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A Tale of Change





Joseph Smith

Co-Founder, Makerversity





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The social design world needs to recognise and understand it's politics to effectively make change.

We need to stop thinking that our naivety about the issues we work on is a positive.
To make real changes to what and how we design things we need to think about where and how we make our money.



Over his career, Joseph Smith has worked across a range of projects aimed at creating progressive changes in society. These projects began with FutureGov and have included the London Eye, HMRC and start-ups. He will reflect on those experiences and how designers can engage in subject matter that may be a bit uncomfortable, but can make real change happen.


Joseph Smith is a designer and co founder of Makerversity.  

His work lies at the crossovers between design, technology, social enterprise and politics and is largely focused around product, interaction and service design. 


He is a passionate advocate that designers need to be more connected and have a better understanding of economic, social and political contexts, as well as actively starting their own projects in these areas. 


He has worked at award winning agencies such as thinkpublic and ustwo, as well as leading the design at Futuregov, building a design team and helping to shape the approach to design and development across their projects, working inside local authorities as well as helping to launch and develop services Casserole and Patchwork. 


He also designed and ran the first Physical Hack Day in the UK, focused on digital making and accessibility. 


He is currently starting a digital manufacturing company called Makerversity (Bad name we know) and thinking and writing about technology as part of a Digital Media MA at Goldsmiths.






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