The research team
As a practitioner in Experience design, Tristam Sparks is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Design within the College of Creative Arts at Massey University. His research interests include the effect of technology on sociocultural systems and science communication.
Prior to his recent practice as a consultant designer, Tristam led User Experience at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London. During his tenure, online brand standards and behaviours new to the organisation at the time were established. Human centred design, cross channel communication practices were also introduced alongside interdisciplinary consultation on content strategy. This activity took place with respect for how the nuance necessary in the presentation of human rights might be effected in contemporary media contexts.
While living in Europe, Tristam was able to exercise his passion for science subjects attending invitation only events at NASA, the ESA and CNES. He is a keen photographer and has professionally practiced in motion graphics and videography.
Jo is a Lecturer in Visual Communication at the School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University. She teaches across a wide range of areas including typography, editorial design, brand communication, UX/UI, and spatial information design.
She is also a funded PhD candidate within the department at Victoria University, focusing on science communication.
Jo has a background in geography and information management and has worked extensively in the NGO sector.