Joel Gethin Lewis is a consultant, lecturer and artist who loves being a catalyst for learning for both students and clients. Joel thrives in helping people build capacity and enables them to pass on their knowledge to others. He particularly loves thinking about new uses of technology as part of a group and then helping to make those uses happen.
On learning he’s interested in connectivism, threshold concepts, open source and being anti-obfuscatory, or against the obscuring of communication.
Ever since Joel saw the Wizard of Oz he’s been interested in the mechanisms or systems that enable stories to be told or society to function. He is interested in making work that allows for real-time interaction between people, places, stories and objects through the use of technology.
Joel is currently researching solar-powered computing, the history of weaving and global scale augmented reality sculpture.
Professionally, Joel has consulted for organizations on a freelance basis – based on more than 20 years of experience working on interactive projects that blend the analogue and digital to make something new. This includes work at UVA as their first interaction designer (2005-2008) and co-founding Hellicar&Lewis (2008-2016). He is currently the Interactive Creative Director of Universal Everything.
Since 2021 he’s been the Course Leader of the Diploma in Apple Development 🍎 at the Creative Computing Institute, Camberwell, University of the Arts London. Since 2017 he’s been a mentor at Arts Emergency, which aims to increase access to the arts and humanities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.