I am a lecturer (equivalent to assistant professor) in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. I teach in the Digital Media and Interaction Design subject area and research in the Centre for Interaction Design.
My research centres on digital technology and the arts, both as a medium within creative practice and as a tool for engaging with arts collections. My work centres around Digital Storytelling and Physical Computing and where these two subjects meet. I am particularly interested in the boundary between the real and the virtual.
I make working interactive products that help expose our relationship with technology. I also work with organisations creating bespoke interactive experiences.
I was a BT apprentice. BT sent me to college on day release and I got into University where I gained a BSc Computer Science and Management Studies.
I was a publisher. During my final year at University, I started a publishing company. We founded 2 magazines; The Lock and Sleaze Nation. Sleaze Nation was considered to be very successful.
I was a hipster. I spent the late nineties starting various digital projects that had very short lives, DJing badly and generally being a stereotypical Shoreditch type.
I was a retailer. I was recruited by Urban Outfitters when they first started in Europe and worked there for some time.
I started a family.
I studied again. I studied an MA in Digital Media at London Metropolitan University who then gave me teaching work.
I worked in a prison. My first teaching job was showing women prisoners who had never seen the Internet how to build web sites.
Now I'm a lecturer. I have a PhD titled Appropriating Interaction.
I currently lead the modules Digital Storytelling, Creative Technology, Responsive Environments and 60 credit honours project.