The Liminal Space

Who We Are

 

Who We Are

We are a creative consultancy who take a fundamentally different approach to delivering on client challenges. 

Our team has depth of experience in the worlds of art, design and academia, and breadth of expertise spanning architecture, film-making, graphic and exhibition design, fashion, food and futures. 

We call on a truly diverse network of experts – from gardeners and chefs to behavioural economists and climate change scientists.  After all, sometimes the most interesting breakthroughs happen when you leave space to explore the unexpected.

 
  SARAH DOUGLAS DIRECTOR    Sarah designs inspiring ways to engage people with important topics.  With experience across art, innovation and education, she has combined a career as a professional artist with ones in art and design consultancy, academia and the strategic direction of creative projects. In 2012, Sarah co-founded The Liminal Space with Sam Livingstone to bring together cross-disciplinary creativity, innovation and education to create social and strategic change. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art, is a consultant in the RCA’s Innovation Department and lectures in Fine Art at several UK universities. 

SARAH DOUGLAS
DIRECTOR

Sarah designs inspiring ways to engage people with important topics. With experience across art, innovation and education, she has combined a career as a professional artist with ones in art and design consultancy, academia and the strategic direction of creative projects. In 2012, Sarah co-founded The Liminal Space with Sam Livingstone to bring together cross-disciplinary creativity, innovation and education to create social and strategic change. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art, is a consultant in the RCA’s Innovation Department and lectures in Fine Art at several UK universities. 

  SAM LIVINGSTONE DIRECTOR    Sam decodes complex issues to create a clear strategic pathway.  He has a design and design management background and vast experience working at a senior level with blue chip clients on a spectrum of creative strategy work – from ‘vision orientated’ far reaching programmes to more focused near-term and pragmatic projects. Sam’s strengths lie in connecting insights on the emotive customer/user experience back into creative commercial propositions. He is a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art and a juror on several Design Awards. 

SAM LIVINGSTONE
DIRECTOR

Sam decodes complex issues to create a clear strategic pathway. He has a design and design management background and vast experience working at a senior level with blue chip clients on a spectrum of creative strategy work – from ‘vision orientated’ far reaching programmes to more focused near-term and pragmatic projects. Sam’s strengths lie in connecting insights on the emotive customer/user experience back into creative commercial propositions. He is a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art and a juror on several Design Awards. 

  AMANDA GORE   DIRECTOR    Amanda helps clients think in new creative ways.  An innovation specialist whose work bridges the worlds of creative development, audience engagement and social change, Amanda has more than 12 years’ experience in designing and delivering tools, formats, products and programmes for both public and private sector clients – from Apple to the V&A. Trained as a designer and with a background in consumer insight, Amanda is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of The Courvoisier Future 500 and a mentor at Year Here.  

AMANDA GORE
DIRECTOR

Amanda helps clients think in new creative ways. An innovation specialist whose work bridges the worlds of creative development, audience engagement and social change, Amanda has more than 12 years’ experience in designing and delivering tools, formats, products and programmes for both public and private sector clients – from Apple to the V&A. Trained as a designer and with a background in consumer insight, Amanda is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of The Courvoisier Future 500 and a mentor at Year Here.  

 
  DAVID MACDIARMID 3D DESIGN & FABRICATION    David creates exceptional objects and environments.  Having trained and practiced as an architect for several years, his work now encompasses sculpture, 3D and spatial design. David works on cross-disciplinary projects from concept development through to installation, as both a designer and fabricator. His work has included furniture and exhibition design, retail design and public commissions. 

DAVID MACDIARMID
3D DESIGN & FABRICATION

David creates exceptional objects and environments. Having trained and practiced as an architect for several years, his work now encompasses sculpture, 3D and spatial design. David works on cross-disciplinary projects from concept development through to installation, as both a designer and fabricator. His work has included furniture and exhibition design, retail design and public commissions. 

  MELANIE HOWARD ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR    Melanie is passionate about creating a better future for all members of society.  Her favourite time frame is the long term; she believes that only by imagining the future and looking back from there can we gain perspective on the current complexities and issues the world faces. After a quarter of a century challenging organisations of all kinds to extend their vision through the business she co-founded – The Future Foundation – and a decade as a visiting business Fellow with InnovationRCA, she is pursuing fresh ways in which to contribute her love of problem solving and finding new routes to making a difference.

MELANIE HOWARD
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Melanie is passionate about creating a better future for all members of society. Her favourite time frame is the long term; she believes that only by imagining the future and looking back from there can we gain perspective on the current complexities and issues the world faces. After a quarter of a century challenging organisations of all kinds to extend their vision through the business she co-founded – The Future Foundation – and a decade as a visiting business Fellow with InnovationRCA, she is pursuing fresh ways in which to contribute her love of problem solving and finding new routes to making a difference.

  LAURA GORDON DESIGN & VISUAL COMMUNICATION    Laura uses design to make people engage, think and respond.  A graphic designer with a focus on branding, exhibition and editorial design, Laura is interested in using the tools of visual communication to challenge dominant social and political narratives. A visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, she is also co-founder of Crowd Talks, a design discussion group facilitating conversation between students, graduates and industry.

LAURA GORDON
DESIGN & VISUAL COMMUNICATION


Laura uses design to make people engage, think and respond. A graphic designer with a focus on branding, exhibition and editorial design, Laura is interested in using the tools of visual communication to challenge dominant social and political narratives. A visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, she is also co-founder of Crowd Talks, a design discussion group facilitating conversation between students, graduates and industry.

 
  HECTOR DYER   CREATIVE PRODUCER    Hector ensures complex projects are delivered seamlessly and exquisitely.  With a background in performance and participatory work, he is interested in how live experiences and live art can communicate previously hidden narratives and translate research into unforgettable personable encounters. Hector combines this creative stance with the nitty-gritty of project production and management to deliver a successful outcome.   

HECTOR DYER
CREATIVE PRODUCER

Hector ensures complex projects are delivered seamlessly and exquisitely. With a background in performance and participatory work, he is interested in how live experiences and live art can communicate previously hidden narratives and translate research into unforgettable personable encounters. Hector combines this creative stance with the nitty-gritty of project production and management to deliver a successful outcome.   

   JO BARRATT    AUDIO PRODUCER    Jo creates audio experiences that invite people to reflect and consider.  His work as an audio producer ranges from producing podcasts and making radio features to multi-sensory exhibition design. He is driven by an interest in finding ways to help people pay more attention, understand and connect to the world around them.

JO BARRATT
AUDIO PRODUCER

Jo creates audio experiences that invite people to reflect and consider. His work as an audio producer ranges from producing podcasts and making radio features to multi-sensory exhibition design. He is driven by an interest in finding ways to help people pay more attention, understand and connect to the world around them.

  TIM DUNCAN PR    Tim makes sure that our clients and our work are being spoken about by the right people in the right places.  A communications professional with more than 12 years' experience working both in-house and for market-leading PR agencies, Tim has worked across a wide variety of B2B and B2C clients. Managing Director of TDC PR, he works with us to devise, develop and deliver comprehensive strategies for integrated external communications that significantly raise profile and increase impact.  

TIM DUNCAN
PR

Tim makes sure that our clients and our work are being spoken about by the right people in the right places. A communications professional with more than 12 years' experience working both in-house and for market-leading PR agencies, Tim has worked across a wide variety of B2B and B2C clients. Managing Director of TDC PR, he works with us to devise, develop and deliver comprehensive strategies for integrated external communications that significantly raise profile and increase impact.