Curiculum Vitae

Stories are the way we grasp information and integrate it within the context of our lives. In a world where science is progressing at an exponential pace, my practice of design aims to craft subtle and engaging scenarios at the intersection between science and society. Using a wide variety of media from three dimensional models to illustrations and video, and by collaborating with other disciplines, scientific and artistic, I aim to encourage the public to question and re-assess their relationships to science and technology.
David holds a BA in graphic design from the Royal Academy in the Hague, the Netherlands, and an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom.

• Current

Independent Designer/Researcher

Research Associate - Studiolab
Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London
European Union, Seventh Framework Programme

Consulting Researcher
Microsoft Research, Cambridge UK

• Education

2008 - 2010: MA Design Interactions (Distinction)
Royal College of Art, London, UK

2003 - 2006: BA Graphic & Typographic design (Cum Laude)
Royal Academy of Arts, the Hague, Netherlands

• Exhibitions & Talks


COMING SOON: Real imaginary futures - exhibition
05 to 08 2014
Bureau Europa, Maastricht, NL

Blueprints for the Unknown - exhibition (curator)
V_2 Institute for the Unstable Media
as part of the DEAF 2014 festival

Synthetic Aesthetics at the V&A Friday Late - talk


Current Values - talk
11.2013 TENT
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

L'imaginaire et les Techniques - talk
Paris, France

Grow Your Own - exhibition
10 2013 to 01 2014
Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Praxis and Poetics - Research through design
conference/exhibition 09 2013
Newcastle, UK

Project Genesis
08 2013 to 08 2014
Ars Electronica, Linz Austria

Stranger than Fiction (co-curator)
Pop-up exhibition at the SB 6.0 conference
07 2013 Imperial College London


Real Fiction (lecture series)
04 2013
Die Angewandte University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria

Transnatural - The State of Autonomy
07.09 to 07.10 2012
NEMO Science Museum, Amsterdam

Ignite Dublin #9 (talk)
22nd June, Science Gallery, Dublin

Hack the City
22nd June - 8th September
Science Gallery, Dublin

Electric Bookshop (talk)
4th apr. Inspace
Edinburgh Science Festival

ESRC Genomics Network (talk)
Seminar Series STS in Synthetic Biology
23rd Mar. Lancaster University


ACM Multimedia
Nov 28 - Dec 1 2011
Scottsdale Arizona

What If... (exhibition & talk)
28th sept. - 17th oct. International Design Triennale
National Museum of China, Beijing, China

Tweak! Modding disciplines through inventive tools (talk)
23rd sept. UC Davis, CA, USA

Glitch Fiction
12th - 18th sept. Paris Design Week
Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris, France

Becoming Transnatural
4th mar. - 1 apr. De Verdieping/Trouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Alter-Nature: We Can
curated by Karen Verschooren
21st nov. 2010 - 13th mar. 2011, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium

Biennale Internationale du Design
exhibition: Demain c'est Aujourd'hui, curated by Claire Fayolle
20th nov. - 5th dec. St. Etienne, France

Innovation Greenhouse
London Design Festival at the V&A
18–26th sept., V&A Museum, London, UK

4S Conference (talk)
Society for Social Studies of Science annual meeting
24-29th aug., Komaba Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan
(on sponsorship from Microsoft Research, Cambridge UK)

What If...
curated by Dunne & Raby
30th july - 25th oct., Wellcome Trust windows, London, UK

TestLab, the Invisible City
8th july, V2 Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Commissioned by the EPSRC and Design Interactions
16-21st march, Royal College of Art, London, UK

• Teaching

Textiles Futures BA
Visiting lecturer
Central St. Martins, 10.2013
London, UK

Jury Member (MA exams)
Ecole de Recherche Graphique, June 2013
Brussels, Belgium

Guest Critic
BA Architecture Space & Objects, May 2013
Central St. Martins, University of the Arts, London

Apr. 2013
Die Angewandte, University of Applied Arts, Vienna

Biotech Futures Workshop
Visiting Lecturer
Apr. 2013 ENSCI Paris

Idea Translation Lab
Visiting Lecturer
Feb. to Mar. 2013, Trinity College, Dublin

The Great Microbe Monopoly
4 week project, led with Sascha Pohflepp
Design Interactions department, Feb. 2013
Royal College of Art, London

Dans les Chaussons de Napoléon
Workshop (post-graduate) with Nelly Ben Hayoun
15th to 19th Oct. 2012
Ecole Estienne, Paris

Exclusive Power Club
Workshop with post-grad design students.
With Nelly Ben Hayoun and Nicolas Myers
21st to 26th May 2012
Ecole Estienne, Paris
Workshop Website

Visiting Tutor, Crooked Little Engines
4 week project, led with Sascha Pohflepp
Design Interactions department, mar. 2012
Royal College of Art, London

Guest Critic
Unknown Fields Division
AA School of Architecture, London

Visiting Tutor, Synthetic Stories
4 week project, led with Sascha Pohflepp
Design Interactions department, mar. 2011
Royal College of Art, London

Guest Critic
BA Architecture Space & Objects, feb. 2011
Central St. Martins, University of the Arts, London

Creative Sessions & Human Practices Panel
Imperial College IGem team, Summer 2010

• Publications

Kerb 19 Journal
Dept Architecture + Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Utopia Forever
Gestalten Verlag, Berlin, Germany

REFF (Roma Europa Fake Factory) remix the world, reinvent reality
FakePress, Rome, Italy