Michael Johnston

Lecturer, Researcher, Author, Creator

Plain Sailing?

It seems like every good ‘overnight success story’ is years in the making. And mine is no different, years of toiling in the dark have brought my career to a point where everything I’ve worked on in coming to fruition and within my career, I feel like I’m just getting started…

Window Dressing?

Window dressing looks good – because it’s designed that way. The research and planning that goes into this process is normally unseen, but it’s always there.

I’ve learned the hard way that while style can get you in the door, it’s the substance that keeps your seat at the table.

Not Always Quick, but Effective

My recent love affair with cycling has taught me once again that there is no challenge that cannot be defeated. Whether it’s a 180km Gran Fondo endurance challenge, or taking on a new challenge in work, keeping those legs turning the pedals is the surest way to get through the problem.

“Design is not just what it looks and feels like, design is how it works.”

Steve  Jobs

Pixels Edited
Projects Completed

My Skill Set


Whether it’s a logo for your newly established company or a complete rebrand, I have experience of delighting both types of client with design that highlights the unique nature of your organisation and allows you to move forward with new confidence in a spectacular representation of your company.

Information Systems

Getting information systems right can be difficult. Which is probably why few people do it. My developmental system explores your requirements and makes it possible to re-imagine data that is accurate, valid, and dependable.


This works hand-in-glove- with my day job. A data-driven and empirical approach means that every decision I make is based on proof that is tangible. This can be applied to market research, customer satisfaction or employee happiness but the result is always the same – a data-driven and empirical basis on which to make an informed decision.


Projects can fail for a number of reasons. I follow the Agile methodology of project planning but am adept to switch to the type that suits your company best, because that is when people do their best – when they work to their strengths.


Responsive web design is standard. But what does it mean? it means you design your message to fit the device your audience is on, desktop, mobile, tablet, or game screen, the result should be the same: a flawless designed message of your organisation to reach your audience where they are.


A a current recipient of the Udacity-Google scholarship in App Design, I work to the current standards set by an industry leader. Your app may be for a niche market or something for the masses, no matter the intended result, my design is industry approved, affirmed by a data-driven approach and managed by error-free project management skills.

Recent Posts

ComputingEducationPedagogyTechnology Enhanced Learning
November 13, 2018

Use Flipboard?

Do you use Flipboard? Have you heard of Flipboard? Then let's start at the beginning - Flipboard is a native and web-based  app (working on your phone, tablet and desktop)…
EducationPedagogyTechnology Enhanced Learning
September 20, 2018

Implications Of Learning Theories On Instructional Design

In a previous post, entitled "Instructional Design – Learning Models" I looked at the different models that we can use in our curriculum planning, and what aspects of each learning…
EducationProfessional Development
September 20, 2018

Summer Break

Why, hello there! How has your summer been? Probably like mine - great while it lasted, but those six weeks seemed to disappear oh, so, quickly! I've truthfully had a…
EducationPedagogyProfessional Development
May 21, 2018

Instructional Design – Mistakes to Avoid

There are common pitfalls that we can avoid when designing our curriculum. These pitfalls range from doing the same thing all the time (in a curriculum planning context) to putting…
April 30, 2018

Instructional Design – Learning Models

In the first post of the series, we looked at what Instructional Design is and specifically, what the ADDIE model was, and what was involved in each stage. If you…
EducationProfessional DevelopmentTechnology Enhanced Learning
April 18, 2018

Instructional Design – What are Storyboards

Blog posts grow organically. You write, hope that people read and engage enough with your content to comment or ask a question. It's a good marker for creating engaging content…
EducationProfessional DevelopmentTechnology Enhanced Learning
April 16, 2018

What is Instructional Design?

Well...If you'e not a teacher, or involved in Education, you probably won't care that much. But if you are...then read on! Quite simply, Instructional Design is a method of "the…
BusinessE-CommerceSearch Engine OptimisationWeb Design
March 28, 2018

7 Essential SEO Recommendations for New Business Websites

As a business or community/charitable organisation, acquiring new customers through Google ( or any other search engine, because there is more than one) is crucial to the success of any…

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