Matt is the current Head of the Design Department.
His research spans a wide range of interests from speculative design to radical pedagogy. He’s a practicing designer, writer and founding member of DWFE; a post-disciplinary, semi-fictional design syndicate. DWFE’s work searches for meaning in the construction of the extraordinary; they design activities, objects and incidents to reconfigure people’s perceptions.
Matt holds three international patents on the work he did at NCR’s Advanced Research and Development Department on the emerging contexts of the Internet of Things and Urban Computing. Matt has been a research affiliate to MIT Media Lab and Interaction Design at The RCA. He consults for a range of organisations; Nokia, BERG, Dentsu and the Design Council. He lectures internationally about design, technology and education, writes a blog and takes a lot of photographs.
Conference or Workshop Item
Souvenirs from the Future: The Role of Image Making in Speculative and Critical Design
Ward, Matt. 2011. 'Souvenirs from the Future: The Role of Image Making in Speculative and Critical Design'. In: The Second International Conference on the Image. San Sebastian, Spain.
Made in Criticalland: Designing Matters of Concern
Wilkie, Alex and Ward, Matt. 2009. 'Made in Criticalland: Designing Matters of Concern'. In: Networks of Design. Falmouth, United Kingdom.
Rethinking Drinking: A Proposal For a New English Pint Beer Glass
Hall, Sean and Ward, Matt. 2010. Rethinking Drinking: A Proposal For a New English Pint Beer Glass. Things, pp. 46-49. ISSN 1356-921X
Designing a Critical Utopia: Facts, Futures and Fictions
Ward, Matt. 2006. Designing a Critical Utopia: Facts, Futures and Fictions. Scroope: Cambridge Architectural Journal, 18, pp. 44-53. ISSN 09661026
Rapid Prototyping Politics: Design and the De-material Turn
Ward, M A. 2015. Rapid Prototyping Politics: Design and the De-material Turn. In: W Jonas; S Zerwas and K von Anshelm, eds. Transformation Design: Perspectives on a New Design Attitude. Basel: Birkhäuser, pp. 227-245. ISBN 978-3-0356-0636-2
Resistance is futile: design for transformation
Ward, Matt. 2008. Resistance is futile: design for transformation. In: Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo, eds. Nowhere, now, here: investigating new lines of enquiry in contemporary design. Gijon, Spain: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, pp. 134-139. ISBN 978-84-612-6674-6
RIFD: Frequency, standards, adoption and innovation
Ward, Matt and van Kranenberg, R.. 2006. RIFD: Frequency, standards, adoption and innovation. Technical Report. JISC, UK.