CI Labs #9: Speculative Design and Future Fictions

  • 23 Jan 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Whitespace, Norloch House, 36 King's Stables Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2E

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. 

CI Lab 9 will explore Speculative Design as a way of using creative design practice to imagine what the future might look like!


Rather than focusing only on an “ideal” type of future scenario, Speculative Design looks at the world in a different way. It presents designed physical objects or narrative media that encourage reflection on a range of alternative possibilities, both positive and negative, also taking into consideration wider social and technological implications. Speculative Designs can be utopian or dystopian, they can be probable, plausible, preferable or entirely implausible!

CI Lab #9 will introduce the thinking behind Speculative Design and present some entertaining and thought provoking exhibits and case studies form individuals working in this field.

Our speakers will include:

Tobias Revel, Programme Director at the London College of Communication, part of the University of the Arts London. Tobias is a co-founder of speculative design research consultancy Strange Telemetry, a founding member of Supra Systems Studio and one-half of research and curatorial project Haunted Machines. He lectures and exhibits internationally, and has recently appeared at Improving Reality, FutureEverything, IMPAKT Utrecht, Web Directions Sydney, Transmediale Berlin, ThingsCon and Lift Geneva.

Alicja Halbryt, a human-centred designer interested in researching future trends and designing future proof services and experiences. Alicja's work explores controversial and difficult global topics. Her past projects have considered the future of online data privacy, the Hyperloop, and designing services for pedestrians living around self-driving cars.

Larissa Pschetz, an interaction designer and a lecturer in Design at the University of Edinburgh. Larissa's research explores socio-technological narratives, interaction with autonomous systems, and technology inclusion.

CI Labs

CI Labs are informal, monthly events which pop up at venues across Edinburgh, sharing innovative data-driven creative work and providing a meeting place for creatives of all disciplines to connect and collaborate. They are part of the Creative Informatics programme. 

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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