2021 residents

Sara Asfiya Ali (India)  A full-time learner and volunteer, exploring a career in using effective design and communications for social good. I love faciliating community experiences that bringing people together to learn, play and just be. Currently volunteering with the Global Shapers Community in India. Linkedin.

Emma Bearman (UK) Emma Bearman is passionate about connecting people and helping develop communities. Director of Playful Anywhere CIC, she’s instigated playful places, stratagies and process with Shipping Containers, Pop Up Shops, Festivals and Digital Spaces. Twitter.

Karl Byrne (Ireland) With a diverse background covering areas from social entrepreneurship to business development to event design, Karl is now bringing his focus to the intersection of design & climate/sustainability. Having just completed a PGDip in Design Thinking for Sustainability, he is taking his passion for UX & storytelling into this new realm. Linkedin.

Julie Freeman (UK) Dr. Julie Freeman works with real-time data and living systems to create artwork that emcompasses animation, soundscapes, sculpture and installation. Her current project, Invisible Cape, directly addresses the need to reimagine and redesign online culture to work towards a zero carbon web. She’s a TED Senior Fellow and co-founder of Fine Acts a platform for art and activism. Twitter.

Francisco Vai jong Hunken (Mexico) Vai jong is an industrial designer and brand consultant. He strives for an anthropological approach, taking into account cultural differences in communication, habits and traditions. He currently manages a contemporary art gallery, teaches undergraduate courses in design, and has just started a design studio where he works with clients developing products and architectural projects. Linkedin.

Michelle Kasprzak (Netherlands) Dr. Michelle Kasprzak is an established contributor to the field of digital culture as an educator, curator, writer, and artist. Her next project, The Architecture of the Temporary, kicks off at the Scottish Architecture Fringe in June 2021. Linkedin.

Rebecca Huxley (UK) Rebecca Huxley is an artist and researcher based in London. Her work investigates social, ecological and political conditions in relation to human and more-than-human experience of light and dark. Instagram.

John Nussey (UK) John Nussey is a designer, technologist and entrepreneur with a broad range of experience. Since 2006 he has worked across both digital and physical products, and often products that are a combination of the two, including Smart Home, Internet of Things or Wearable devices. As an early adopter of the Arduino prototyping platform, John Nussey has taught people of all ages about electronics and programming since 2006 and in 2013 wrote the best-selling technical book, Arduino For Dummies. Instagram.

Dana Olărescu (UK) Dana is a socially engaged artist working at the intersection of performance, installation, and social design, with a focus on challenging minority exclusion and environmental injustice. Through participatory methodologies that democratise access to art and knowledge, she aim to give agency to underserved migrant groups so they can become active co-producers of culture. Instagram.

Joe Pipal (UK) Joe is a designer and furniture maker. He has studied Fine Art, Cabinet Making and Product Design and his interests are a mix of all three. Joe runs his business from his workshop in East London and likes to explore outcomes through an examination of materials, processes and provenance. Instagram.

Priya Prakash (UK) Priya Prakash is a designer-tech inventor building nature based systems in partnership with global organisations seeking to accelerate shifts in their business model in the context of climate change. She is also the Jury President for Impact in the 2021 D&AD Awards and OnDeck Climate Tech fellow. In this work Prakash is interested in exploring the future of plant-based and ‘Carbon free Cloud’ computing. Linkedin.

Shirley Renwick (UK) Shirley Renwick is a sculptor and digital artist working with air. Her interactive works have been shown at the Royal Academy London, Tate Exchange and Tate Lates. Instagram.

Ruth Shave (UK) After encountering service design while studying for an MA in Sustainable Development, Ruth joined a tech-for-good startup and has been designing and delivering digital tools that have social and environmental aims at their heart. Linkedin.

Lucy Stewart (UK) With a background that spans bio-science, technology and community activism, Lucy’s work as a design researcher aims to deliver services and systems that work for people and for the needs of the planet. Twitter.

Élvia Vasconcelos (Netherlands / Portugal) Élvia Vasconcelos is a design researcher, wannabe activist, compulsive drawer and dressmaker. Currently she is investigating the politics of participation and accessibility as a part of her PhD at the Technical University of Eindhoven. In this work, Élvia explores the notion of participation as being together. Instagram.