I am an author, editorial designer and journalist based in Manchester. I have over 20 years of experience in print publishing – both in an editorial and design capacity – working on and contributing to numerous high-profile magazine and newspaper titles.
In 2003, I co-founded the underground / alternative culture magazine, Nude, which regularly served up an eclectic mix of graphic art, indie / arthouse film, leftfield music and cult literature. Nude ran until 2011 and was distributed to shops and galleries across the globe, including: Borders, Barnes & Noble, Tate Modern, ICA, the Serpentine, Selfridges, Victoria & Albert Museum, Pompidou Centre and MOMA.
More recently I was the co-author and editorial designer of the book, The Graphic Art of the Underground: A Countercultural History, which was published by Bloomsbury in 2014 and which explores the visual legacy of a series of subcultures and underground youth movements that have risen to prominence in Western pop culture since the 1950s.
Also in 2014, I completed an MA in Design and Art Direction at Manchester School of Art. My research on this MA centred around an exploration of the supermarket as an exemplar of the kind of anonymous, transient and highly-controlled space which has been defined as ‘non place’ by the French anthropologist Marc Augé and others, and resulted in my producing a body of graphic work based upon the aesthetic of the supermarket. Much of this research as well as subsequent work can be found on my Supermarketdada! blog.
In addition to writing and design, I am often employed as a guest lecturer at colleges and universities where I talk to students variously about my experiences as an indie magazine publisher or about the influence of youth subcultures on graphic design and visual culture.