London-based writer, editor and brand consultant specialising in the consumer industries, with a focus on technology, luxury and retail.
Jonathan's current clients include Soho House group, where he edits House Notes magazine, and Mr Porter, where he writes a monthly column on the future of the workplace.
He has been editorial director of The Future Laboratory and Meri Media, working with brands ranging from UBS to Gucci and Diesel. He was also business editor of Monocle magazine and trained at The Financial Times.
Jonathan is author of Postdigital Artisans (2015), which looks at how digital technology is impacting design, architecture, art, fashion and luxury. The book can be found in institutions ranging from the Tate Modern to the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
He has given lectures at Central Saint Martins, Museu del Disseny Barcelona, the Edinburgh College of Art, the Barbican, London College of Fashion, the British Fashion Council and London Design Festival. He has also given in-house presentations to private clients ranging from LVMH to Condé Nast. Jonathan has a starred first degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.
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Jonathan is author of Postdigital Artisans (2015)
A note from the publisher:
This inspirational book focuses on a return to tactility, featuring contemporary artisans who craft objects by hand whilst embracing the digital age.
Digital technology has irreversibly changed how we see, think and act. A staggering number of us spend half our waking hours online. Right now, more people are gazing at a screen than looking out a window. But a deeper symbiotic relationship with the digital does not quash the desire for a tactile, physically immersive experience. Touch screens don’t eliminate the need to touch something more palpable than an electronic visual display.
It’s in this context that today's 'postdigital artisans' operate. Inescapably influenced by the digital world, they nonetheless reject strictly screen-based design and total reliance on automated production, such as 3D printing. They advocate a return to craft, with objects made from clay, metal, glass and wood. They neither turn their backs on technology nor glorify nostalgia, but their high-tech honeymoon is over. They see materials as the heart of art, design, fashion and architecture.
Postdigital Artisans profiles 60 contemporary artists and designers, accompanied by rich illustrations of their work. Essays and interviews by and with leading figures such as Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nathan Jurgenson and Glenn Adamson deftly analyse all forms of postdigital creativity, from visual art and design to architecture and urban planning.