School of Critical Design


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Critical Design


This is a collection of past events we've run looking at the future of design and business while exploring critical issues impacting humanity.

If these issues resonate with your work do check out our upcoming events ⟶



An introduction and immersion into the core principles and applications of the emerging practice of speculative design


Huge parts of our world and its people are already experiencing the devastating effects of forced migration. Systems and borders are under great strain, and global social, environmental, and cultural stability will continue to be radically impacted. The UN predicts that climate change could create hundreds of millions of climate refugees in the next 50 years. We need to consider how we can prepare for what is ahead, and what we might learn from existing grassroots initiatives, current research, and humanitarian organisations working in the space, about the realities of the refugee experience and the environments they're travelling through and living in.

In this workshop we'll be exploring how speculative design can be applied to realising better possible futures for migrants as well as the countries and cultures that will host them. We will hear from designers working in the current Venezuelan diaspora and consider the general signals these events send about the future. We will also learn from the experiences and initiatives of refugees in Europe and those working in camps and at borders to support their journey.We will use speculative design methods and real case studies as tools to help us envision the different futures we may face as a global community and how we might better understand and address these unfolding realities in the near and longer term.

Possible topics to be explored - cultural and language translation; stability of essential supplies; humanisation of temporary accommodation; new platforms of sharing and distribution; connectivity; environmental resources; borders and bureaucracy.



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




An introduction and immersion into the core principles and applications of the emerging practice of speculative design as part of London Design Festival.


1 Days / 09.00 – 18.00

Location - Central London
Max number of places - 25

Introductory rate until 19th July
£400
Regular
£500


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.


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


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.

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

Location - Central London
Max number of places - 45

This is a FREE event


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

(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!)


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.

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

Location - Central London
Max number of places - 45

This is a FREE event


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.



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.