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Mark's Portrait 1 Oct. 2015 (318 x 318)This website is a bit out of date. I finished working as a Design academic at the University of Otago in June, 2018 (after 25 years) and I am in the process of creating a new website for my post-academic work. My interests and passions haven’t changed but my job title likely will. In the meantime I will keep this blog here even though the content is getting old. I will post a note here when my new site is live.

My name is Mark McGuire and I live in Dunedin, New Zealand. Thank you for taking the time to visit this site, which I launched on 30 November, 2009. This is my first concerted effort to create a place for my own views, ideas, and work. This blog is my personal space, where I try to think beyond the confines of my work and geographical location and contribute to discussions on much larger issues. This is an experiment in Open Education and Informal Learning, as well as an effort to connect conversational spaces that are usually separated through the use of different places, passwords, permissions, and practices. It is fueled by my interest in Open Learning, and by the widely-shared belief that digital networks, like healthy physical communities, can be used to further the public good.

I studied Architecture and Fine Art in Canada before setting up Mediatrix Inc., a design and consulting company based in Toronto. As well as working as a graphic designer, I guided several book and magazine publishers through the transition from conventional to digital design and production. I earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Pre-Professional Architecture) in Canada (Guelph), as well as a Masters in Information Science from Otago and a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Auckland. In 1993, I moved from Toronto to Dunedin, New Zealand, where I work as a Design educator.

My research interests include open education, online communities, digital media theory and practice, communication design, social media and digital networks. My recent publications focus on these issues. I teach primarily in communication design and new media theory and practice. I am interested in interdisciplinary and collaboration. I am a lifelong learner, and I am learning what it means to be an Open Scholar. This website is part of that effort. I invite your comments, emails <>, and Twitter messages (@mark_mcguire). I am also on Storify, Instagram and Flickr.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2009 12:22 pm

    Lovely bio Mark. The intentions for this blog are clear and laudable.

    My personal blog is linked from this comment but I also have

  2. November 7, 2011 6:56 am

    Hi Mark,

    A very rich profile and we have some common interests too. I would love to find out more about your work/research around the use of images and text.

    Speak again soon.

  3. January 24, 2012 9:12 pm

    Hi Mark,

    very interesting Blog, looking forward to read more of your research / work!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Christian Lima Dehne

    • Mark McGuire permalink
      January 25, 2012 12:01 am

      Hi, Christian. I enjoyed reading your useful and well-focussed blog at (I posted a comment in response to Juliana’s recent post about a pitch). I’m now following you on Twitter as well. All the best!

      • January 25, 2012 1:06 am

        Thanks a lot Mark, just saw your reply and your comment on our post now. Still getting used to wordpress and Twitter, but it’s great to meet people all over the world!

        Have a good day and talk soon.

  4. February 3, 2012 10:25 pm

    thank you for sharing your interesting ideas. Just a hint: The link to your recent publications is broken:

  5. October 22, 2012 6:18 am

    Hi Mark, given your teaching/research interests I think you would really like to meet Lisa Harris @lisaharris from the University of Southampton who is designing lifewide learning modules for students across disciplines as part of Southampton’s curriculum innovation strategy . Just thought I should share! 🙂

    • Mark McGuire permalink
      October 25, 2012 8:14 pm

      Hi Christina. Thanks very much for the link to Lisa’s work. I’ve been reading through it. I’d love to meet with her, but I am now in London and will be leaving for Toronto tomorrow. I met with some amazing people at Coventry, who are responsible for the #Phonar (photography + narrative) course ( I’ll follow up with Lisa online. I was very please to be able to meet you, Chrissi, Francis Bell and other’s at Salford. We must all continue to keep in touch and support one another. All the best with your PhD submission, and congratulations in advance on the rave reviews that will inevitably follow. Your are doing important work!

  6. Vicki Evans permalink
    February 12, 2018 11:34 am

    Hi Mark. If Design Studies is no longer taught at the University of Otago, what email address can we use to contact you? We were thinking of asking you to introduce one of the Dunedin Film Society’s Architecture in Film: Designing the Future screenings this year but we don’t know how to get in touch.

  7. Chang Yong Meng permalink
    March 31, 2018 10:19 pm

    Dear Mark, i am Chang Yong Meng from Malaysia, i was your student in Otago University 20 years ago. until today, i still remember you, because you were one of my teachers. i just want to say hello and wish you all the best for whatever you do.

    • April 2, 2018 12:51 am

      Yes, I remember you. Was it really 20 years ago?! It’s very nice of you to get in touch after all these years. I’d love to hear how you are doing. You can reach me by email at All the best!

  8. Chang Yong Meng permalink
    March 31, 2018 10:20 pm

    *one of my best teachers


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