We are really excited to have two great speakers that have taken their work from the studio into the public realm to provoke some very intriguing responses. We believe speculative design is taking an imaginative leap to provoke conversations about what really matters to us. That can only work if we put it out into the public realm to provoke discussion with a diverse range of people, beyond design. These guys have both done just that.
Koby Barhad was made famous by his Elvis Mouse artefact he created in 2012 that was covered by the Daily Mail and other mainstream media with an interesting response.
He is a speculative designer, tutor and researcher whose work explores the possible relationships between people, culture, science and technology. Koby is a co founder of 'Radical Norms', Design research Studio in Toronto, Canada. His work spans across cultural, educational and financial bodies, from the Royal Bank of Canada to the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK.
Fred Wordie is the CEO of Ventually, a speculative venture capital organisation committed to funding ideas that will change the world. On the side, he also works as process designer for Kids Creative Agency in Berlin and designs fiction that explores society's relationship with technology.