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Mr Kieran O'Connor

School Director Research & Enterprise

About

I graduated from the BA Graphic Design course at Kingston in 2001, part of which I spent on exchange at Hongik University in Seoul. Two RSA and Helen Hamlyn Centre awards then enabled me to spend a year of postgraduate study on the 'Weiterbildung' programme at HGK Basel. In 2002 I co-founded BOB, a graphic design practice based in London and Zürich. Alongside this creative directorial role I have worked at Kingston since 2005 as a Graphic Design lecturer and, more recently, as the Design School's Director of Enterprise. Away from Kingston I have taught at CPUT in Cape Town, Tec de Monterrey in Mexico and in a voluntary role at the charity Kids Company until its closure. I also spent two years (2007-9) practising as a designer between London and Berlin.

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 began as a focus in designing with older members of society as a student which was recognised by the RSA and Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. It led to independent work as a practitioner with the University of the Third Age, Royal London Society for Blind Children, Disability Camden (DISC) and Walthamstow Deaf Club. My academic practice has allowed me to develop this area further—by co-creating projects which invited designers into the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and, more latterly, into the community at Old Spitalfields Market. 

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