Consulting

My consultancy practice ranges from academic roles such as external examining and invited critic right through to being a guest expert for broadcasts on design, culture and technology topics.

I have been a guest expert on Alek Krotoski’s wonderful BBC Radio4 show, The Digital Human, for an episode on the relationship between technology and magic; a panelist for the annual conference of the advertising industry, Advertising Week Europe, speaking about augmented creativity; and was the guest speaker of Slime Radio Hour, on Montez Press Radio.

I have reviewed articles for Journal of Visual Culture, Journal of Design History and Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, and reviewed book proposals for Bloomsbury and Routledge. I have worked as a reviewer for Ofqual, the UK’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, on the GCE A-Level Design & Technology; and I was an invited critic on the MA Architecture programme at the Royal College of Art. I am also currently an external examiner at UAL’s London College of Fashion, for the School of Design & Technology.

I also work as a cultural semiotician and trends forecaster for organisations including Pfizer, Bang & Olufsen, Ikea, Vertu, GSK and Argent Related. For the details on the type of research I have conducted, please see Researching.

I come from a commercial background in publishing, advertising and marketing. I have drawn on this experience to help found the International Association for Visual Culture Studies; and founded and ran a design and branding agency working for political organisations and NGOs. In my early professional life, I was part of the Jubilee2000 team which led the campaign for the cancellation of third world debt; and I worked as a researcher for a politician — one of the good ones — during the 1997 UK General Election.