Prof. Jeremy Myerson
Jeremy Myerson is Director of the centre and the first-ever holder of the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design, with a remit to encourage 'design that improves quality of life'. An academic, author and activist in design for the past 30 years, he began his working life as a journalist and was founder-editor of DesignWeek in 1986. He co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in 1999 and is today a member of the College's Senior Management Team.
Closely identified with a people-centred approach to design, Jeremy is the author of many books, chapters and articles on aspects of design, art and architecture. He is an active researcher and a frequent speaker and chair at international conferences, an external examiner for the Open University and sits on the advisory boards of design schools in Hong Kong and Korea. In summer 2012 Jeremy was named by Wired Magazine as one of Britain's 100 most influential people in digital technology.
Jeremy Myerson began his professional life as a journalist on The Stage newspaper before going on to edit a number of art and design titles including Design (published by the Design Council), Creative Review, V&A Magazine and World Architecture. From 1986-89, he was founding editor of Design Week, the world's first weekly news magazine for designers and their clients. He holds arts degrees from the University of Hull and the Royal College of Art.
For much of the 1990s, Jeremy worked as an independent writer, researcher and curator in design, often with the aim of linking design industry developments to those in higher education. From 1995-8 he was Professor of Contemporary Design at De Montfort University, a frequent contributor to national newspapers and BBC News 24, and director of his own company, Design Intermedia.
In 1999, he set up the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design with Roger Coleman and subsequently played a lead role at the RCA in establishing the InnovationRCA network for business and the Design London joint venture with Imperial College London. These entities work alongside the centre in commercialising graduate research and innovations.
Jeremy has curated many national exhibitions including Doing A Dyson at the Design Museum and Rewind: 40 years for design and advertising at the V&A. He is the author of 18 books, the latest of which is New Demographics New Workspace (Gower 2010), a publication based on a major research project funded by the EPSRC and AHRC.