You have such a wealth of experience – how do you even explain what you do to people who ask?
Haha, that depends on who asks.
My research focus is on Tactile Typography, and I have a doctorate on that topic, believe it or not? The study and work I completed for my doctorate have afforded me the opportunity to travel the world and make pieces of tactile typography for clients including Google, Woolworths, Penguin Books and Frost*Design. I’m also planning a tactile typography book next year which showcases the work of the top 20 tactile typography practitioners around the world.
How did you get started, and what’s your most important piece of advice for people who want to get started in the design industry?
I went to Swinburne University for four years, pre-computer and learnt how to mark-up type, use bromide machines and generally create a design and finished art by hand. The transition to the computer came quickly after that, but I am always grateful for the years spent designing “by hand”. My advice would be to learn those traditional skills because pretty soon a robot with a computer can “design” a page layout or a website, but hand-crafted typography and images will be much harder to outsource. The design industry is always undergoing massive changes. Find a way to stay on top of these changes, but don’t be at the mercy of them.