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Tom Gayler

MA work

Vibrational Dialogues

This project explores meaning-making through vibration, through a series of experiments investigating haptic interactions with digital devices. Setting out to discover a design language for vibration, it starts with the communication of simple expressions that can become embedded with meaning over time. Each step in my experiment builds on user testing to uncover behaviours, interactions and meanings. Presented here is the latest experiment – two devices able to communicate simple vibrational messages.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2016

  • I am a designer interested in experience across all media. I am critical and curious about technology; making work that explores entwined digital and physical materials. My practice puts design in other people’s hands, creating experiences and interactions, and then refining through workshops, participatory design and user testing. My design is aimed at creating rich interactions that enchant as much as they empower. I work in the studio and beyond, delivering rich experiences through digital products, playful workshops and critical objects.

  • Degrees

  • Design and Innovation, BEng, Queen Mary and Goldsmiths' College, University of London, 2015
  • Experience

  • Design scholar, Dovetailed, Cambridge, 2015 –; Artists workshops, Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2015 –; Workshop lead, University of Sheffield, 2016; Studio practice workshops, ReachOutRCA, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Collaborator, 'Latitude 36' (Project of Valletta European City of Culture 2018), London/Malta, 2016; Haptic design consultant, SkyARTS Project, London, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • Sónar+D, Barcelona, Spain, 2015; Soundobject, Ugly Duck, London, UK, 2015; RA Lates, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 2015; The Cat is Alive, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK, 2015