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Spencer Livingstone

MA work

Generation Conveyor

Generation Conveyor is a representation of how our world accelerates around us during our lifetime. It is Based on a modern theory called social acceleration proposed by Professor Hartmut Rosa that speculates why the world feels like it is accelerating in speed. Social acceleration is, according to Rosa, driven by technology, social change and the pace of life.  We are all born into a different generation, there are currently 5 generations: Traditionalists (1900 - 1945), Baby Boomers (1946 - 1964), Generation X (1965 - 1981), Millenials (1982 - 2004) and Generation Z (2004 - Present). Each generation experiences a different speed in relation to their age. Will Social Acceleration speed up the world too much for the forthcoming generations?

My research has tried to answer this question, by comparing different generations and the speed at which they feel the world is moving. Generation Conveyor uses physical acceleration to represent the world speeding up. Each conveyor represents each part of a single persons life and at what speed the world moves around this person. Generation Conveyor can represent any one of the five generations alive today and how the world has accelerated around them. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2017

  • I am a Scottish designer who's practice focuses around a combination of my degrees in Product Design and Information Experience Design (IED). My initial practice allowed me to gain skills in building and manufacturing processes. With IED I have gained a massive knowledge in understanding how people interact and react with different situations in front of them. 

    My main interest is looking into problems and issues in which people encounter in there day to day lives and being able to solve these issues through my design and making skills. I also have an interest in Installation and Experience design, making people aware of scenarios or issues within the world we live in.  

  • Degrees

  • BSc Product Design. University of Dundee 2010
  • Experience

  • Product Designer, 5 Star Plus Design, Beijing, 2015