I am a licensed professional engineer and graphic designer with a passion for typography and information design, particularly in the areas of navigation/wayfinding, typographic legibility, type deconstruction, and the effective visual display of complex information streams.
I have been a member of OCAD University
's Faculty of Design since 2011, and currently teach Wayfinding/Information Systems. In previous years, I have also taught Advanced Typography, Typography 2 (Structures), Communication: Surface, Object, Space (3D design), and Graphic Design 1.
Outside of OCAD, I hold the position of Senior Manager & Creative Director, Information Design, with the Strategic Analytics & Modelling practice group of multinational accounting, consulting, and professional services firm Deloitte LLP
. In this capacity, I have the privilege of working with the smartest people I have ever encountered in my life.
Before attending design school, I worked for over 15 years as an mechanical engineer in a number of industry sectors, including automotive, computer hardware manufacturing, government, and consulting. My final engineering job was in the aerospace industry in North Carolina, designing and manufacturing air navigation and control surface positioning systems for US Navy fighter and electronic warfare aircraft. I also became an expert at navigating the byzantine intricacies of the US Federal Aviation Regulations—perhaps the most incomprehensible series of documents ever written.
My ongoing interest in graphic design and typography, combined with an intense discomfort with the ethical implications of my role as part of the North American military/industrial complex, eventually led me to the Ontario College of Art + Design (now OCAD University), where I entered the graphic design program in 2004.
During the summer of 2007, while still a student at OCAD, I was accepted into the summer design program at the Basel School of Design
, where I had the privilege of studying under the direction of legendary German/Swiss designer and educator Wolfgang Weingart. The program eschewed any use of computer technology—we cut type from specimen sheets with x-acto knives, and set it by hand. When Professor Weingart deemed our designs to be acceptable, we were instructed to tape them down. (To this day, I consider the words "tape it!" to be the highest form of design praise.) I returned from Switzerland with an empty wallet but a new insight into typography, composition, colour, and form.
During my time at OCAD, I became interested in the emerging field of information design and data visualization. I quickly came to realize that, given the vast quantity of digital (and analog) information with which we are flooded on a continuous basis, the ability to depict complex information streams visually in a manner easily understood by the average reader would become the single most important skill that a designer could possess. Simply put: those who can control the visualization of data will rule the world
When not designing stuff, art directing other people's stuff, or critiquing stuff that students give to me, I can usually be found lifting weights, practising yoga, or pontificating on one or more of the following subjects: postmodernism, politics, Premier League football (particularly Manchester City FC), punk, post-punk, & electronic music, cultural theory, art history, & single malt whisky.
I find myself compelled to read difficult works of postmodern literature. During a particularly determined period in my life, I read Mark Z Danielewski's House of Leaves
& Avital Ronell's The Telephone Book
AT THE SAME TIME.
MBTI Personality Type: ENFP(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENFP)