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Design & Crime: Talks and Workshop

16 May 2014 | 11am – 5pm

Kensington, Courtyard Galleries

DESIGNING DEVIANCE Inc, a project by Design Interactions student Daniel Tauber, is hosting a one-day workshop to explore speculative design as a tool to imagine future crimes and using deviant behaviour as agent of investigation and innovation.  Participants will collaboratively create scenarios that imagine and discuss the role design could play in investigating and instigating crimes.


11am – 1pm: Talks and Discussion
2–5pm: Workshop / Scenario development

Talks are open to everyone - all welcome to join.

The afternoon workshop-session is limited to 15 participants, on a first come first served basis. Apply by email to:


Prof. Paul Ekblon
Paul Ekblom read psychology at UCL, and spent much of his career in the UK Home Office working nationally and internationally on crime prevention research, evaluation and knowledge management, crime futures, arms
races and design. In 2005 he moved to Central Saint Martins to join the Design Against Crime Research Centre where he continues to explore these areas. Paul has developed an array of conceptual frameworks to help designers 'think thief' in anticipating crime risks to their products, and crime prevention practitioners to 'draw on design' processes in their work.

Ilona Gaynor
Ilona Gaynor is a designer and film maker. She is also Director and Founder of London based studio, The Department of No. Her work continuously draws upon use of image, rhetoric and cinematic tropes, to construct complexly precise plots, schemes and narrative texts. Using design as a vehicle, the work aims to manipulate, fantasise and drive forward the invisible, draconian reaches of political, economical and technological progress and their topologies. The various outcomes presented, often take form as dense hypothetical plot constructions. Narrative schematics, that manoeuvre between artefact, artifice and representation.

Thomas Thwaites
Thomas Thwaites is a designer (of a more speculative sort), interested in technology, science and futures research, as well as communicating complex subjects in engaging ways. He graduated from the RCA's Design Interactions MA in 2009, and has since undertaken a number of commissioned projects, including work on social trends, futures forecasting, biotechnology, the history and philosophy of science and bicycles.

Owen Wells
Owen's projects place objects as central figures within speculative narratives, viewing design as a means to explore, experiment, and define larger systems. To him design becomes a medium to facilitate, document or critique systems that are often rendered intangible by their invisibility, scale or complexity. His project 'Who Owns The Arctic' was awarded first place in the 2013 Think Space Territories competition. He is a recent graduate from the RCA's Design Interactions programme.


Anthony Zboralski (ex 'professional bank robber' / security expert)
Ke Yan Wei (scientist / synthetic biology)
Koby Barhard (designer)