“Deeply gathering information from various people and places. You are a wealth of knowledge across totally different (seemingly mutually exclusive) arenas. You freely share and give what you have gathered with openness,vulnerability and groundedness. It was a series of moments over two weeks that we leapt at to discuss ideas and for you to give me a meditation session. You very calmly and generously shared stories and philosophies from your worlds. You didn’t speak with the kind of enthusiasm that can feel preachy or arrogant. It was responsive, grounded and open. You also shared in a vulnerable way that opened us both up to questions and our shared humanity. It was a really profound meeting for me!”
—Caitlyn Cook, Experience Designer
"Oliver has always had a wonderful and wacky mind. While we were working together on an interactive exhibition piece, Oliver constantly threw new ideas into the mix and was able to make connections with seemingly unrelated outcomes. He has such a wealth of knowledge that is ever expanding and I’m constantly surprised by the connections that he makes."
—Samantha Hurwitz, Product Designer & Creative Thinker
"One of the ways you add value and make an important contribution is your sharp wit and your analytical mind which allows you to have very deep conversations about complex ideas but remain light-hearted and jovial. You have a special ability to inject humour into any conversation and are unafraid to be politically incorrect, which is a quality I admire"
—Oliver Morton-Evans, Co-Founder Neuromersiv
"One of the ways you add value and make an important contribution is by virtue of the example you set as a person who continually experiments and iterates. For example, I remember the time when you were first exploring the idea to customise Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant as a way to manifest the Arup "total architecture” principles and narrative. We were in a group discussion and you were tinkering. There was a sense of perpetual motion about your work … and the movement felt like momentum, and that gave the group confidence. Your bias for action helped the others through a period of impasse, and for that reason I feel that your contribution was key."
— Remo Giuffré, UTS Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation
"One of the ways you add value and make an important contribution is being a very deep philosophical thinker. For example, I remember the time when you: facilitated a workshop and shared some of your knowledge. It was fascinating to hear how your complex brain works and how open-minded you are to different cultures, ways of thinking and philosophy. Just listening to you talk made me want to become more open-minded. I think pulling ways of thinking from different areas of life, history and culture can make us more well rounded individuals. This is evident in you as a person and how you collaborate in a group."
— Yana Tarasenko, Product Designer and Problem Solver
"I remember working on a project with you specifically in an ideation workshop and the ideas you contributed shaped the end product massively. Not to mention that you really considered the users emotions and tried to make the product fun and exciting for them so they would want to come back and use it. I remember when I first met you and you gave a briefing about the project we were going to be working on together you were able to visually communicate your ideas by sketching them out. As a visual learner, this made it extremely helpful for me to understand exactly what you were describing and see an end goal. I remember working on a project with you and I was stressed because I had a heavy workload however you gave 100% effort and were always there to support, guide and answer any questions I had. You were very responsive and this made my job a lot easier."
— Elissa Santamaria, UX & Digital Designer
"One of the ways you add value and make an important contribution is by thinking outside the box and facilitating group bonding. For example, I remember for our subject, Interaction Design, when we were working on our Radical Redesign, you suggested that we get inspiration on the problem space we were going to tackle by going on a stroll through Darling Harbour and Barangaroo. As all three group members had never worked together before, this stroll allowed us to get to know each other outside of the classroom setting and sparked creativity. You showed a willingness to be open to new people and experiences and your witty and insightful remarks on our surrounds were a great contribution to our group dynamic."
— Bella Shields, Design Strategy | Experience Design | Service Design