Exhibitions such as Under Spaghetti Junction and Vacant Possession funded by the West Midlands Development Agency and reviewed in Performance Magazine, 1992.
After an MA in Hypermedia Design at Coventry University, I taught at the RCA and at ARTEC , an organisation teaching long-term unemployed digital media and coding skills.
Andy Cameron, inspired a group of students at the University of Westminster to challenge what I had coined the multimediocre industry that we were seeing develop and produce something unique and fantastic. I was coding tutor on the seminal Antirom project teaching the new Lingo language in Macromind Director.
Amongst all the brilliant pieces, I remember one student created a wonderful minimalist piece that was just a cursor on a white screen, but as you moved around it randomly fell away from you and "dropped" into a liquid screen, creating concentric ripples. You get a hint of it around 10 minutes into this showreel.
In 1994 and developed an online community tool called Spinalot, and was invited to work with Apple’s Advanced Technology Group in Cupertino. by Don Norman himself. Spinalot was demoed by Apple at the Macworld event as an education exemplar.
Working with Kurt Schmucker, we created a product called Luna, with which kids using eMates (Apple Newtons in a cool ruggedised case) on the Sprint network (pre-mobile) could enter bird-watching data that was displayed using Java visualisation applets embedded in a learning community site.
Download an Apple's report it about Spinalot here: http://rubble.heppell.net/archive/spinalot/media/spinalot.pdf
Spinalot was later used as evidence in a patent troll case against Facebook proving that Facebook’s features had already been created and were freely available and in the public domain.
Spinalot was used to run a variety of what were in themselves innovative projects at ULTRALAB such as Notschool.net, Teaching Heads and many others.
I was attracted to ULTRALAB because of the work and philosophy of Prof Stephen Heppell. His You Can Too! approach to technology is one I still live by today, demystifying and sharing tools and approaches.
Digital Media Research Lab
In 2000 I joined DRML, a research lab partnership between LloydsTSB, Cable & Wireless and design agencies Rufus Leonard and the OTHER media. I created WAP mobile applications in Zope, exploring lots of the crazy opportunities on the dot.com wave. The team created lots of innovative prototypes but the DRML closed because despite being a "space for creative digital play", the sponsors realised that there would be no way to decide on who owned how much of whatever was created.
the OTHER media
I joined design agency the OTHER media. My role was mixed, including UX design, evangelising open-source software and researching new tools and approaches to give the OTHER media's clients a cutting edge.
I contributed to some of the curriculum for HyperIsland and was lucky enough to teach at the amazing Pristina Library in Kosova.
In 2005 I founded Everythingability, to work with a variety of clients on wildy varied projects, from creating iPhone apps, to improving usability, to marketing using open source tools.
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
In 2009, I joined the University of York as Collaborative Software Specialist. My role was to encourage collaboration within teams, between departments, across the university and between the university and other universities. In 2011 I was part of the team that rolled out our hugely successful transition to Google Apps and hosted the Google Education User Group conference.
I currently am enjoying working with staff and students in the area of Digital Creativity.
All of the above filled the time whilst my music career has been on permanent hold :-)