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Matt Ward

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PositionHead of Department
Department Design
Email m.ward (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7797
Matt Ward

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.

Publications

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.

The architecture of frivolity and mess
Ward, Matt. 2011. 'The architecture of frivolity and mess'. In: Design principles and practices. Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.

The Architecture of Frivolity
Ward, Matt. 2009. 'The Architecture of Frivolity'. In: Interesting 09. London, United Kingdom.

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.

The fate of things to come
Ward, Matt. 2008. 'The fate of things to come'. In: London calling. Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany.

Article

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

Book Section

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

Report

RIFD: Frequency, standards, adoption and innovation
Ward, Matt and van Kranenberg, R.. 2006. RIFD: Frequency, standards, adoption and innovation. Technical Report. JISC, UK.

Blog