I am a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher interested in the design and development of novel interactive technologies for creative settings and practices. This research combines my deep interest in new forms of interactive technology and media with empirical, theoretical and methodological perspectives, in the human-centred design of novel interfaces and interaction techniques for a broad range of artistic and everyday creative practices.
I am currently a Research Associate (post-doc) at Newcastle University in the Digital Interaction research group, working as part of the RCUK Digital Economy Programme funded Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy (SiDE) project. My SiDE research primarily explores two themes: the design of interactive technologies that support creativity amongst people with additional needs and supporting the capture of, and reflection upon, experiences of participatory arts workshops. I am also involved with a range of other research projects that explore topics including: supporting creativity in the consumption of live events and media, originality in digital art, reflection in design education and notions of liveness in interaction design.
Prior to working as a Research Associate, I completed a PhD that explored the design of innovative interactive technologies for live performance. This research involved design-led studies of VJing and improvisational electronic music practice. Other research interests of mine include tabletop, multi-touch, tangible, tactile and reconfigurable user interfaces. Most importantly though, I love to build stuff. If you would like to find out more about my current and past research, please take a look at some of my publications and projects.
Outside of the lab I like electronic music, getting outside (especially on skis), and having a good time with my friends.