nQuire – a new homepage

Overview When nQuire was originally designed with the help of the agency Clearleft, we had some fantastic ideas about communicating it to its intended audience, but for many reasons the site homepage was scaled back to such an extent it became unclear what nQuire was for. As a result, the resources we made available to … Continue reading “nQuire – a new homepage”


I had to create an identity for an academic project. I was told to “Keep it simple and don’t spend too much time on it if at all possible. Just a clear logo for “ReMaLIC” that can be distributed to partners as a graphic that they can drop into materials (in Arabic, French, Nepali, Bengali, … Continue reading “Remalic”

Reimagining Accessible Education

The ADMINS project has developed a chatbot to see if the technology can improve the way students disclose information about disability or health conditions. We named our chatbot Taylor. The project was sponsired by Microsoft and built using their Azure technologies. You can read what they had to say here: https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/ai4aedugrants2021/ As design consultant on … Continue reading “Reimagining Accessible Education”

Chatbot support for people with disabilities

The Open University is creating a chatbot to support people with disabilities. ADMINS aims to solve the barriers to independent living caused by online forms and administrative processes.

Team illustrations

I was asked to create a series of team illustrations to serve on our 404 error pages – an attempt to enable people who are exposed to this page to meet those who are currently trying to fix the problem being experienced and also show the array of other interests in our team. The illustrations … Continue reading “Team illustrations”

The Virtual Microscope

The virtual Microscope enables people to view geological samples online. This animation was constructed by creating an illustration of a volcano in Adobe Illustrator. I then created the sprite offset in Illustrator so that my artwork resembled an ‘old school’ 35mm film strip of 8 frames. I worked out the CSS3 animation properties on paper. … Continue reading “The Virtual Microscope”

Card design for Our Journey

An early design for the cards on the developing Our Journey project. The card will contain mandatory and discretionary fields. This version of the design shows a flip-style card enabling both sides to contain content – a summary facing side and more in-depth information on the ‘reverse’ side. This design may not make it beyond … Continue reading “Card design for Our Journey”

Engaging Opportunities

Connecting young people with contemporary research I’ve been representing engaged research, on and off, for about 10 years. Initially, this work involved Richard (Rick) Holliman and Trevor Collins who had been engaging through participatory design with a range of stakeholders to co-produce the Isotope community website. They asked me to work with them to produce … Continue reading “Engaging Opportunities”


The nQuire platform serves to provide a sandbox for those people interested in science and research. Participants can take part in research projects or author a project themselves. nQuire was developed in partnership between The Open University and the BBC. My role was to work with an external agency; Clearleft, to develop a user experience … Continue reading “nQuire”

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