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 interests centre 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 User Experience.