From Now On are creative and cultural consultants We develop practical ways for people to engage with ideas
We encourage people to think about their changing world and how they can help shape it. We do this with professionals and organisations, students and educators, and anyone connected with the creative and cultural sectors, including their customers, visitors, and users. Our work leads to strategies and plans for exhibitions and publications, public and educational programmes, permanent and temporary ways to touch and inspire people.
What we do
Research and strategy
Sometimes our research sparks a new project; sometimes our projects suggest new directions for research. But research is always the first step when clients ask for help with their strategic direction. They come to us because we have a flair for teasing out the fundamentals – and finding a purpose and direction rooted in their particular context and the needs of their audiences.
Get in touch if your project or organisation could do with some fresh thinking based on meaningful research.
Curating and creative programmes
If we're known for one thing, it's our ability to help people understand big ideas. We’ve done it within leading cultural institutes and commercial brands, at trade shows and palaces. Whether the audience is the general public or a board of trustees it's the same skill - to get people to view their world afresh, change their behaviours and, often, plot a new course.
If you'd like to talk about a programme or exhibition that's powerful enough to set change in motion, give us a call.
When you're planning a different future, you need clarity: where are you now and where would you like to be? And once you've chosen your direction, you'll want to take everyone with you. We revel in that sort of challenge – shaping and prototyping the ideas that support your vision and helping you make them a reality. With us at your side, your team will be as enthusiastic for change as you are.
Change can be inspirational. Let's talk about a future that everyone will embrace.
From Now On works from London and Copenhagen
Our small team is supported by expert partners and collaborators.
Daniel leads on Creative Direction. He is an internationally recognised curator, consultant and educator with an enquiring mind and an entrepreneurial streak. His wayward curiosity and relentless pursuit of ideas account for his unlikely level of output, including founding curator of the Aram Gallery, creative director of the international multi-site Maker Library Network and his professorial role at Kingston University.
Dee leads on Strategy. She is an experienced and skilled creative strategist and consultant, with a reputation for making sense of and finding direction within the most complex of challenges. Her unusual combination of a rational sensibility with complete commitment to creative excellence have equipped her well in past work with Tate, Science Museum and the National Trust.
Carol joined in 2016 to support studio administration and management. With a background in media, and more recently heritage, when we heard she was moving from senior office based roles to supporting businesses 'virtually' we jumped at the opportunity. Carol can be reached on [email protected]
Inés collaborates with us on experimental communication projects. An experienced communication designer she is now also in the midst of a practice led Phd student in social design at the University of Lisbon. But somehow thankfully finds the time to pitch in on special projects with us at From Now On.
Koby collaborates on all of our visual work, from illustrations and infographics to exhibition graphics. His work as a speculative designer, tutor and researcher means he is hugely overqualified for this work, and we benefit from his critical thinking and communications nous.
A regular and valued collaborator, Nat has brought her hands on experience as Director of Machines Room maker space and expertise in Circular Economy to benefit our work with Central Research Labs and Maker Library Network.
Moira is an independent curator and seasoned project manager with a discerning eye and the steadiest hand possible. She coordinated our work across clients such as Cathedral Group, managing both relationships and content development.
Justine held a key position working with us for over three years in the multi role of project coordinator for the Maker Library Network, assistant curator and research assistant to Daniel Charny. She continues her strong connection with From Now On from a distance, now working with the Crafts Council. Using her rich knowledge of design and contemporary culture she brought integrity and curiosity to our exhibitions and creative programmes.
Devorah has brought her narrative development and writing skills to a range of our projects. Her clear-headed analysis and appetite for detail made her a formidable addition to our teams on the Design Museum interpretation strategy and Institute of Imagination narrative development.
