London-based writer, editor and brand consultant specialising in the consumer industries, with a focus on technology, luxury and retail.
Jonathan writes about innovation in the consumer industries – from technology to fashion, design to retail. For commercial clients, he helps brands find their voice in this fast evolving landscape. Using a mix of consumer insight, brand strategy and content creation – as well as drawing on a wide network of collaborators – Jonathan helps brands make meaningful connections.
Having worked in-house at global media companies including the BBC, The Financial Times and Monocle magazine, Jonathan brings a strong editorial perspective to all client projects. He has held editorial director roles at commercial agencies including Meri Media and The Future Laboratory, working with clients including Gucci, Hermès, UBS, Airbnb and Facebook, as well as overseeing the consumer insight publisher LS:N Global.
Since setting up his own studio, Jonathan has been executive editor at Soho House, monthly columnist for Mr Porter, and has worked with brands including Google, BMW, TOG and Hyundai Card. These projects range from live events to custom podcasts, monthly print magazines to ongoing social campaigns.
He has lectured 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.
Google Arts & Culture
The Financial Times
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.