I’m an Irish creative/designer based in London, UK. Since 2004 I’ve worked in and around the design and creative industries. Along the way I’ve worked at strategic design studios; multidisciplinary creative agencies; co-founded and run an arts organisation; had stints with start ups and tech giants; and taught design at universities in Ireland and the UK. It’s been a rich, enjoyable journey so far that has seen me work in roles from designer to facilitator, and from head of dept. to director.
- Google Creative Lab
- Engaging Libraries
- It’s Nice That
- Japan Rail
- Emerson Collective
- Barbican Library
- British Heart Foundation
- IADT (teaching)
- MSX (teaching)
- UAL (teaching)
Like a lot of people, these days I’m increasingly anxious about our future: the climate emergency, rising inequality, the mental health crisis, disinformation — to name but a few issues. I’m interested in working with people and organisations who are working towards change in these areas — from small scale projects working locally, to larger organisations focussed nationally.
My background is in creating brands, content, campaigns and experiences. More recently, using design thinking tools, co-design and community engagement, I’ve been wandering into areas beyond communication. These projects tend to lean more towards research, uncovering new opportunities and building prototypes.
︎ A research and prototype project with Google exploring how users might make more environmentally conscious decisions within the Google product eco-system.
︎ A community engagement project exploring how a local library might help foster more social connections within a community.
︎ A research and prototype project for BBC aimed at uncovering new format opportunities around their flagship homepage product.
︎ An interactive installation that invited visitors to the Tate Modern to imagine and create a brighter future.
︎ A video game to help the NHS understand young people's attitudes and opinions towards emerging healthcare tech.
︎ A research project exploring how train stations might help play a more meaningful role in local communities.
︎ Junichi Takahashi