Practice-based PhD research studies at i-DAT:
PhD title: Mapping the aestheticisation of digital reading practices
My research interests lie within the below field/s: Design thinking: an ontology in digital / web aesthetics [paradigm, form, function]  Pedagogic research: an epistemology of digital reading practices
I am Senior Lecturer on the undergraduate and masters courses in Graphic Design at the University of Portmouth. My areas of expertise include motion graphics, information design, web design, digital aesthetics and interaction design. Previously I taught on the undergraduate degrees in Web Design, Design for Interactive Media [DIM] and Communication Design. After joining the University in 2003, I was heavily involved in shaping the course structure, ethos and curriculum for the Web Design and DIM undergraduate courses.
My first degree was in Fine Art and English Literature [specialism in painting] while my Masters degree is in Computing in Design [Digital Arts] at the renowned Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts at Middlesex University. The major work focused on multi-sensory interaction / user mediation in artificial environments [programmed in ‘C’ language]. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education – qualified as an Art and Design / Design Technology teacher – and extensive experience of teaching in the secondary sector. Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth in 2003, I worked for several years in commercial design practice with responsibilities in web design and sequential design [permanent and freelance positions].