Boundary-pushing isn’t always welcomed, but 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’ve told 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, told Apple where to focus on Wearable Tech, Publishing and AR and continue to test products, services and theories to destruction – or survival.
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.
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.
As a keynote speaker, presenter and host, I have taken challenging messages about design, technology, innovation, publishing, marketing, social media, startup economies and the automotive industry to New York, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Mannheim, Riga, Belgrade, Sofia, Warsaw, Dublin, Amsterdam, Beirut, Dubai and multiple media platforms.
I have presented to Government Officials, Presidents and Prime Ministers. I am just as comfortable emerging from cars on stage, shooting fireballs, flying Artificially Intelligent Drones, presenting entire keynotes in VR and Live Streaming 360º delegate videos from the centre of the audience as I am standing on stage surrounded only with my thoughts and ideas. Whether you are looking for a keynote that delivers full theatre as well as thought leadership or, a deeply dynamic and engaging unplugged talk, I cater to conference organiser requirements whilst adding Dean Johnson Innovation to ensure you have a keynote that your delegates will be talking about long after your event is over.
Contact me to talk about how I can bring my unique blend of thought-provoking words, actions and entertainment to your team, event or broadcast.