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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