I am an interaction designer, creative director, lecturer and artist. I’m currently running my own open practice, consulting and teaching in London.
I am interested in making work that allows for real-time interaction between people, places and objects through the use of technology. I want to create work that helps people experience their environment in a different way – their community, their perception and their interactions.
Ever since I saw the Wizard of Oz I’ve been interested in the meta, the mechanisms or systems that enable stories to be told or society to function. I’m fascinated by the possibility of making systems that allow others to share their memories or tell their stories.
Between 1998 and 2001 I studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial, before completing an MA in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art in 2003. Post-graduation I worked at Benetton’s communication research centre, Fabrica, before returning to London where I worked as the interaction designer at UnitedVisualArtists – touring with the likes of Battles, U2 and Massive Attack, as well as collaborating on installation works such as Monolith, Volume and Hereafter.
After discovering openFrameworks, I co-founded the interactive collective YesYesNo with Theo Watson and Zachary Lieberman. In 2008 I co-founded the craft, design and technology studio Hellicar&Lewis with Pete Hellicar. We ran the studio together until 2016 with the express aim of building a creative business around Open Source.
If you’ve got a question, request, comment, challenge or idea, get in touch:
- Email: me at joelgethinlewis dot com
- Twitter: @joelgethinlewis
- Github: JGL.
My presentation as part of INST-INT 2014.
Current and previous roles:
Since 2015 I’ve been a member of the faculty of Year Here as well as a mentor. Past and current mentees:
London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
Since 2014 I’ve been a member of both the Graduate School Industry Programme and the Industry Mentoring Scheme for postgraduate students and graduates at LCC. Past and current mentees:
The Enlightenment Club
A monthly social club, founded in January 2009.
I worked as the interaction designer at UVA between January 2005 and July 2008.
I worked in the interaction department of Fabrica between January 2004 and December 2004.
I worked as an interaction designer on the Prada Epicentre project in 2001.
Royal College of Art
I did an MA in Interaction Design at RCA between 2001 and 2003.
Dazed&Confused Magazine /Another Magazine / Rankin Photography
I worked as writer, interaction designer and researcher at Dazed&Confused from 1999-2004, was the webmaster of AnotherMag.com from 2001-2004 and as a photo assistant at Rankin Photography from 2000-2003.
I did a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial from 1998 to 2001.
In 1997 I worked as a Pre-University Employee at IBM.
I did work experience as a Game Tester in 1994.
I did work experience as an engineer at Lucas Girling during 1994.
Royal College of Art
Probes and Arcade
Exhibitions (as part of Hellicar&Lewis)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
The Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
The National Poetry Library, London
Semi-Permanent, Hong Kong
Watermans Gallery, London
Kalied Editions Gallery, London
Outline Editions Gallery, London
The Banff Arts Center, Canada
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Yota x onedotzero, St. Petersberg
FOAM Gallery, Amsterdam
A pre-UVA personal site, with freelance work, Fabrica Projects and my Royal College of Art Portfolio.
GitHub of latest projects.
Archive Source Repository
LGPL Source for selected older projects.