The Maker Library Network meets in Edinburgh for a Think Ahead Tank
'Social innovation in the curriculum' paper presented at ICED17
DAMn magazine article: Getting a Fix - The rise of the makerspaces
We got news (letter), London Design Festival and other excitements
Go forth and multiply: our open source exhibition opens in two (yes two!) locations
Innovation through craft: report launches
New research! Cultural roles of makerspaces (and roles of making in cultural spaces)
Playing with formats: we're getting experimental in a library
It's happening! From Now On opens a project office in Copenhagen
From Now On facilitate global get together for Maker Library Network
Design Museum announce opening plans
One, Two, Many or One Too Many? From prototyping to production in Kyoto
Tavistock Institute appointed to evaluate Fixperts
Maker spaces will save us? Daniel in conversation with David Li
V&A Design Culture Salon
Future Makespaces research trip to China
Central Research Laboratory launch
East London Printmakers launch Maker Library
Fab City Amsterdam
FNO round table: the cultural roles of makerspaces
Into the Arts - Widening Participation in Arts Education Conference
Hype & Seek: Making and the mainstream; talk as part of London Design Biennale
Super Talks! The Open Debate - as part of London Design Fair
Abierto Mexicano design festival - Beyond the Hype the impact of the maker movement on designers, users and manufacturing.
Make:Shift 2016 - Making Meanings: The Cultural Role(s) of Makerspaces
Make City programme 2016 RCA talk at Imperial College London - Beyond the hype: the impact of the maker movement
HDK Gothenburg University - Open Lecture Series: Showing Making
Cultural/Creative Leadership Lab Day for the National Trust
Collaborate or Die, Charny guest critic with Adrian Shaunessy at RCA Visual Comms
Design Museum The Future Award Judging - AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards
V&A Research Institute - advisory panel meetings
Facilitator for Western Balkans Museums workshops
Talk at M-ITI Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal
Keynote speaker at local heritage conference, Poland
Chair and panel input at the The National Festival of Making
Facilitator for Creative Economy innovation workshops in Chile
Keynote at Perspectives of Integrated Design
Speaker at Maker Faire Barcelona
Speaking at Making Matters on access to a hands-on approach to learning
Talk at Jerwood Makers Open
DesignIs talk at Generator, a new space for design, in Sofia
Making Spaces: developing an equity approach to makerspaces for under-served youth
@fabcityglobal in Copenhagen
Creative Social Enterprise Programme for a Nesta / British Council collaboration in Hong Kong
Models for Social Design - Community Economics part of 'Other Stories, alternative perspectives on design'
Where Design Meets Education at #djKX Talks Programme
Future of Education at the V&A Digital Design Weekend
The Postgraduate Symposium on Interdisciplinarity in contemporary design
MA Expanded Practice Goldsmiths Design - Musée des Refusés project
Making and Fixing. Prototyping course. Art/Design History and Theory. The New School, NYC.
Makerspaces in cultural settings, a special topic Think Tank at CCCD, Asheville, NC
Creative Enterprise for fashion entrepreneurs at the start of their business career. Ukraine Fashion Week
Forget design - talk at KADK Copenhagen Friday 15th December 13:00 building 90, room 90.2.20
Disappearing design talk at at Beyond Discipline event, Sheffield Institute of Art
Prototyping Ideas: Nurture and design, at Domus Academy
How disruptive is the Maker movement? MAKE-IT CAPS Final event, Brussels
Selected Clients & Partners
‘The Power of Making’, drew 320,000 visitors – an astonishing number. The Power of Making sent us a very clear signal and set us a very clear task.
Director, Victoria & Albert Museum
We’re reigniting an amazing heritage brand. That’s an awesome starting point from which to build a new, innovative community of designers and engineers.
Programme Director CRL, U+I Property Developers
What do you get if you cross a community centre, a laboratory, a gallery, science centre and a museum? The exciting hybrid model of the Institute of Imagination is certainly one of a kind.
CEO, Institute of Imagination, London
From Now On have been instrumental in helping the museum define its vision for the future as it embarked on its project to relocate to High Street Kensington. I would highly recommend them for any institution embarking in an in-depth review of their vision, objectives and future plans.
Deputy Director, Design Museum