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Using a wide range of media and techniques to explore my fascination for creativity, I work in many fields including painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, product design, visualization, UX and user interface design.

Before moving to Bali, I was Director of Research and Development at Jawbone. I previously ran a lecture series in London at Tate Modern on computer graphics under my company Supernatural and continue now to work on speech writing and presentation development such as Green School co-founder, John Hardy's TED lectures. I use this site as a portfolio of recent projects and concepts and also home to my blog where I discuss ideas, news and areas of this great wide world that pique my diverse interests ...and yes, my real name is zissou.  

Sustainability

Since moving to Bali in 2010 I have become far more deeply involved in sustainable thinking and design. I have built a bamboo home in the jungle, grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables and make a concerted effort to become more aware and considerate of nature and it's vital role in allowing us to live on this planet. To this end, should you have a creative project you feel could advance this type of neo-realism and are looking for creative assistance, you can contact me via the link above.

Born to learn

14th January, 2012

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As a part of the 21st Century Learning Initiative and drawn from the book Overschooled but Undereducated by John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart, Born to Learn is a repository of animations aimed at bringing awareness to our current global educational crisis (my words). While possibly oversimplified, and not really offering a path to solutions, I could not agree more with many of the core concepts that they set out.
However, what really struck me was that with more and more discourse like this, it is not so much that we as objective mindful beings appreciate a problem, in this case, the failings of current adolescent education, but whether we as people in control of our own destiny and the destiny of others through our influence, will risk changing the status quo.

Watch the other two in the series on their site here.

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Morning mist

Love the light bursting through the mist on the way to my morning run.

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Eye flirtation

The following gem of a list — variations of which circulated in a number of publications at the back-end of the 1800s — was printed in 1891 in the Taranaki Herald Read on…

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Bionic man

Since becoming increasingly enthralled with the brilliance of nature and gradually learning to live within its bounds, I have noticed within myself an ever diminishing wow factor when it comes to ‘high technology’. Read on…

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Al’s got it going on

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If ever you wanted to smash two of the greatest tunes of all time into one atomic remix, Al’s got you covered. Read on…

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Born to learn

As a part of the 21st Century Learning Initiative and drawn from the book Overschooled but Undereducated by John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart, Born to Learn is a repository of animations aimed at bringing awareness to our current global educational crisis Read on…

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Thump!

Quietly working away at my desk this evening, without music for a change, when I nearly leapt out my skin as I heard a big thump and a huge shadow appeared on my desk. Read on…

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The 10 ways to know whether your job is meaningful

Well worth reading this extract from a post by Lynda Gratton… Read on…

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A comprehensive guide

A bargain at just 99 pence. Read on…

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Reggie Watts on Conan

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This just made me wake up right. Props to Natty for the link.

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Differing perspectives

I recently found this un-posed shot I had taken in Paris back in 2003. Upon initial inspection there is nothing too remarkable – especially at this small resolution. It is not until closer inspection that you realise what has been captured

Read on…

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Shapes for sounds

Now here’s a fascinating topic – A book that examines one of the most fundamental discoveries in human history: the idea that shapes can represent sounds, Read on…

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Clean sweep

This post is not merely to honor the admittedly delicious silhouettes of these brush designs by Kake Tosaka, but to consider what needs cleaning. Read on…