I’m a Professor of Digital Communications and Journalism at the Lakeshore campus of Humber College in Toronto, where I teach design and code for interactive storytelling. For the last few years I’ve worked as an editorial web developer and narrative designer at Colour Story and as the founding editor-in-chief of The Toronto Review of Books, a digital magazine about books, readers, Internet, e-books, street corners, festivals, songs, thoughts, Toronto, and other artworks. I’ve found that writing code is thrillingly like writing other things, and I think a lot about books, design, film, and journalism.

ex scientia tridens

I’ve taught the history of typography, design, printing, and printmaking at the Ontario College of Art & Design, and the history of novels and reading at the University of Toronto, where I completed a PhD in EnglishBook History and Print Culture. My dissertation, Visible Histories: Print Culture and the Reproducible Past in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, looks at the prehistory of cinema through printed images and visual experiences in literature.

Other lives

My first short film, BERLIN (4 min), opened the Rooftop Film Festival in New York in 2008. Someday soon I’ll make another one.

More Books

You can see some of my bookish work in two online exhibits, Drawing Palestine from London, and Illustrating Illustration, and also in Readers and Readerships, an online encyclopaedia of reading history that I helped my students to make.

Also, WIDEN!

Or rather Workshops for Inter-Discipline Exchange & Novelty. At every WIDEN, three people from different fields speak on a common theme, followed by a half-hour of discussion. The workshops fill rooms with unexpected insight and symbiosis.

I founded the series in 2009. It grew pods at the University of Toronto St. George Campus, Ryerson University, Massey College, York University, the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, the University of British Columbia, McMaster, and Queen’s University. Anywhere else? Let me know.