Questioning the Edges of Design

Machine Translation [Courtesy Iman Moradi]


Long story short (or tl;dr if you’re internet inclined):

I have over two decades experience working as a designer, with clients including the Royal Mail, Absolut Vodka, and Nesta; I am a co-founder of Get Invited, a social ticketing startup; I was formerly one half of The Standardistas, championing web standards; and – in a past life in the mid-nineties – I founded an independent record label, Fällt Publishing, which I ran for over a decade, pioneering web audio distribution (many, many years before the iPod was even an idea).

I apply all of the above experience as a Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design at the Belfast School of Art, and working as a mentor to numerous startups. I am currently working on an education-focused publishing company called Tiny Books.

The long story follows….


Christopher Murphy is a writer, designer and educator based in Belfast. Adrian Shaughnessy, writing for Creative Review, described him as, “a William Morris for the digital age,” an epithet he aspires to fulfil, daily.

The author of numerous books, he has written for a wide variety of publications worldwide, including: Five Simple Steps, Offscreen, 8 Faces and The Manual; in addition to publishing the world’s most compact typography journal, Glyph, one of the inaugural publications approved for BERG’s Little Printer. For five years, he was one half of tweed-clad duo, The Standardistas.

Informing his role as an educator, Christopher is a practicing designer whose work spans a variety of media, both analogue and digital. He is a co-founder of Get Invited, a platform for beautiful, social, event registration and ticketing. His work has also featured in numerous magazines and books including Eye Magazine, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading design journals.

An internationally respected speaker, he is regularly invited to talk on a range of topics, including: the importance of improving design education; exploring how design is changing in a connected world; and the importance of growing ‘ideas cultures’. He has spoken at conferences worldwide, including: Build, New Adventures and on the topic of mental health in the technology sector, at Brooklyn Beta.

Christopher also recently organised and ran Break, an international design conference that “Questioned the edges of design.”


Christopher has over 20 years of consultancy experience, working with companies both large and small in both the private and public sectors, helping to: define strategy, question and improve process; develop brands and their personalities; and build ‘ideas cultures’.

In addition to his work as a writer, designer and educator, Christopher has founded a number of successful startups, which have secured considerable venture capital, seed funding and private investment. This focused business experience enables him to offer real world insight to help guide and shape strategy.

Clients he has worked with closely, include: The Royal Mail;; The British Council; NESTA; and Absolut Vodka. In addition to large, international blue chip companies, Christopher also works closely with small businesses and individuals to help them define sustainable business models.