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Here’s a bit of background about me. My name is Mark McGuire and I was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 1956. I earned degrees in Architecture (B. Env. Studies, University of Waterloo), Fine Art (B. A., University of Guelph), Information Science (Masters, University of Otago) and Media Studies (PhD, University of Auckland). I worked as a graphic designer and consultant in my own Toronto-based design company (Mediatrix Inc.) for 10 years until 1993, when I moved to Dunedin, New Zealand with my partner, Dr Rochelle Simmons, who teaches in the English Department at the University of Otago. I was employed as a design academic at the University of Otago for 25 years (1993-2018). I am now self-employed and continue to be involved in design and media (particularly photography) and open education. We have two sons, Casper (16) and Oscar (19), and two Tonkinese cats. I’m fortunate to be a New Zealander as well as a Canadian and to be living in Dunedin, a beautiful small city in a reasonably progressive country that sits happily and peacefully near the bottom of a sometimes troubled world.
A WordPress.com blog that I started in 2008 to support my teaching and research is archived here. I plan to use this new site to document and share the work that I have done since leaving the University of Otago in mid-2018. I continue to be interested in design, the arts generally, and open education. As I write this I am enrolled in two free online courses — E-Learning 3.0 and Super Drawing 1o1. I have taken up a more serious interest in photography, especially street photography, and have joined the Dunedin Photographic Society.
I put the bare bones of this website together pretty quickly so I could maintain an up-to-date post-university-academic online presence. My intention is to use this site to bring together and expand on my contributions on social media (I am particularly active on Instagram, Flickr, and Twitter). I will also feature some of my photography (mostly street shots taken in Dunedin). Feel free to use the contact form to get in touch, or send me an email and say hello (firstname.lastname@example.org). Cheers.