I am a design researcher and facilitator experienced in identifying and addressing themes which emerge as part of a research through design process; engaging design to explore other fields. And in researching for design; gathering insights and ethnographies which reveal areas that can be addressed through design intervention.
I explore methods for implementing material practices as research tools in the area of emerging technology and data experience. Themes including the feeling of being ‘reduced to numbers’ by physical activity trackers and their data; generating new approaches to discuss our relationships with immaterial concepts such as AI and the personal and emotional experiences of fibre nternet experience are addressed as information experience is reappropriated as a physical material for design.
The outcome of the research is a methodology for implementing practical material engagement in experiential research encounters including workshops, public exhibition and ethnographic study. The findings present new spaces for inquiry and new references for design research which employs material approaches and methods including prototyping and object creation, physical experience and sensory engagement and relationship building.
A long term passion for running and long-distance events has fuelled interest in addressing ways to engage people with physical activity by harnessing aspects of our existing environments and technologies- a ‘health by stealth’ approach. My research interests more broadly are health and well being, technology innovation and experience and the role of design in tech ethics as well as actual textiles, physical objects and real people- “things you can actually touch and believe!”
- TV interviews,
- Radio/podcast interviews,
- Provide media quotes,
- Special advisor,