Dr. Andy Polaine is a service and interaction design consultant, writer and educator. Involved in interaction design since the early 90s, he was co-founder of the award-winning new media group, Antirom, in London. He has been a creative producer at Razorfish, UK and was Interactive Director at Animal Logic, Sydney. Andy was head of the School of Media Arts at The University of New South Wales, Sydney before moving to Germany, where he now lives. He holds a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney in which he examined the relationship between play and interactivity.
Over the years he has worked on projects for a wide range of clients, including BBC Worldwide, ABC Australia, The Science Museum, NatWest Bank, Razorfish, University of New South Wales, The Omnium Research Group, magneticNorth, Massive Interactive, Animal Logic, Poke, Alex Proyas, AstraZeneca, NortonHealthcare, Live|Work, RiverSimple, Levi Strauss & Co., VW Germany, Telenor, Crich International School, Proto Partners, Optus, Launchlabs; Three UK. He regularly gives presentations and workshops for conferences and businesses.
Andy divides his time between heading the Service Design specialism onthe MA Design and BA Design Management, International at the Lucerne School of Art and Design in Switzerland and his work as a consultant and writer. He has written over 160 articles and papers and co-authored the Rosenfeld Media book, Service Design: From Insight to Implementation. His personal site is Playpen and can be found on Twitter as @apolaine.
Andy can help you with
- Research and Service Design Strategy
- Working as an interaction and service design consultant, Andy can work on insights and background research through to developing a complete service proposition. With his background in interaction design, he can draw up wireframes or sketch concepts and simple storyboards and his happy presenting to clients. Although he can cope well with being parachuted into a project, it’s usually better if he can be there from the outset. This kind of consulting can be for an agency servicing a client or for clients directly. Andy can also help organisations who don't have their own in-house service, UX or CX
- Team or Individual Mentoring and Coaching
- With a long history of teaching and mentoring, Andy can help a team or individuals who need some external input, helping to push the creative thinking on a project into a different direction. Some projects need a divergent process to expand and explore unusual ideas and get the team out of a rut, other teams or projects are floating and too vague and need some help focusing down. This kind of mentoring is generally tightly focussed on a particular project or issue and Andy can bring a range of methods and techniques to bear on the problem.