& creative director
Hello! I make games and playful digital experiences with arts and cultural organisations.
2005 – And so it began…
With a BIMA nomination and 1st class Interactive Media Production degree in my pocket, I started working life as a freelancer offering a full design and build service.
Some of the UK’s best digital agencies brought me on board to create viral games for clients including Jack Daniel’s, JVC and the British Government.
2008 – Thought Den
Dan Course and I created Thought Den, becoming founding residents of the Pervasive Media Studio alongside fellow alumni Mobile Pie, Free Ice Cream and a bunch of other thoroughly brilliant people too numerous to mention here.
Over six years, we grew the team and refined our proposition as leaders in playful learning, creating games for the BBC, Tate, Southbank Centre and National Museums Scotland.
2014 – Preloaded
In search of a new challenge, I joined BAFTA-winning, world-leading ‘Games with Purpose’ studio Preloaded, spending three years as Associate Creative Director and Head of Art and Design.
Projects include site-specific social games, an innovative re-imagining of the US Common Core and helping an American museum tackle Climate Change during Trump’s administration.
Now operating as an independent consultant and freelance Creative Director, I facilitate workshops, help organisations create and improve digital projects, host a quarterly community event called Artful Spark and speak at conferences on innovation and playful technology.
The third-person bit
Ben Templeton is an independent consultant, facilitator and creative director passionate about the power of play to transform the way we learn. Since 2005 he has created learning games for businesses, brands and cultural organisations around the world | @thoughtben
Graduating from Bournemouth University in 2005 with a 1st class degree in Interactive Media Production, Ben’s final year project was nominated for a BIMA award. Ben has been the driving figure across web, mobile and installation projects for world-leading organisations such as the Tate, Science Museum, V&A and the BBC. He has written for the Guardian, talks at international conferences and runs creative workshops helping students bridge the gap between industry and education.
In 2008 Ben co-founded Thought Den, a small design studio that helped form the world-renowned Pervasive Media Studio. For six years, Ben lead a talented team in the creation of playful digital experiences including Magic Tate Ball, the Tate’s long-standing and ever-popular mobile app, and Open University’s most successful social campaign, Design In A Nutshell. Following a spell as Associate Creative Director at BAFTA-winning ‘games with purpose’ studio Preloaded, Ben is now an independent consultant offering creative services in the field of digital design for arts and culture.
In his spare time Ben practises card magic and capoeira.
bentempleton.co.uk | @thoughtben