This is the ‘about’ or ‘biography’ page with a bit more information about me, written in the third person for if you need to copy it for some purpose. A more visually interesting introduction to my stuff appears in the portfolio. Or a less interesting format is the complete list of publications. You can send me a message via the contact page.


Short version

David Gauntlett is Canada Research Chair in Creative Innovation and Leadership in the Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto (since January 2018). He was previously Professor of Creativity and Design, and Director of Research, at Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, UK. His teaching and research is about creative processes, self-initiated everyday creativity, and cultures of making and exchanging. He is the author of several books, including Creative Explorations (2007), Making is Connecting (2011, second edition 2018), and Making Media Studies (2015). He has made a number of popular online resources, videos and playthings, and has pioneered creative research and workshop methods. His research has been funded by multiple awards from the UK Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC), the European Union (Horizon 2020), and other funders. He has worked with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, and Tate. For 12 years he has worked with LEGO and the LEGO Foundation on innovation in creativity, play and learning.


Longer version

David Gauntlett is Canada Research Chair in Creative Innovation and Leadership in the Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto (since January 2018). He was previously Professor of Creativity and Design, and Director of Research, at Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, UK (2006–18), where he led a significant shift towards impactful, creative and interdisciplinary research and creative work.

His teaching and research is about creative processes, self-initiated everyday creativity, and cultures of making and exchanging. He is the author of several books, including Creative Explorations (2007), Making is Connecting (2011), and Making Media Studies (2015). The much anticipated second edition of Making is Connecting, featuring a wealth of new material, was published in 2018.

He has made a number of popular online resources, videos and playthings, and has pioneered creative research and workshop methods. His research has been funded by multiple awards from the UK Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC), the European Union (Horizon 2020), and other funders.

He has worked with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, and Tate. For 12 years he has worked with LEGO and the LEGO Foundation on innovation in creativity, play and learning.

Gauntlett’s work has been discussed in every one of the UK’s national newspapers, from The Observer to The Sun; internationally in the New York TimesSüddeutsche ZeitungThe Australian; on BBC News, and elsewhere.