My brand of change has never failed to deliver results. From my earliest business interests (at the age of 13), starting a magazine and software label, through a career as a graphic designer, to the combination of design, technology and innovation over the last decade.
I am an International Keynote Speaker and Host, BBC Tech Pundit and Mentor for The British Fashion Council. My decades of experience and passion for the design industry have lead me to my Vice Presidency and Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Designers.
In 2009, I successfully predicted the existence of Apple’s iPad and helped deliver the first app on day one to expand opportunities for the Publishing industry. I designed, produced and wrote one of Apple’s first interactive iBooks. I followed this with deeper focus on Wearable Technology, resulting in an automative app title alongside the launch of the Apple Watch.
I’ve advised heads of global automotive brands to integrate reclining seats for sex in autonomous vehicles. I’ve given VR advice on Capitol Hill at the heart of US Government. I have demonstrated emerging technology to NATO, advised Apple where to focus on Wearable Tech, Publishing and AR and continue to test products, services and theories to destruction – or survival.
But what happens when the technology we’re faced with doesn’t go far enough, or the messages from or about an industry just aren’t going anywhere? You push and you deliver your own results. Nowhere is that better illustrated than in my 48 hours in Virtual Reality where I tested full body interaction driving a go-kart and strapped to the top wing of a bi-plane, fell asleep and woke up in VR to test mental awareness and had a tattoo whilst wearing a headset to prove the benefits of virtual distraction to mitigate pain.
As a consultant, I offer the businesses I work with my expertise around Design, Technology and Innovation, helping them tell their brand stories by creating seamless narratives that look at the bigger picture. During more than three decades of experience, I have seen many organisations think with a ‘platform first’ or ‘future potential’ mindset, rather than considering how human beings will not only connect with them but why they WANT to engage and talk about that brand. This is what I do for the brands I work with.
If you're ready to take a step, it's time to design the future together.
As I said in the closing remarks of my TEDx Athens talk:
"I'd rather apologise for something awesome than ask permission for something lame"
Dean Johnson (@activrightbrain)
Demonstrating The Future: The XR Immersion Suit
I don't simply talk about pushing boundaries, I actually push them. Working with incredible global tech startups such as Teslasuit (full-body haptics), Solos (HUD), ENKO (bionic shoes) and Ellusionist PYRO (fireball flamethrower) I am continuously developing my XR Immersion Suit – to not only see the visual, augmented and connected future, but to feel it whilst enhancing real-world interactions.
The Suit offers a unique blend of technological demonstration, design integration and an essential focus for conference opening or closing keynotes for maximum content and event exposure.
If you would like to join me to integrate your wearable technology, FashTech, VR, AR or IoT device, contact me for partnership opportunities.
My interactive iBook Digital Publishing: The Next Steps has held a top 20 position in Apple's Design book charts for over 6 years. It offers a visual look into the world of digital publishing and its potential for the future. Available as a free download for all Apple devices.
I have participated in hundreds of speaking engagements, delivering keynotes to Government Officials, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Fortune 100 companies, brands and events from all industries, globally.
I have empowered audiences in multiple environments, inspiring, educating, entertaining and motivating his audiences to take action. Highlights include: Capitol Hill (Washington), Strelka Institute (Moscow), Ministry of Defence (Wiltshire), Rockefeller University (New York), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London), The Royal Castle (Warsaw), NATO (London).
I don’t just talk about the future, I design it. I push boundaries, making the impossible, possible. On stage, I can be deeply dynamic with an unplugged engaging keynote or full theatre, where I take the audience on an experiential journey that does more than make them think. I put them at the centre of the action. They hear, see and experience all the workings of an Activ Right Brain as I empower them to adopt a tomorrow mindset, today.
Every presentation is customised to suit each audience
My design background means my presentations are very visual. No death by Powerpoint
I have the ability to make people think and laugh. I have been told this makes me a firm favourite for both conference organisers and attendees
I am organised, approachable, considerate and easy to work with
I use the extensive reach of my social media channels and my private network to promote your event before, during and after
Designing the Future, Collaboration and Disruption, Pushing Digital Boundaries, Man For/Against Machine, Autonomous Vehicles, Full Body Immersion, Connected Cities, Industry 4.0, Storytelling, VR/AR/XR, Hearables, Disruption, Mobility, IoT
For availability and to request a copy of my Speaker Information Pack, contact my Speaker and Engagement Management to see how we can work together to design the future at your event.