“Who what am I? My answer: I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come. Nor am I particularly exceptional in this matter; each “I,” every one of the now-six-hundred-million-plus of us, contains a similar multitude. I repeat for the last time: to understand me, you’ll have to swallow a world.”

 Salmon Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
Chapter 26, “Sam and the Tiger”


About Me

I am a designer, a design educator and an open education advocate. I was born in Canada and have lived in Dunedin, New Zealand since 1993. I taught design at the University of Otago in Dunedin for 25 years until 2018. For about 10 years, I maintained a WordPress.com blog to support my teaching and research. That site will remain online but I won’t be updating it. Instead, I am making a fresh start with this more customisable site. I continue to be involved in design education and design practice. I have also been focussing on photography, mostly street photography and mostly shot in Dunedin, the city where I live.

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An opinion piece that I wrote about a proposal for the Dunedin waterfront was published in the Otago Daily Times on Monday 17 December 2018.

Selected Photographs

This is a new site and it is still under construction. I will add a separate page of photos soon. You can also see my photos on Instagram and Flickr.  I normally upload full resolution images to Flickr and apply a Creative Commons CC-BY Attribution licence to them there, so you are free to download and use those images. I have included a few lower resolution photos of Dunedin street scenes below (these are also on Flickr).