I grew up in a small town called Bampton in Devon, United Kingdom where much of my immediate family still reside.

At 18 I left Devon to study Geology at Royal Holloway, University of London where I graduated in 2009 with an MSci in Geoscience.

After this I was employed in the oil and gas exploration services industry, first as a data manager (lifting and cataloguing boxes of rocks in a warehouse!) and later as a software product manager.  In September 2014 I was fortunate enough to be accepted to study towards a PhD from the Innovation Design Engineering department of the Royal College of Art.

I have a keen interest in all things technological and while my reach often exceeds my grasp (especially when it comes to repairing things, often things that I have broken), I am always eager to further myself.

I will at some point replace/add to this page with my own personal, interactive chronology.


My Research:

I recently started a collaborative research project between the Royal College of Art and The National Archives, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The research revolves around the effective use of interactivity and animation in time-based data visualisations (chronographics) to assist users in discovering new knowledge.

Other related aspects of the research include:

  • how engaging, attractive and useful chronographics can be produced and used
  • how doubt, controversy, inaccuracy and other kinds of uncertainty can be represented in chronographics
  • how data from more than one source can be integrated in a single visualisation
  • investigating the relationship between exploratory and explanatory visualisations

I find myself in the enviable position where I have access to the datasets of The Nation Archives and the experts at both institutes, and as such will be exploring these topics by exploiting my available resources.  I am working closely with the “Traces Through Time” team who are attempting to deliver a toolkit that can identify and match individuals across different datasets.

My supervisors are Professor Stephen Boyd Davis at the Royal College of Art, and Dr Sonia Ranade at The National Archives.

For more information, please visit the RCA website.


This Website:

The purpose of this website is to:

  • Encourage me to improve my website building, management,  and coding proficiency
  • Document some of the more interesting aspects of my research
  • Serve as a platform where I can practice writing (which I desperately need to do)
  • Act as an online portfolio
  • Increase my “digital presence” (which until now I was reluctant to raise)

In it I will attempt to write with no particular topic, just things that interest me.