Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, where he collaborates with a wide variety of partners to explore how design provides methods to adapt and create products and services with a networked society. He especially favours transgressive design interventions, to help identify and promote the values we care about most, including design for the blockchain, an application for sham marriages, and an SMS platform for shoplifting.
Chris directs the Design Informatics Research Centre, home to a combination of researchers working across interaction design, temporal design, anthropology, software engineering and digital architecture. He has a track record of directing large complex grants with industry partners, and over the past 9 years has been involved with research grants across ESPRC, ESRC and AHRC totalling over £21m. Chris is Director of the Creative Informatics R&D Programme and part of the AHRC Creative Economy programme.