I specialise in crafting narratives about social and environmental innovation.
Having begun my design career in the studios of celebrated maverick makers such as Thomas Heatherwick, Marcel Wanders and Atelier Van Lieshout, I soon refocused my efforts on bringing my skills to sectors that were not benefitting from strategic design.
Now, with 15+ years working in design innovation and 10+ years leading creative communications projects for academic, government, and third sector organisations, I have a clear track record of delivering ambitious projects that make an impact.
Using bold creative and participatory approaches, my work translates complex information into meaningful narratives for people in their everyday lives, through exhibitions, workshops and graphic visualisations.
I have worked on projects for, among others: the Royal Society of Arts, the Knowledge Transfer Network, the University of Exeter, IDEO and Policy Lab – I make it a priority to work with organisations focused on developing solutions to improve people’s lives for an abundant and resilient future.
My principle mission is to forge emotional connection through my work. During the winding path of my creative adventures I have come to understand that people’s care for the world they live in depends on their emotional relationship with themselves and their environment, and the stories they tell themselves about both.
Within my practice I focus on three things:
Art, speaking and teaching
As an initial offering, I suggest a half day ‘Pick my Brain’ session where I can listen to your current challenges and work with you to develop strategic storytelling solutions. I relish opportunities to connect in person and welcome invitations to share my specialist knowledge and experience through public speaking, guest lectures and visiting tutor work. Do get in touch – leonora (at) eliostudio.com