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About Us

ICONS Online is a not-for-profit organisation set up to develop projects like this one. It is being incubated by pioneering new media company Cogapp.

The project is supported by an advisory board and commissioned by Culture Online, a part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Who's Who in the ICONS team

Jerry Doyle, Managing Director

Jerry Doyle manages the not-for-profit company, Icons Online that has been set up to deliver the ICONS project. She has led communications teams for national charities, including working as a Director and Head of Communications at Diabetes UK, Comic Relief and The Children’s Society. Jerry was instrumental in helping to "raise the bar" on Comic Relief’s website fundraising effort for the ’99 Red Nose Day from a previous ’97 total of £30,000 to almost half a million pounds. She also dramatically improved the new media outlets of Brighton & Hove City Council during her time there. As an English literature graduate and a trained journalist, Jerry still passionately loves writing and is currently working on her own novel.

Daniel Hahn, Editorial Director

In recent years Daniel Hahn has worked as a writer, researcher, editor and translator, on a wide variety of projects. He has written a book about a zoo, translated two Angolan novels and the autobiography of Brazilian footballer Pelé, edited a series of guides to children’s books and curated various exhibitions, including the permanent exhibition at Shakespeare’s Globe. He also runs a series of fund-raising events for Human Rights Watch (Judi Dench on stage with one of the Sex Pistols, Sting with Sandi Toksvig, who was pretending to be Jane Fonda at the time..., and so on). He has also taught, and is on the Board of Governors of a Brighton primary school.

Alex Morrison, Project Director

Alex Morrison is managing director and founder of Cogapp, the parent company of not-for-profit company, Icons Online. Cogapp won the commission from Culture Online to develop the ICONS project. Working on applications of new media since the mid-1980s, he has directed large-scale projects for clients including Apple, the National Gallery, Microsoft, Manchester United and MoMA. He started work on developing the ICONS project in 2003.

Rachael Rainbow, Project Manager

Rachael is a Senior Producer at Cogapp. She has worked as project manager and producer on many of their projects, including the redevelopment of the Home Office website; the Together knowledge base for the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, and the LEARN website for the European Commission.

Prof. Malcolm Garrett, Creative Director

Malcolm Garrett is a true pioneer of digital design, technology and thinking. His career has spanned pop music and popular culture, the arts, broadcast, publishing and digital media, including award-winning projects for clients such as Carlton, Trinity College Dublin and the Science Museum. Malcolm was appointed Visiting Professor of Interaction Design at London's Royal College of Art in 2000 and is also Visiting Professor at Central St Martins. In 2000 he was made a Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts, the first interactive media designer to be honoured in this way.

Colin Jenkinson, Senior Designer

Colin is Senior Designer at Cogapp and has a BA Honours Degree in Graphic Design, graduating from Central St Martins in 1993. His experience spans over 12 years in mixed media, from Bafta-winning animation projects for the BBC, to interactive projects for Channel 4, Mute Records and Interface Europe. He currently works as a Senior Designer at Cogapp.

Tristan Roddis, Senior Developer

Tristan is Senior Developer at Cogapp and has been programming database-backed websites for over seven years, including numerous corporate intranets, extranets and e-commerce sites. He is intimately acquainted with several types of database and operating system and speaks a variety of server-side programming languages. His current favorite of these is Python, which was used to build the ICONS site as part of the Zope and Plone frameworks. He has a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry and a largely wasted ability to repair ultra-high vacuum systems.

Ted Davis, Community Programmes and Education Manager

Ted’s professional career touches into many facets of creative IT media, working in both the public and private sector. Having worked closely with numerous e-learning projects at the Office of Learning Technologies, he then went on to a role in strategic communications for Nomensa, a UK company specialising in web usability and accessibility. Completing his formal studies in Fine Arts and Media Technology with the University of Ottawa, he has always maintained a focus to encourage human communications online, through creativity, innovation and vision. Ted has settled in Brighton to contribute to its rich cultural diversity, and so he can visit the beach every day to hear, smell and see the sea.

Mark Pawlak, Editorial Assistant

Mark is a recent graduate from Brighton University, who joined the ICONS team after an internship proccessing our A/V and picture files.  A former member of the armed forces, Mark is continuing his education by studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Media Arts and applying his research and writing skills to our News sections.  A keen photographer, he also helps publish new content and develop communications with our media contacts.

Maria Gibbs, Picture Researcher

Maria Gibbs studied for a Masters degree in Art History at the University of Sussex. For the past 15 years she has enjoyed working as a freelance picture researcher, on projects including many front-list music titles for Dorling Kindersley and the Manchester United Museum (working with Cogapp). Now enrolled on a law course, she is proud mum to Alfie and Archie.

Stuart Walton, Senior Writer

Stuart has been a journalist and author since 1991. His books include Out Of It: A Cultural History of Intoxication (2001) and Humanity: An Emotional History (2004). He is also a wine and food writer, and has written introductory guides to wine and cocktails, as well as writing a large annual chunk of the Good Food Guide.

Emily Sands, Writer

Emily has a degree in Visual Culture, and completed the NCTJ Magazine Journalism course at City College Brighton in 2005.  She was also the first Renaissance Student Writer for the 24 Hour Museum.

Peter Chrisp, Writer

Peter Chrisp has been a professional writer for the past 15 years, writing some 80 books on historical subjects for young readers. After studying and teaching English literature, he began writing about history while working as a researcher at the Mass-Observation Archive at Sussex University. His books cover a wide range of subjects, including Victorian crime, whaling, Shakespeare, dinosaur hunters and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Jane Utting, Sub-Editor

Jane has worked on a number of London-based magazines and newspapers over the past 10 years, including Marie Claire, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Times, the Evening Standard and Sainsbury's Magazine. Now working as a freelance writer, sub editor, proofreader and copy editor, she returned to Brighton in summer 2004 after back-packing round the world for 10 months. Jane, a history graduate, started her career in Brighton in the early-1990s, working as a news reporter for the Argus.

And also...
The editorial team are supported by a number of freelance writers and researchers: Abigail Anderson, Ann Blackburn, Rose Collis, Robbie Hudson, Ally Ireson, Jo Lawrence, Adrian Lee, Roz Tappenden and Steve Whitehead.

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