School
of
Critical Design


We are a London based design school born of an experimental studio model and dedicated to exploring practice, methods, and thinking around next design & business while looking into critical global issues affecting humanity today and for the next 1,000 years.

Come and explore the future with us.



A one or two day introduction and immersion into the core principles and applications of the emerging practice of speculative design

Day 1: Introduction

Day 2: Immersion


2 Days / 09.00 – 18.00

Location - Central London
Max number of places - 20

Introductory rate until 19th July
£800
Regular
£1000


In our world where technologies are increasingly a source of significant disruption in people’s lives, emerging methods from speculative and critical design practice are finding their way into the designer’s and researcher’s toolkit as powerful ways to create new kinds of meaning and perspective that create new value for organizations.

In this workshop, you’ll get up to speed on the latest speculative design practice, explore its value as a research tool in design & business settings and for the development of strategy & new product concepts, and participate in an exercise to experience the workings of these approaches.


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J. Paul Neeley

J. Paul Neeley
Designer & Researcher
Director, Neeley Worldwide
Tutor, Royal College of Art



Gemma Jones

Gemma Jones
Semiotician, Strategist, & Researcher
Co-founder, School of Critical Design




A one day workshop exploring contexts and practices looking to the future of Chinese technology, influence, and power.


1 Day / 9.00 – 18.00

Location - Central London
Max number of places - 20

Introductory rate until 19th Aug
£720 + 20% VAT
Regular
£900 + 20% VAT


In a world where the centres of power, progress and consumption are shifting, as designers and thinkers we need to understand these new contexts and learn from the specific conditions and practices developing there. China is a new kind of leader in innovation and environmental initiatives, it has a deep and thriving design culture yet the country remains somewhat unknowable and even fearsome for many outsiders.

In this session we'll explore some of the specific future problems and opportunities presented by the Chinese context and benefit from cross-cultural conversation and practice. We’ll hear from industry leading Chinese strategists and studios about emerging design disciplines and we'll use speculative briefs to play with possible global Chinese futures.


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A one day workshop exploring the basics and future implications of Quantum Computing in our world.


1 Day / 09.00 – 18.00

Location - Santa Monica
Max number of places - 20

Introductory rate until 19th Sept
£720 + 20% VAT
Regular
£900 + 20% VAT


Quantum computing is an emerging technology that may have dramatic implications for many kinds of computation in many different industries in the future.

In this workshop, you’ll get up to speed on the latest technical developments in quantum computing and participate in a speculative design exercise to explore the value and implications of this new technology in the future.


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Matthew Neeley

Matthew Neeley, PhD.
Quantum Physisist
Software, Google Quantum A.I.



J. Paul Neeley

J. Paul Neeley
Designer & Researcher
Director, Neeley Worldwide
Tutor, Royal College of Art




A 5 day retreat on the future of business & design practice, connecting practitioners from different disciplines and backgrounds with deep time for reflection and untethering in nature.


5 Days / 9.00 – 18.00

Location - Driggs, Idaho, USA
Max number of places - 15

Introductory rate until 19th Jan
£2450 + 20% VAT
Regular
£2750 + 20% VAT


A residential retreat in nature designed to enable practitioners to leave the structures and systems that continually shape the way we work and think and access a reinvigorated and mindful approach to our design practice. This is a space in which to feel closer to the Earth we must all work to protect and to connect deeply with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

The week will be structured around a series of intimate workshops utilising different emerging design practices and research methodologies. We’ll work as a group on design problems and prototype solutions, and allow space for deep reflection on and development of your own practice and thinking. As much as possible we’ll untether from the world, from screens. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of new design and research approaches and toolkits, your own practice, and set off with new partnerships and refreshed mind and body.


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Optimizing Happiness : Me     Evening Lecture / Aug 22nd 2019 - London, UK

Talk + Q&A + New friends / 18.30 – 20.30

Location - Central London
Max number of places - 45

This is a FREE event


Current business & design practices optimize for profit and fail to consider the larger cummulative impact of these activities over time, which inevitably lead to catastrophic collapse of systems, like the opioid & obesity epedemics, global political & financial instability, and climate & ecological breakdown.

