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Veronica Ranner

MA work

MA work

When biological parts are rationally reconstructed, with properties à la carte, we begin to extend our definitions of human matter. Biophilia proposes a probable future of acceptable tissue technology. Genetically modified silkworms could weave biodegradable scaffolds for organs, tissues, biosensors and even consumer products — from ‘hardware’ to novel ‘wetware’. What new functions would this meticulously made synthetic tissue fulfil? Could this open our understanding to artificial futures? And what ethical and emotional problems will we face with such technology?



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Interactions, 2011

  • Veronica Ranner is a designer, artist, and researcher interested in emerging biotechnologies and bio-fabrication, systems design, and new roles for designers. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at the Royal College of Art, examining the burgeoning domain of the bio-digital — the space where computational thinking meets biological matter.

    A current project Polyphonic Futures looks at the potential of collective speculation to increase variety, multiplicity of voices, and constructive criticality between scientists and non-scientists. Veronica holds a degree in Industrial Design from Pforzheim University (MA), a Masters in Design Interactions (RCA), and has worked cross­-disciplinarily with a variety of science institutions and biomedical companies.

    She teaches and lectures internationally at the intersection of biotechnology and design and her work is frequently exhibited, e.g. the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Science Gallery in Dublin, the China Technology Museum in Beijing, the French Design Biennale in St. Etienne, and most recently, the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.

  • Degrees

  • MA Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, 2009–11; Diplom Industrial Design (equiv. MA), Pforzheim University (Germany), 2004–08
  • Experience

  • Conference experience chair (with Dr Dan Lockton), Design Research Society Conference 2016, (DRS) “Design + Research + Society — Future-focused thinking”, Brighton, UK, 2016, May 2015–June 2016; Visiting scientist, Silk Lab, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA, Sep 2014–now; Visiting lecturer, MDes Design Innovation programme, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK, Sep–Dec 2015; Visiting lecturer, MA Interaction Design, Department Design. Zurich University of the Arts (ZhDK), Zurich, Switzerland, Sep 2015; Visiting lecturer, MA Interaction Design, Department Design. Zurich University of the Arts (ZhDK), Zurich, Switzerland, Feb 2015; Design advisor, Cambridge University, Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge, UK, Jul–Oct 2011; Industrial and interaction designer (MµGUARD medical research project), Primedic GmbH, Germany, and University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2008–10; Internship, Frog Design GmbH, Herrenberg, Germany, 2006–7
  • Exhibitions

  • Hemma i Framtiden ("Domestic Futures"), Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, National Museum in Stockholm (Sweden), Sep– Nov 2015; Crafting Anatomies, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham (UK), 2015; Time & Motion — Redefining Working Life, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, (UK), 2013; (IN)VISIBLE DESIGN | TOWARDS A DESIGN FICTION, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Milan (Italy), 2013; L'empathie ou L'experience de L'autre (‘Empathy or the Experience of Others’), “Demain c'est aujourd'hui”, Design Biennale Internationale, Cité du Design, Saint Etienne (France), 2013.; NEXT NATURE — Nano Supermarket, Next Nature, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2012–2016; 3rd INTERNATIONAL ART AND SCIENCE EXHIBITION AND SYMPOSIUM ('Information, Ecology, and Wisdom'), China Science & Technology Museum, Beijing (China), 2012; Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences, Museum of Urban Engineering, Krakow (Poland), 2012; MAGICAL MATERIALS — Unleash your Super Powers, Science Gallery Dublin (Ireland), 2012; CURIOUS MINDS — New Approaches in Design, Israel Museum, Nathan Cummings Building for Modern and Contemporary Art, Jerusalem (Israel), 2011; Final Show RCA, Royal College of Art, Upper Gulbenkian Gallery, London (UK), 2011; BIO: FICTION Synthetic Biology Science and Art Film Festival, Ernst Haeckel Saal, Natural History Museum, Vienna (Austria), 2011
  • Awards

  • Travel grant for participation at the Design Research Society Conference (DRS 2015) in Umeå, Sweden. Arts and Humanities Research Council, London, UK, 2014.; Honoree, Core77 Design Awards, Category Speculative Design, New York, USA, 2013.; AHRC Doctoral Award, towards PhD studies at the Royal College of Art, Arts and Humanities Research Council, London, UK, 2012- 2016.; Winner, 1st Alfred- Kärcher- Award, Alfred Kärcher GmbH, Winnenden, Germany, 2011.; Nominee, Future of Ourselves Award, Helen Hamlyn Design Centre, London, London, UK, 2011.; Shortlisted/ Runner-up, BIO:Fiction, Science & Art Filmfestival, Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria, 2011.; Grant for artistic development, Vereinigte Stiftungen Pforzheim, Germany, 2011.; Two annual stipends for artistic development, towards the MA Design Interactions studies at the Royal College of Art. Granted by the Alfred Kärcher GmbH, Winnenden, Germany, 2009 and 2010.; Full stipend for artistic development, towards the MA Design Interactions studies at the Royal College of Art. Claus und Brigitte Meyer Foundation, Germany, 2009- 2011.; Scholarship award for pioneer–minded work, Heinrich- Blanc- Foundation, Germany, 2008.; Scholarship award for outstanding degree work, Pforzheim University, Germany, 2008.
  • Conferences

  • Ranner, V., Lockton, D. 'Plans and speculated actions', Conversation with Gyorgyi Galik, Dr Tobie Kerridge, Dr Molly Steenson, DRS 2016, Brighton, UK.
  • Publications

  • Lockton, D., Ranner, V. (forthcoming 2016) 'Plans and speculated actions: Design, behaviour and complexity in sustainable futures', The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design’, ed. by Prof Jonathan Chapman.