I’m, a Peabody Futures award-winning Creative Director, working at the intersection of , bringing innovation and new narratives to peoples’ lives. For over 20 years, I’ve worked across global teams with top companies including , , , and .
I am passionate about makingwork with cultural integrity in order to create as many shared experiences for as many people as possible. I like to call myself a "realistic utopian" and I bring my experience across design, editorial and digital to create a more affirmative vision of .
I was born into an engineer Dad and a fashion designer Mom, moved to Los Angeles when I was seven, where English became my third language. I quickly adapted to California and grasped that I don't need to understand everything in order to understand the world around me: a key skill that has stayed with me and has made me very good at .
I studied Political Philosophy at Occidental College, gained an MSc Philosophy at the London School of Economics and discovered true creative freedom while on the MA Communication Design degree at Central Saint Martins, which inspired my first book,, an exploration into how . I went on to teach design at London College of Communication, Central Saint Martins and Royal College of Art which inspired numerous articles and a further two design books.
By 2010 the death of the physical book was weighing on everyone’s hearts. Having co-founded a new MA course on Design Writing Criticism at London College of Communication (with Teal Triggs), I began to explore stories as visual expression which inspired an. This planted the creative concept seed for a business, , co-founded with friend Britt Iversen, a Mother London strategist, to publish stories that look as enchanting as the stories they tell.
Visual Editions launched with two books: a re-energised version of literary classicand a new book by Jonathan Safran Foer, , with a different die-cut on every page, a book most , that Vanity Fair (and others) quickly headlined as “very, very cool”. The book sold out repeatedly, won numerous awards and was later adapted into a ballet by with music by Jamie XX.
Six years and books later, the business hit headlines, won awards and each book proudly joined the permanent collection at The Art Institute of Chicago. We continued to push how far we could stretch IRL narrative experiences creating the first ever mass living reading and an in-room and their culturally discerning guests.
By 2016, as the world became less anxious about the threat of the Kindle, we turned our gaze to Editions at Play.. We asked ourselves: what would happen if we moved the user experience away from clinical function and towards a story approach that could be both beautiful and enjoyable. This optimistic, innovative viewpoint caught the attention of Google Creative Lab and dear friend Tea Uglow and together we dreamed up an called
As part of the Editions At Play playground, we made the first ever blockchain book, a book that uses Google Street View to The British Library, where each of our Editions At Play projects is now part of the permanent collection.and a that knows where the user is. Creepy? Yes, totally. With Google Creative Lab, we pushed the user experience beyond linear narratives, inviting audiences to and explore . These experiments won us a , hit more headlines and led us to develop the Emerging Formats program with
We went on to partner with global brands working at the intersection of product development and creative direction: streamlining 50M publications into 3 templates to create a scalable bespoke mobile native suite of; created a global campaign for the holiday season for across in-store installations, social and audio to create moments of cultural generosity for customers; developed a mobile native story in partnership with to demonstrate Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC technology and its dynamic handling in challenging driving conditions; and lead on Editorial Digital Content across social, web and events for the global Self Love campaign by The Body Shop for young activists everywhere.
When Covid-19 seized the world in 2020, together with Google Creative Lab, we took the immediacy of spoken word and created original voice activated stories by writers around the world that audiences could hear in their homes through Google Assistant. The project,, elevated the value of home devices beyond the weather or news by offering unique, tailored audio content, inviting audiences to engage with their devices in new, connected and emotional ways through cultural reflections.
I have given talks on the intersection between design, culture and technology around the world (UK, US, France, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia), served as a D&AD Judge, D&AD Judge President, D&AD New Blood Jury member, Webby Judge and AIGA judge and held the role of External Examiner at the Royal College of Art.
Today, I bring my 20+ years experience, my agility to adapt to technological shifts and sensitivity to evolving cultural landscapes to lead on global projects that create serially never seen before ‘wow’ moments for audiences. I live in West London with my, my writer husband and our rescue dog . And my life motto is “Wouldn’t it be cool if.”