Ross Cairns is a creative technologist. He facilitates innovative digital experiences and products by enabling creative collaborations that foster a tighter integration between design, engineering and technology.

Ross possesses an unusual combination of skills; he enthusiastically combines design thinking with a deep knowledge of different programming languages, technology stacks and visual design. He has spoken about his work, collaboration ethos and the potential of digital technologies at conferences such as Design Indaba in Cape Town, Resonate in Belgrade and Remix in London.

In 2018, Ross established Creative Technology Studio, working with Lloyds Banking Group and others, to reduce the gap between engineering and design teams within agile processes, as well as creating new tools that enable multidiscipline collaboration with new technologies (AI, conversational design, biometrics, AR, realtime graphics). In 2010, he co-founded the creative practise, The Workers, which worked with large cultural institutions (Tate, V&A), enterprise scale companies (Hitachi, Rentokil, Nike) and smaller industry leading creative practises (including Jason Bruges Studio, Studio for Cinematic Architecture, Umbrellium, BAT Studio, Helicar&Lewis, Biblotheque Design, and A Practise For Everyday Life).

In 2014, Ross was part of the winning team that received Tate Britain’s inaugural IK Prize for After Dark; a project with a global media reach of over one billion. He studied Design Interactions at London’s Royal College of Art in 2007. Prior to this he was a creative designer for a Glasgow-based Advertising and Graphic Design studio, Atalanta and studied Interactive Media Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. He has tutored and led workshops at several universities including the Barlett School of Architecture and the University of Westminster.

Photo by Martina Lang

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Currently based in London, UK


  • Senior creative technologist (conversational design) at Lloyds Banking Group
  • AR prototype as freelance creative technologist for Umbrellium
  • Thesis tutor on Design for Performance and Interaction MA at the Bartlett School of Architecture


  • Senior creative technologist (biometrics) at Lloyds Banking Group
  • Inmarsat Volvo Ocean Race installation’s software for Jason Bruges Studio
  • Wandering Meadow installation for Great Ormond Street Hospital with Sister Arrow
  • VR system for Hitachi Rail Europe
  • Creative technologist consultant for Jason Bruges Studio
  • Freelance creative technologist for Agency of Design
  • Unity3d creative coding workshops for University of Westminster and University of Creative Arts
  • Freelance creative technology consultant for Tricycle Theatre
  • Founded Creative Technology Studio Ltd.


  • Listening Living Room installation with BAT Studio for Guy’s Hospital
  • ProjectLab VR dance performance with Light Surgeons for Old Market Theatre
  • Freelance creative technologist for Bare Conductive
  • Visiting lecturer at University for the Creative Arts
  • Kavital installation for Bene at Clerkenwell Design Week
  • Highcross Lanterns installation with Studio of Cinematic Architecture
  • Panel discussion member at Remix Summit London
  • Pidee Raspberry Pi addon with Hackney Swingers Club
  • Visiting lecturer and Unity3d creative coding workshops at University of Creative Arts


  • Invited presenter at Resonate.io Belgrade
  • Invited presenter at Design Indaba Cape Town
  • Allude installation for Berlin Fashion Week with Bibliotheque Design
  • RESET installation for Bibliotheque Design
  • Studio Blackburn website for Studio Blackburn
  • ‘Where did the selfies take us’ installation with BAT Studio & Eleanor Meredith
  • Marketing concepts for Baby Bundle
  • Straylight installation with BAT Studio for HTC
  • Presented at Ravensbourne
  • Presented at Royal College of Art


  • Reset installation for Bibliothèque Design
  • After Dark installation for Tate Britain
  • Winner of the inaugural IK Prize by Tate Britain
  • Branding for WildFlower
  • Installation at Hackney Wicked with Hackney Swingers Club
  • Music To Move To platform for Fuel Theatre
  • Freelance creative technologist for Jason Bruges Studio


  • Nike Feel TV as freelance creative technologist for Hellicar&Lewis
  • Where You Are website for Visual Editions supported by Google Creative Lab
  • Bloomberg Connects installation for Tate Modern with Studio Blackburn and Jason Bruges Studio
  • YourTour for Design with Heritage (consortium of V&A, UCA, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts)
  • Haroon Mirza’s 0/0/0/0 website with APFEL
  • #GetWinterized installation for Anna Lomax for Converse
  • Freelance creative technologist for Jason Bruges Studio
  • In Limbo iOS app with Leo Bridle


  • London Olympic’s Coca-Cola pavilion Ariel Dynamics installation as freelance creative technologist for Jason Bruges Studio
  • Kinect workshops for Southbank Centre with Jason Bruges Studio
  • 21st Century Light Modulator as freelance creative technologist for Jason Bruges Studio
  • ListeningNYC iOS app as freelance creative technologist for COSM
  • iOS Libraries as freelance objective-c developer for Xively/Umbreillium


  • Awesomecross as freelance creative technologist for Jason Bruges Studio
  • Feathered Flight installation for Museum für Naturkunde Berlin as freelance creative technologist for TheGreenEyl
  • Big Art Mob website as freelance frontend developer with Art Public for Channel 4
  • Tech City Launchpad award winner for StatRace platform proposal
  • Ollo website for Bibliothèque Design

2010 and before

  • 2010 Founded The Workers (London) Ltd
  • 2009 Dundee Contemporary Arts iOS app
  • 2007-09 Design Interactions, Royal College of Art
  • 2007 Freelance designer and creative coder
  • 2006-07 Designer, Atalanta Advertising and Design
  • 2002-04 Interactive Media Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee