Native Design :: Lead Creative Technologist

Native Design is a leading integrated experience design company that delivers both industrial and interaction design solutions to many of the worlds’ leading brands including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, HP, Audi, Mercedes, Bentley and the BBC. They are based in London, San Francisco and Amsterdam. I was employed as their lead creative technologist, helping them create the cutting edge, intelligent products of tomorrow that help disrupt key industries and markets. The majority of my client-based work for is still under very strict NDAs but involved working on key Hewlett Packard, Pernod Ricard, Bowers and Wilkins and SFR products. In addition to the client-centric creative technology i was also responsible for more Technical Direction-orientated roles like sourcing, recruiting and managing their Windows, Android, IOS and Arduino developers, establishing a secure, scalable developer environment (GitHub Enterprise Edition, Jira, HipChat), setting up a Dev, Staging and Production (EC2) server and the associated work flows to support it. I also technically vetted all their internal Labs projects, installed a company-wide knowledge sharing platform and assisted the directors, both technically and creatively, on many successful pitches too.

Ecover :: Experiential Event R&D

Whilst working at Brave (part of the Billington Cartmell Group) I was asked to investigate and advise on the best way to allow two handheld Ecover Disinfection Sprays with ‘pull to release’ handles to be used as both game and content controls for an state of the art exhibition stand at a global event. After investigation into Arduinos and similar standalone hardware our decision was to use a midi interface with the amount the user pulls the trigger translating into the amount of left or right orientation required to navigate the content or aim at targets in the game. Factors like health and safety and ease of relocation and build strength were also challenges that we had to technically surmount.