Our design and technology practice helps Nesta and our partners design, build and test solutions that meet people’s needs and can have a positive social impact.

We do this by guiding colleagues and partners through a process of understanding the problem or issue from multiple perspectives and levels, then simply and quickly testing a diverse range of ideas. We repeat this process many times until we have solutions that meet people’s needs and lead to the desired social impact and business objectives.

The fields of design and technology are broad, ranging from the creation of tangible products through to shaping services and ecosystems.

Four orders of design graphic - innovation skills

Based on Buchanan’s Four Orders of Design

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The work of our design and technology practitioners reflects this breadth. Whether it’s refining content using behavioural insights to improve engagement in local authority services; building digital tools to help people better understand the environmental impact of their home heating; shaping a seamless experience across multiple touch points for people to switch to low-carbon heating; or helping key players across an ecosystem to work together to influence our food environment.

Throughout our history Nesta has advocated for, and used, design and technology for social innovation. We’ve done this through our work on programmes across different public and private sectors all over the world, and shared and promoted key resources and techniques by developing toolkits such diytoolkit.org. Our design and technology practice continues this legacy by being a focal point for practitioners – both in and outside of Nesta – who use design and technology for social good.

If you’d like to present at one of our regular design meetups or explore opportunities for collaboration with our design and technology practice please get in touch by emailing [email protected]

Team

Suraj Vadgama

Suraj Vadgama

Suraj Vadgama

Director of Design, Design & Technology practice

Suraj leads the Design & Technology practice at Nesta.

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Laura Murria

Laura Murria

Laura Murria

Technical Design Lead, Practices

Laura, as Technical Design Lead, brings broad and deep technology expertise to support and enable Nesta’s missions.

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Andy Marsden

Andy Marsden

Andy Marsden

Designer, A Sustainable Future mission

Andy is a designer for the Sustainable Futures mission team.

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Clara Widdison

Clara Widdison

Clara Widdison

Design Lead, 'A Healthy Life' Mission

Clara is a Design Lead for Nesta's 'A Healthy Life' Mission

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Emma Dickson

Emma Dickson

Emma Dickson

Operations and Programme Development Manager

Emma is Operations and Programme Development Manager in the Innovation Skills team.

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Geetika Kejriwal

Geetika Kejriwal

Geetika Kejriwal

Designer, A Healthy Life mission

Geetika is a design practitioner who believes in an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to design.

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Alasdair Hiscock

Alasdair Hiscock

Alasdair Hiscock

Design lead, sustainable future mission

Alasdair joined Nesta in September 2021

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Emma McFarland

Emma McFarland

Emma McFarland

Design Lead

Emma is Design Lead for Nesta’s A Fairer Start mission, integrating design and digital innovation practice in the mission’s work to catalyse impactful and scalable innovation.

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