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

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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


Memory and Learning

As a computing teacher / lecturer, I am constantly surrounded by learners / students. And because of this, I am constantly reviewing how I teach and asking myself "What is…
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It’s Been a While

So I checked, the last post I published was "What are Digital Skills" on 4th April 2019. It's now Saturday 31st August, which is a delay in about 4 months.…
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What are Digital Skills?

So this post has taken a bit of time to construct and publish, but on the morning of 11th March I opened twitter for a quick peak at what people…
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Benefits of the Microsoft Innovative Education Programme

In this post, I'm going to look at the potential benefits that being involved in the Microsoft Innovative Education programme can bring to you as a teacher with improved teaching…
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2019! Goals, Aims and Dreams

2019 The Year for Adventure, Goals and Fresh Challenges Well that happened pretty quickly didn't it? 2018 I mean! My last post was published on 13th November 2018, and I…
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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)…
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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…

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