I am a freelance designer, programmer/developer, animator and artist that is always looking for exciting new adventures in the continuously evolving digital and creative landscapes.
Most importantly I am committed to life long development as a creative practitioner, and am eager to build relationships with creative people from whom I can both continue to learn and to whom I can meaningfully contribute.
I have had the good fortune of working as an Associative Lecturer for the University of Arts London.
I have worked with a wide range of clients in three different countries, in varying areas of business with differing target audiences.
I have developed brand identities, indoor and outdoor retail signage, package designs, posters and other company collateral.
As a programmer I am continuously learning whilst building websites, physics and math simulations, installations and interactive experiences.
I have developed motion graphics for clients ranging from musicians to established corporations.
This is not my complete portfolio. It is just a small cross section of my work. Many large-scale projects are missing, and some are dated and novice. If you like the work presented here please pass by again as a more comprehensive list of projects will be added sooner or later.
Though human genius in its various inventions with various instruments may answer the same end, it will never find an invention more beautiful or more simple or direct than nature, because in her inventions nothing is lacking and nothing superfluous.
- Leonardo da Vinci
This personal project is inspired by the mathematical discoveries of Benoit Mandelbrot, Lindenmayer-systems (modeling techniques based on Noam Chomsky's theories of generative grammar), and of course the generative artwork of pioneering digital artists such as John Maeda, Yugo Nakamura and Joshua Davis.
The program is, by comparison, a very simple reflection on the emergent and evolutionary properties of nature. While the advent of the computer has allowed us to explore these properties in unprecedented ways, the properties themselves have been understood on some intuitive level for millennia. Glimpses of them can be found in traditional artwork from countless cultures. The intricate patterns on Persian carpets immediately come to mind as an example.
Enough variables have been introduced into each pattern building sub-routine to ensure a unique outcome each time the browser-based system is run. Also the longer it is allowed to run the more detailed the outcome.
It also highlights the question of authorship. While it is a person that constructs the rule system, the computer generates the resulting complexity. Should the program builder be credited with the visual output?
The project is a work in progress. The future goal is to apply Object Oriented Programming techniques, introduce new levels of complexity and possibly varying levels of interactivity.
Sunlounge is a tanning salon in Athens Greece aiming to create a lucrative franchise and expand in a relatively untapped Greek market.
The goal was to develop an easily recognizable company identity that would attract younger demographics yet still be attractive to more mature customers.
The chosen solution was a minimal aesthetic, using custom typefaces applied across all company collateral, internal / external signage, and a still in-development brochure, that in combination communicate a commitment to quality, fashion and modernity within a relaxing atmosphere.
Within Sunlounge, a sizable shop with 12 individual tanning rooms, the custom signage system allows customers to navigate the salon layout effectively whilst subtly re-enforcing the brand identity.
At night all external signage light up, and draw attention to the company logo. The vibrant magenta used in the palette reflects the vibrant colors that illuminate the rooms and tanning beds.
Whenever possible I try to challenge the notion of the web 'page', as the term itself implies a transitional phase between digital and printed media. The following websites are varying attempts at exploring the idea of the digital environment. All have some spatial quality and try to imagine ways of navigating information within a spatial paradigm. They are a little dated, in some cases created using less sophisticated techniques, but still represent my attempts to overcome the characteristics one would associate with older media.
Visual design by Mike Faulkner
An old site, restricted by the then limitations of the internet. Inspiration for the Dfuse navigation system.
Site engineering by SquareOne (Athens). The site intro and layout are my design.
Programming is an integral part of my profession and in my opinion a necessary toolset for anyone hoping to innovate in our increasingly digital world. It is remarkable how complex program architecture can become and how important it is to find robust and reusable solutions. A large part of creating complex systems is strategically planning the construction process. Not all problems can be foreseen but meticulous planning is the key for all serious efforts. Visualizing program architectures, design patterns or simply finding ways to apply visual problem solving is an important technique that I am constantly refining.
While investigating the benefits of indoor video advertising, Lush Athens commissioned a short video describing some aspect of its brand ethos. It was agreed to use an existing Lush UK shop offer that reflected the company’s commitment to recycling. The video's aesthetic was based on Lush's distinct in-store signage.
Not all projects need to be financially rewarding to be fulfilling. Sometimes feeling like you are a small part of larger efforts to tackle persisting problems is rewarding enough.
Donating a series of posters to the Lanesborough Hotel to help internally promote their fundraising efforts for Breast Cancer Awareness is an example of such an effort. An opportunity to explore ideas without the constraints imposed by clients, meet interesting people and do something positive, all at the same time.
An experiment in integrating more traditional techniques with digital manipulation. Paint marks are made on paper, digitized and then used as components with which to assemble images.
By making the TED conference a non profit, idea-driven organization, then freely offering these ideas to the public on a thriving community website, Chris Anderson has played a crucial role in the ongoing digital democratization of knowledge. I for one would be a less inspired person without the hundreds of hours of mind-blowing talks readily available just a few clicks away.
Living in a low-income, predominantly black community in south central London, it is exciting to speculate what long term effect, inspiring leaders like Barack Obama will have on younger generations in the future. A strong and intelligent man traversing difficult times.