Established in 2013, we operate as a collaborative research and consultancy group which is comprised of designers, academics and specialists forming a trandisiciplinary team. Working with a roster of international designers, we bring additional members on board for each specific project to form a highly-specialised, flexible structure.
Ivor Williams is principal designer and founder of Being and Dying. He was trained at the Glasgow School of Art, and has worked at some of the most prestigious design studios including Graphic Thought Facility, John Morgan studio and Tellart, working a wide range of commercial, corporate and cultural clients. Along with Alex Rothera he is co-founder of Humane Engineering, and is a Senior Design Associate at the Helix Centre, a unique design studio situated inside a London hospital. Previously he was studio director at the Italian design research centre, Fabrica. He is visiting professor of Information Design at Università Iuav di Venezia and visiting lecturer of Man & Wellbeing at Design Academy Eindhoven.
Alex Rothera is a designer and inventor focusing on the intersection of future technologies and contextual design. His work looks to first understand people and contexts to then help design future technologies which are supportive, elegant, and responsible. He holds degrees in Human-Computer Interaction and Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating he spent two years working with the Walt Disney Research Laboratory on inventing future forward technologies and products. Alex holds two invention patents and two projects which are currently being implemented for 2016 launch in the Walt Disney World Parks. He is co-founder of Humane Engineering, and a Creative Technologist for Google Inc. His work has previously shown in the Venice Biennale, ARS Electronica, Siggraph, and other international venues.
Dr. Julien McHardy is a sociologist, strategist and designer, acting as a research and innovation associate at Being and Dying. His work combines hands-on design work with sociologically informed approaches. He is editor for the new Open Access publisher Mattering Press and co-founded the design agency FiveNinety Design that recently won a Red Dot Design award for their work on a clean West African cook stove. He is also a Design and Research Fellow at Actant. He studied product and service design at the Bauhaus University Weimar and at the Glasgow School of Art were he also completed a Research Masters in Transformation Design. His PhD was jointly situated at the Sociology Department and the Imagination Lab at Lancaster University and at IDEO London.