Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Veronica Ranner
Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media
Veronica Ranner is a designer, artist, and Assistant Professor of Product Design at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU). Her research focuses on emerging (bio-)technologies, bio-design, bio-fabrication, systems design, and experimental, transdisciplinary approaches between design, science, and society. She is the founder of 'Polyphonic Futures' (2014), a growing design-science imagination laboratory that cross-connects experts with the public, and the participatory platform 'Design — Research — Making' (2017) for international and cross-institutional exchanges.

Veronica received her German Diplom in Industrial Design from Pforzheim University and a MA Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, where she currently undertakes an AHRC-funded PhD. Before joining NTU in 2022, she worked for more than ten years on transdisciplinary projects across a range of leading scientific institutions, biomedical companies, agencies, museums, and universities, in roles such as Design Advisor at Cambridge University (UK) and Visiting Scientist at Tufts University in Boston (USA).

Her work is frequently exhibited internationally, including at 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, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Marta Herford (Germany), the Design Museum Ghent (Belgium), the Centre de design de l'UQAM in Montreal (Canada) and the Futurium in Berlin.
Designerly approaches to science and technology studies (STS)
(involving critical theory, human-computer-interaction (HCI), sociology and critical posthumanism)

Researching the ethical implications of bio-digitality for design, society and ecology

The potentiality and ethics of futuring concerning bio-digitality
(Bio-digitality is a burgeoning domain and new converging knowledge space where computational thought interfaces with biological matter)

Polyphonic approaches to designing critically, speculatively and conceptually

Transdisciplinary design-science collaboration across the (life) sciences, biomaterial science, institutions, and the public

Further development of "Designing with Transience"
(A critical design framework that looks at temporospatial aspects of configuring with incommensurable entities)
  • Polyphonic Futures Lab — Developing a Design Research Platform at the Nexus of Biodesign, Speculative Practices and Collective Imagination
  • Teaching with Material Objects
Courses Taught
DR3006 Product Design III
DR23005 Product Design IV
DR2008 Design Futures & Experiences (User Experience in Design)
DR2014 Body-Centric Design
DD4004 Final Year Project Design Art

Practicum supervision (BA Design Art)