Schools Design Challenge

To give some context for this story I need to start with a brief history of me… Since I left school in 1987 I’ve worked in the creative industries… printer, illustrator, graphic designer and eventually a filmmaker. However, between being a graphic designer (for 10 years) and then a filmmaker I completed a Masters inContinue reading “Schools Design Challenge”

Back to the Present – Imagineering the Future

Just over a year ago I posted a transcript of a talk I delivered to ThinkDifferently Dundee. It was based around the concept of Imagineers… go here for the original post or read the new, much shorter version that I’ve written for my LinkedIn page. I was inspired by the Back To The Future Day andContinue reading “Back to the Present – Imagineering the Future”

Creative Spaces for Building Better

What do creative spaces, for the purpose of nurturing innovation, look like? I believe I found one in a corner of the wild West Midlands run by the National Trust. I made a short film about it called Building Better – it’s a work in progress but you can see  it, and comment, over onContinue reading “Creative Spaces for Building Better”

GENERATION evaluation

Design processes are often seen as being immeasurable. Maybe because ‘designers’ believe the impact is obvious – “Look how happy they all are?!” (etc!) When it comes to using the design process in the context of ‘business’ then the bottom may well speak for itself. However, if design is going to be taken seriously in areas whereContinue reading “GENERATION evaluation”

Culture, Values and BrewDog

Speed (1994) with Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock and Dennis Hopper. What’s it about? The Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) says, “A young cop must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.” It’s actually much more frightening. It’s a cautionary tale of bad management. It’s what happens whenContinue reading “Culture, Values and BrewDog”

Here’s to the Imagineers!

I was invited to speak at the second Think Different Dundee which took place last night at Drouthy’s, Dundee. It was a great evening with a broad range of disciplines, minds and sensibilities in the room – all with a desire to think differently. What follows is a (slightly) more articulate, (hugely) less shambolic interpretation of whatContinue reading “Here’s to the Imagineers!”

Visualising Commitment – #1kHands

If you would like some background to this then go here: Commitment Of A Thousand Hands – #pcic4 With a background in illustration and graphic design the power of the ‘visual’ is central to what I do. Done well, visualisation can be an incredibly powerful tool – drawing, filmmaking, photography – they all draw the eye, andContinue reading “Visualising Commitment – #1kHands”

Commitment of A Thousand Hands #1kHands #pcic4

“Would you be kind enough to put up your hand if you feel the human side of care is under unacceptable strain in today’s healthcare systems.”  This is the statement posed by  Dr David Reilly at NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s (HIS) Learning Session three, November 2013. Reilly goes on to say,  “I’ve nicknamed this for myself asContinue reading “Commitment of A Thousand Hands #1kHands #pcic4”

Wellderly – collaborative participation

My wife is currently studying on the Design for Services Masters programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (Dundee University). Along with two colleagues from the course she has been working on a submission for the Young Innovators Challenge (YIC) – entitled Wellderly. “The Young Innovators Challenge returns with a new focusContinue reading “Wellderly – collaborative participation”

Social Innovation is… in The Melting Pot

On Thursday of last week, representing SSSC, I joined a group of people from the world of Scottish Government, NHS, Social Work, Social Enterprise and private social organisations, at The Melting Pot, for a day of conversation and activity around the question: How can we put social innovation to work for the people of Scotland?Continue reading “Social Innovation is… in The Melting Pot”