CI Studio #4: Speculation and Fictions

  • 20 Jan 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Room E11, Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus, 10 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DT

Alongside the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and CodeBase, Creative Edinburgh are partners on Creative Informatics. Through five key funding programmes and regular events, Creative Informatics enable creative individuals and organisations to explore how data-driven technologies can enhance their work. 

Our first CI Studio of 2020 is a chance to try out some Speculative Design using narrative media, storytelling and imagery.


Do you want to design a fantastic fictional future?

Join us for our first CI Studio of the year, where we'll be challenging you to try some Speculative Design!

Speculative Design is a way of using creative design practice to imagine what the future might look like, blending exploration and creativity to examine and communicate extreme or fantastical ideas in an engaging form.

This session will be led by Michael Smyth, Ingi Helgason and Shenando Stals of Edinburgh Napier University's Interaction Design group. It will start with an overview of the Speculative Design approach, after which it's over to you to try it out for yourself.

You'll be given a brief, an introduction to a range of digital tools that can be used for this exercise, and lots of support and inspiration along the way, in what we hope will be a fun and interactive session. No particular artistic or technical skill is necessary to participate, this is all about experimentation and trying out digital tools to express your ideas.

CI Studios

CI Studios are regular, informal events open to anyone working in the creative industries interested in learning more about data-driven technologies. Studios will take place at E11, our dedicated workshop space at Edinburgh Napier University, and in venues across Edinburgh/South East Scotland throughout the year, providing opportunities for creative practitioners to try working and experimenting with data in a friendly, practical environment.

About Creative Informatics

Creative Informatics is a partnership across the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Codebase and Creative Edinburgh, enabling individuals and organisations to explore how data-driven technologies can enhance their work.

Funded by the Creative Industries Clusters Programme managed by the Arts & Humanities Research Council as part of the Industrial Strategy, with additional support from the Scottish Funding Council. The programme is part of the City Region Deal Data Driven Innovation initiative.

To find our more about the Creative Informatics programme visit


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