I have over 25 years experience as a designer and educator in the USA, UK and Europe. I founded and lead the BDes(Hons) Graphic design programme since 2007. Students on the programme have won over 30 national awards since 2011, the first graduating year. My experience of working creatively and teaching in other parts of the world bring a strong international focus to the programme I lead. I have a particular interest in how design can improve society globally and locally, and how engaging communities in the way design can do this allows people to take ownership of ways in which they can improve their lives. I worked as an editorial designer at a national newspaper in Scotland, and as a graphic designer in the UK and USA. My research interests lie in the territory of public engagement through the creation of advocacy, and how graphic design can play a part in solving social and health issues globally through better and more specific communication. Currently I am working with civil society groups and UNICEF in Northern Mozambique on the implementation of a series of graphic messages which encourage people to be more aware, and make better lifestyle choices when faced with endemic malaria. The messages were generated through a rigorous process of co - design, which I led in three locations in Northern Mozambique in June 2016. The whole process can be viewed here - https://www.instagram.c...arning_from_the_locals/
This project was funded (£17,500) by three sources including externally by The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Continuing using the co-design method, I am currently leading a project in a village in the North of Scotland, where local people are working with designers on capturing the industrial heritage of the village in graphic form. This process captures and re-imagines memories and stories before they are lost. The oldest participant is 89.