My Name: Phil Bickerdike
Hometown: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Where you live now: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Background/Occupation: My undergraduate studies were in Computer Science/Software Development & Engineering (Computronics). I started my career as a software developer and research specialist in wireless network technology. I then moved into developing prototypes for innovation in emerging technologies. Eventually I was introduced to design thinking for innovation and working in multi-disciplinary teams of designers, psychologists, technology and business specialists. I am now a human-centred design lead for Huddle (http://wearehuddle.com) - a strategic service design consultancy with the purpose to do meaningful work and positively affect humanity.
Aesthetic Technology Preferences:
DIMENSION/SCALE: 3D (three dimensional) & human scale.
MATERIALS: Wood & Simple
LEVEL OF ABSTRACTION IN FIGURES: Naturalistic
I like tangible 3D forms that are human scale as they give rise to personal connections through experience. I detest glitter as it is cheap, showy and artificial. I love the natural, irregular grains apparent in wood, particularly lighter timbers (like Tasmanian Oak) as more detail can be seen. The texture of the grain gives the history and unique connection to the tree's life. I like simple aesthetic as it lends focus and clear purpose. Perishable items have a limited lifespan so it is sustainable and doesn't lead to waste. I like naturalistic figures best, although appreciate abstract as both are not a copy of something. Ultimately a lived experience of something happening is more important than capturing it in a photograph or film.
What is your favourite colour?
What do you think of when you think of the colour blue?
Blue reminds me of serenity.
What are three cultural values that are important to you?
Freedom, fairness and friendliness.
Provide five images of things coloured blue that have meaning for you and describe why they have meaning.
My bike (this one particularly) is very special to me. My Surly Crosscheck gives me freedom to have adventures all over the world (seen here on the streets of Paris, France).
My tent is my home away from home when I am away cycle touring, hiking or camping (seen here in a forrest clearing near Krakow, Poland). It gives me a feeling of comfort and security.
I love being in and around the ocean. The blue glassy water gives me a mixture of peace and excitement (seen here at the "Blue Grotto" in Malta).
I am a massive Star Wars fan so blue lightsabers (used by the good guys) are really the coolest weapon ever. I have grown up with Star Wars so it has always been a fun part of my life.
The blue sky above me everyday (seen here at Parliament House in Canberra) is a constant reminder of my insignificance in the wide world. Looking up into the blue sky gives me a sense of perspective and a feeling of humility.