Hi, I'm Tomm 👋
I’m a Human Computer Interaction PhD student at the University of Technology Sydney with undergrad degrees in Computing and Design Innovation. My research examines how social platforms shape the experiences of queer young men and explores how their design could be improved.
I also teach into Interaction Design and Design Innovation subjects at UTS. Working with students to help them expand their thinking and develop their ideas is one of my favourite things to do.
I'm fascinated by the interactions people have with technology and by the ethical, philosophical and societal implications surrounding them. I'm passionate about using design for good and promoting inclusion, accessibility and well-being.
If I'm not working/studying, I can usually be found out on the street with my camera, buried in a tech/sociology book or hacking on side projects.
In one of my courses we had to develop an idea for an entrepreneurial initiative. My group investigated how to improve the Development Application process for building works in local communities. As part of the assignment, we needed to creatively demonstrate our non-linear journey including pivots and refinements.
To do this, I developed an interactive visualisation using Google Sheets, React and d3. The user can scroll through a timeline of our journey at the top and context is provided below when a point is clicked on. By using Google Sheets as the backend, I was able to code the visualisation while other group members contributed to the content, similar to how the New York Times builds visualisations.