Masamichi Souzou (正道想像), meaning "Correct Path, Imagined/Created" in Japanese, is an organization that seeks to know what the world would look like if we optimize everything, not for profit or growth, but for happiness. This talk will share the theory behind the approach and explore what designing optimized happiness looks like for each of us as individuals.


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Reimaging Time     Evening Lecture / Sept 17rd 2019 - London, UK

Talk + Q&A + New friends / 18.30 – 20.30

Location - Central London
Max number of places - 45

This is a FREE event


After centuries of an almost total stasis in time-telling there is an opportunity for new designs of time that reconnect us to the 'nature of time' found within our enduring relationship to the Sun. Our current frames of time have critical impacts on life, work & labor, business & markets, politics, and health & wellbeing, etc.

On the evening we'll get a chance to see "Circa Solar" from Ted Hunt, a project exploring this critical relationship with time, and the profound transformations in store for us as we re-imagine this frame. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Ted is a speculative and critical designer living and working in London and currently a resident of Somerset House Studios. Ted will share his research and explorations around time, the details of this project, and we will engage in an exercise together and conversation of what is next for time.

Learn a bit more about "Circa Solar" at http://www.ted-hunt.com/CIRCASOLAR.html (Funding on Kickstarter from 15 July - 15 Aug 2019)

(Note: We have added a £10 ticket price to our evening talk series going forward to help encourage attendance on the day and to cover bits associated with putting on the event, like food, printing, speaker travel, etc. Thank you for your support!)


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New Kind of Design     Evening Lecture / July 23rd 2019 - London, UK

Talk + Q&A + New friends / 18.30 – 20.30

Location - Central London
Max number of places - 45

This is a FREE event


Current business & design practices optimize for profit and fail to consider the larger cummulative impact of these activities over time, which inevitably lead to catastrophic collapse of systems, like the opioid & obesity epedemics, global political & financial instability, and climate & ecological breakdown.

New Kind of Design is a new approach to design practice that seeks to find new frames and approaches that address computational irreducibility in design and business.




Explore a few of the things on our minds.





Current design & business practices tend to optimize for profit and fail to consider the larger cumulative impact of these activities over time, which eventually and inevitably leads to catastrophic collapse of systems, like the obesity epidemic, global financial instability, and climate change. If we are to restore and create healthy systems we need to develop new approaches to design that will allow us to find new paths forward that will avoid these catastrophic outcomes.

Design and business education today generally does not allow for such explorations, but rather reinforces existing paradigms, training designers and other professionals to operate in the very systems that are quickly bringing about the end of THE system. Having studied and taught at world leading design schools we've become increasingly frustrated by the scaling of these institutions, factory like experience, lack of 1:1 student / master interaction and the movement away from a traditional studio model of education and home for radical thought and critique that many of these schools have been in the past. Quality of work and discourse has eroded, and institutions are becoming shadows of their former selves.

Corporate design practice can be even more restrictive, not allowing teams to explore directions outside of near term businesses objectives, and failing to allocate time for design teams to properly reflect on their method and process, or the global impact and meaning of their work.

The School of Critical Design is a home for conversations, practice, and exploration around next design practice. Our name is a play on Dunne & Raby's critical design, and the school focuses on discourse around "critical" issues that will impact humanity now and in the future, for example, climate crisis, energy, food, artificial intelligence, biodiversity, post-capitalism. We’re creating a space for practitioners to develop further understanding of how design might contribute to this future.

Our lectures and workshops are generally created for exceptional junior, and mid to senior level professionals looking to explore what is next in their practice, and seeking to have new kinds of impact in their organizations and the world. These run as open courses for the general public, and we also create bespoke learning & development programs for organizations.





Questions? Comments? Interested in custom programs? Send us an email.
critical@neeleyworldwide.com


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