Ben Stopher is a design academic with extensive experience as a practitioner and creative consultant in communication and digital design.
Ben joins UCA from the London College of Communication, UAL, where he led the Interactive and Visual Communication Programme, encompassing interaction design, visual communication, games design and animation.
Ben is a PhD researcher at the Royal College of Art and his research explores experimental tools for supporting design work amongst people. Specifically, through speculative prototyping, his research develops a discussion of the potentials of experimental digital tools in the context of design ideation. In evaluating the potential of ad-hoc meshes of platforms and services assembled by design practitioners specifically to support design ideation Ben’s research develops ideas of collaborative and augmented, design practice.
Ben has taught at various UK universities and led and developed courses at further education, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He currently holds the position of external examiner for Art and Design at Sheffield Hallam University and was previously an external examiner at the University of Portsmouth. He has acted as a curriculum consultant and external academic advisor for both the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths UoL.
Ben was the UAL academic lead for the EU funded INTERACT mobility project (INTERACTive Studios & Innovative Networks for Future Design Careers) and spent time on mobility with RMIT in Melbourne and Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
In 2013 and 2014 Ben was responsible for London’s first maker fair including chairing a panel at the Victoria & Albert Museum drawing on this experience and exploring design education and maker culture. Attended by over 3000 people on the day, Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire was a day of family friendly making, learning, crafting, inventing and tinkering.
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