“Nahau te rourou
Naku te rourou
Ka ora ai te manuhiri”
“With your basket of knowledge
and my basket of knowledge
the people will prosper”
– Māori proverb
Hi, I’m Tom,
I am a designer with a background in the arts and education. Presently I am working as a web producer in Pōneke, Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Prior to this, I taught design, art and digital technology at Takapuna Grammar School, where I also worked on the development of Te Wāhi Auaha (a school maker space and innovation space).
My experience in making learning more accessible and equitable across a range of students from different backgrounds and abilities built the foundation of my human-centered design practice. Anything I make or work on is guided by these set of values.
Previously I studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts, where I also briefly taught the first and second year studio programme.
Find me on are.na, Read.cv, Merveilles. Sometimes, I am on IRC as @tomupom on Libera Chat and Rizon networks. You can also find me on Urbit as
I have accounts on other popular social media sites, but rarely use them.
I would like to acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua and Treaty of Waitangi partners in Aotearoa New Zealand. I pay my respects to the mana whenua who are the original and continued rightful stewards of the land that I love and on which I work and reside.
UX Design Program, CareerFoundry GmbH Berlin, 2021-2022
Foundations of UX Design, Google + Coursera, 2021
Grad Dip Teaching (Secondary), The University of Auckland, 2019
BFA (Hons), The University of Auckland, 2014-2017