Veronica Ranner is a designer, artist and researcher living and working in London






Veronica researches transdisciplinary between design, science, technology and art. In her work and practice she examines emerging (bio-)technologies, bio-fabrication, biodesign  and systems design to develop  experimental methods for constructive, critical and collective modes of futuring that democratise innovation.

She currently pursues an AHRC funded PhD at the Royal College of Art and holds a Visiting Scientist position with SilkLab at Tufts University in Boston (MA, USA). Her thesis examines the burgeoning domain of the bio-digital — a converging knowledge space where computational thinking meets biological matter and traces such bio-digital configurations, their emergence and their (ethical) implications for design and society. In this research she formulated a “polyphonic” approach of designing critically and speculatively, which she calls “Designing for Transience”. 

She holds degrees in Industrial Design from Pforzheim University, a Masters in Design Interactions from the RCA, and has worked on trans-disciplinary projects with a range of science institutions and biomedical companies.

Her work is frequently exhibited internationally, including the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Science Gallery in Dublin, the China Technology Museum in Beijing, the Biennale du Design in Saint-Etienne (France), the National Museum in Stockholm, and most recently, with the V&A in London. 

Veronica lectures and teaches worldwide and leads workshops in different settings, such as conferences, universities, art institutions and science laboratories where she invites artists, technologists, writers, designers and scientists and the public to collectively speculate on the polyphonic potential of technology and living materials.

She’s the founder of Polyphonic Futures, a growing design-science imagination laboratory that cross-connects experts with the public — in real-world events, and digitally.

A full CV can be provided upon request.



Present – Ph.D. Candidate
Royal College of Art, The Creative Exchange Lab (CX)
Funded by a full AHRC Doctoral Award

2009– 11 MA Design Interactions (with Distinction)
Royal College of Art (with Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby, James Auger)  

2004– 08 Diplom Industrial Designer (FH) (5/5)
Pforzheim University


Apr 2016– present
Visiting Lecturer

Royal College of Art, London, UK
MA Textile design, MA Fashion Womenswear, Menswear, MRes Design, Innovation Design Engineering

Sep 2014– present       
Visiting Scientist
Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA

2012– present
Guest lecturing and teaching
at various academic institutions worldwide, such as Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins, London, Tufts University, Boston, Zurich University of the Arts, and Parsons New School for Design, New York


Sep 2016– Jan 17                
Associate Lecturer
Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK
The Expanded Designer programme

Sep 2015– Dec 15                
Visiting Lecturer
The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
MDes Design Innovation programme

Sep 2015       
Visiting Lecturer
Zurich University of the Arts (ZhDK), Switzerland
MA Interaction Design, Department Design

Feb 2015       
Visiting Lecturer
Zurich University of the Arts (ZhDK), Switzerland
MA Interaction Design, Department Design

Jul 2011– Oct 2011
Design Advisor
Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
Department of Plant Sciences


2014 AHRC Travel grant
Design Research Conference (DRS 2014), Umeå, Sweden

2013 Honoree, Core 77 Design Awards
Category Speculative Design, New York, USA

2012– 16 AHRC Doctoral Award
Arts and Humanities Research Council, London, UK

2011 Winner of the 1st Alfred Kärcher Award
Alfred Kärcher GmbH, Germany

2011 Nominee, Future of Ourselves Award
Helen Hamlyn Design Centre, London, London, UK

2010  Shortlisted/ Runner-up
BIO:Fiction, Science & Art Filmfestival, Vienna, Austria

2010– 11 Royal College of Art Bursary
Royal College of Art, UK

2009– 11 Stipend for artistic development
Claus und Brigitte Meyer Stiftung, Germany

2009– 11 Stipend for artistic development
Alfred Kärcher GmbH, Germany

2009– 10 Royal College of Art Bursary
Royal College of Art, UK

2009 Grant for artistic development
Vereinigte Stiftungen Pforzheim, Germany

2008 Scholarship award for outstanding degree work
Pforzheim University, Germany

2008 Scholarship award for pioneer–minded work
Heinrich Blanc Foundation, Germany