Specialist in digital design for learning and positive computing.

I work towards best practice in the design of digital spaces and technologies for learning and wellbeing.

Originally from L.A., I live in Sydney, Australia. I am creative lead for both the Faculty of Education and the Positive Computing Lab at the University of Sydney. I am also a member of CoCo (the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition).

Books

I publish articles on design and I have written two books. Interface Design for Learning - Design Strategies for Learning Experiences is published by New Riders (Voices that Matter).

I also co-authored the forthcoming book Positive Computing - Technology for wellbeing and human potential with Rafael Calvo, PhD, that will be released in late October by MIT Press.

Experience

I have certainly leveraged some good karma with the incredible people I've worked with at places like the CoCo Research Centre, Savv-e eLearning solutions, and briefly at CARET at Cambridge. I have also played designer on two award winning project teams, one of which won an AITD award for "Best Learning Design". I've designed for educational and business organizations including the University of Sydney, University of Cambridge, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy, the International Society of the Learning Sciences, Channel 10, Panoscan Inc. and BMG music/Sony.

Education

My career probably started on a Lite-Brite in the mid-80s, and later I got degrees in Writing, Directing and Multimedia Design from Carnegie Mellon (Bachelors) and The University of Sydney (Masters). 

Professional Community

I was a founding member of the Elearning Network of Australasia (ElNet). I'm a member and reviewer for the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA), as well as a member of SIGCHI and a game reviewer for Games for Change. I started the Interface Design for Learning group on Mendeley.

Incidentally

I thought it was time to redesign kids' birthday parties on behalf of values and the planet so I invented the dollar party - simple, sustainable & fun! Check it out and spread the word.