Trained as an audio engineer and musician I developed a deep connection to time through the tool of the metronome. After years of writing and recording music this understanding of time worked its way into all aspects of life, from the pace at which I walked to the integration of new breath practices in meditation.
Seamless design on the web is in many ways dependent on a connection to time; a tempo constructed out of millisecond animations. In an attempt to understand how web design uses this unit of measurement I developed a method of conversion from beats per minute to milliseconds.
This website was built at one-hundred and forty beats per minute.
For most of my life I’ve never given time to uncover the architecture surrounding my practice. The idea of showing up for a personal discipline is far scarier than blindly reaching for ideas and approaches from others – because, when closing my eyes there’s a lack of accountability.
Now, I truly believe in establishing intention and foundation with both personal and professional creative practices – I see it as essential to being an exceptional artist. But believing it and stepping into it (or living it) are very different things. However, at a Q & A when director of the new Dieter Rams documentary said Rams told him the 10 Principles of Design were for only Rams and his team at Braun I was suddenly shook. Like, of course they were…and yet look how widely they had been adopted by designers everywhere as law and order.
If lucky I’ll spend my lifetime exploring the rich history of art and design, and along the way my principles will develop as my discipline deepens its roots. But for this very reason it’s crucial to figure out what that discipline looks like, what quality or texture it takes and how I can confidently show up for it each and every time I begin a project. And that process doesn’t come from anywhere else but my own uncovering.
My principles are written as the first thing on this page because they are the beginning of my artistic self-exploration.
While I've never considered photography to be anything other than a personal creative practice, I have always valued the work of photographers as a source of rich inspiration.
Utilising photography as a tool has helped me to experiment with colour, with light and with space in a way that digital mediums can't offer. This has led to an area of research and personal creative development.
New Material Research is a showcase of digital photographic processes; sharing a community of photographers dedicated to research and development.
We are compelled to keep records of our lives. Through journals and class books we are encouraged to ‘make a note of *blank* for future reference’. But how do we manage these personal records?
If I live to be eighty years-old, am I supposed to preemptively construct a filing system now in my late-twenties? And then abstractly; is the purpose of indexing personal knowledge and experience just a method of recalling specific times and places or is the broader point to recollect a ‘moment of self’ — recalling one memory that rebuilds an entire portion of your lifetime.
For me, this is an ongoing thread of conscious thought, constantly trying to maintain the strictest formatting systems. However, I consider now that being controlled by format has worked against me. Much information has been lost due to incorrect formatting (in the bin) — or even forgetting all together to absorb the knowledge I’m diligently filing away. And so, while I am apologetic to my future-self in this way I have an idea;