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So who is Biggles?
Once, when he was seventeen, he walked into college wearing his father's flying jacket, as he took off his motorcycle helmet, someone said "Ah, morning Biggles" and the nickname stuck.
So much so, that forty four years later everyone still calls him Biggles. As with so many names, it fits. He is a slightly eccentric English gentleman, going on polymorph.
Originally trained as a graphic designer, he went to the Royal College of Art where "I spent a lot of time playing on the toys in other departments as well as doing graphics". The result was a person of very diverse interests and talents.
Biggles developed a working knowledge of graphic, digital and 3-D design, as well as specialist knowledge of Renaissance perspective, photography and interaction design.
He did not want to be pigeon holed, and so became a freelance artist/designer. This indeed has led to a varied career. When working as a creative director with the Swiss ad agency Stolder and Suter, he became involved in product design.This was to become Swatch.
He also started teaching one day a week, and is now a Senior Lecturer in Interactive Design here at LCC. "I find teaching intensely rewarding, particularly when you build a student up or inspire a great piece of work. It's also a perfect way to give something back to a wonderful profession".
His graphic work spreads across the 2D-3D boundary in a typically varied manner, from health education booklets and go faster stripes on Mycenaean galleys, websites to rock albums, he even has 6 Patents.
He particularly enjoys making 3D illustration (Odd Objects), typography and interactive design – was an early adopter at beginning of the Web in 1991.
This fast developed into a passion for a much broader definition of Interaction Design that encompasses people, objects, materials and social design. He is now a Lecturer and Interaction Design consultant.
Between projects he organises events, happenings, and occasionally makes sculpture both commissioned and non commissioned.
His greatest love is making what he describes as Odd Objects and things that do things. "The world is full of boring utilitarian items. I believe just about everything can be made to be fun. I love to make the extra ordinary out of the ordinary".
The commonality to his work has to be flexibility, wit and humour and his belief that "all forms of art and design relate". So, he has been described as a designer, an artist, an inventor and of course, Biggles.
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