A distinguished writer, researcher, and teacher on matters of design, Maurice Barnwell received his education in Birmingham and Toronto. He has worked and taught at York University, Toronto; Ontario College of Art and Design University; Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Ryerson University; and the Institute without Boundaries. In February 1991 he founded Idforum, the first computer newsgroup dedicated to the world of industrial design. Maurice is a well-traveled speaker and has presented at various noted venues. He currently lives in Toronto.