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Mr Kieran O'Connor

School Director Research & Enterprise

About

I graduated from the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at Kingston in 2001. Two awards from the RSA and Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design enabled me to then spend a year of postgraduate study at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel.

In 2002 I co-founded BOB (Burgess O'Connor Burkhardt), a graphic design practice based in London and Zürich. Alongside this creative directorial role I have taught at Kingston School of Art since 2005 as a visiting, then fractional lecturer on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course. As of November 2016 I have been working as the Design School's Director of Enterprise. 

Away from Kingston I have taught at the Cape Peninsular University of Technology  and Tecnológico de Monterrey as well as in a voluntary role at the charity Kids Company until its closure.

Areas of specialism

  • Communication Design
  • User Centred Design

Qualifications

  • 1998–2001 BA Hons Graphic Design (Kingston School of Art)
  • 2001–2002 Weiterbildung (HGK Basel)

Research

I am interested in design by and with non-designers. In fact, I don't believe in the term 'non-designer' at all. This has led to a focus in user centred design and personal work alongside the University of the Third Age, Royal London Society for Blind Children, Disability Camden (DISC) and Walthamstow Deaf Club. It has also heavily influenced my academic practice, most notably in co-creating live projects with the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and, more latterly, Old Spitalfields Market. 

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