easy-going chap who loves to Design and thinks he can bring value and meaning to his work and life.
“I would say that an understanding of man's intrinsic needs, and of the necessity to search for a climate in which those needs could be realized, is fundamental to the education of the designer.” Paul RAND
I realised recently that this site is all me, me, me. But no one becomes who they are in complete isolation.
I've been lucky to learn-from and bend-the-ear of a handful of brilliant people that shaped my thinking, career and ambitions. In case anyone out there in the aether is looking for quality research supervision or bluntly transcendental learning; I'd openly declare that learning from the following peeps is guaranteed to make you a more penetrative thinker, aware that Design is something that takes more grit than polish;
Although my motivators are homogeneously academic, their respective research focuses are on real-world output and improvement. There's nothing fluffy about these peeps and their work, but that is self evident.
Prof. Mary Lou MAHER,
will change your perspective with the way she talks about Design as something to be understood and something to approach with equal dedication to theory and practice as an empowered practitioner.
Assoc. Prof. Andrew VANDE MOERE, will challenge what you think you know about being thorough. There is always a deeper level of understanding and Andrew makes you question whether you've reached it.
Assoc. Prof. Martin TOMITSCH, has remarkable breadth of vision over how technology can solve very human problems. It's clear that his teaching in User-centred processes stems from a deep and genuine interest in empathetic Design.