Our mission is to support you to educate audiences, provoke conversations and inspire change through creative storytelling and innovative design. 


Founded in 2000 and re-launched in its twentieth anniversary year, we are a team of architects, designers, content developers and marketers with extensive experience of working within the cultural industry. We are a small, family-run business able to work flexibly, sustainably and collaboratively with all teams. We work with you to understand the complexity of your needs and turn ideas into intriguing designs which educate, provoke and inspire audiences. 

Meet the team below and please get in touch with Katrina at katrina@metaphor-design.co.uk with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Matthew Hempstead

Content Developer

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Jonathan Joanes


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Lili Scott Lintott

Content Developer

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Kara Dickinson

Director of Architecture
and Design

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Katrina Dickinson

Director of Business Development and Marketing

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Shuyi Zhang

Senior Exhibition 

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Stephen Greenberg

Non-Executive Director

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Ian Dickinson

Non-Executive Director

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Our values:

  1. We listen and challenge
    We are committed to working closely with you to produce bespoke designs that challenge preconceived ideas and make a lasting impact on visitors

  2. We are storytellers
    We understand how powerful storytelling can be in engaging visitors therefore they are integral to all our designs

  3. We support and collaborate
    We go above and beyond to help you achieve your goals and work with specialist partners where we see fit to enhance your projects

  4. We design with the environment in mind
    We produce sustainable designs which minimise our impact on the environment and maintain design quality that stands the test of time

  5. We are inclusive and diverse
    We are committed to; treating all staff fairly, creating an inclusive culture in the workplace, ensuring equal opportunities for all and supporting staff to reach their full