Creative director & facilitator
Hello! I make games and playful digital experiences with arts and cultural organisations.
The third-person bit
Ben Templeton is an award-winning creative director and facilitator in the field of games and playful technology. He has been the driving figure on innovative, international projects for organisations including LEGO, Tate, Science Museum, V&A, the BBC and the Natural History Museum of Utah.
In a career spanning more than a decade, Ben helped found the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, launched playful design studio Thought Den, led a large multi-disciplinary team at BAFTA-winning game studio Preloaded and created Artful Spark, an event series for creative pioneers. He has written for the Guardian and spoken at conferences around the world on the power of play to build deep connections with diverse audiences.
In 2012 Ben created Magic Tate Ball, the Tate’s most successful mobile app. Working with Open University, he directed their most successful social video series, Design In A Nutshell. For the British Museum, Ben masterminded a relaunch of their paid-for digital family guide and following a high-stakes re-engineering of the V&A’s visitor entrance, Ben created a family game celebrating this fabulous building.
Alongside these professional roles he has spoken at conferences in Dublin, Barcelona and London, written for the Guardian and facilitated workshops for the British government’s innovation foundation, NESTA.
Having graduated in 2005 with a 1st class degree in Interactive Media Production, Ben was a BIMA UK student of the year nominee. Since then he was worked across video, web, mobile, installation, VR and AR, creating meaningful and memorable experiences for cultural audiences around the world.
Whatever the technology, Ben’s approach is driven by the fundamental power of play to build deep connections with diverse audiences.
In his spare time Ben practises card magic and capoeira.
bentempleton.co.uk | @thoughtben
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.