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In Progress 2012

At In Progress we look back on the themes, projects and ideas that defined the year just gone and how they might shape the year ahead. Held at London’s Barbican Centre, the conference attracts speakers from a whole host of disciplines and delegates from across the creative industries.

Adrian Mars

Adrian Mars is a technology journalist, broadcaster and futurologist. He used his slot to explain why 3D printing is “so incredibly exciting” – looking at the past, present and future of the medium as well as some of the potential legal and moral implications of its increased popularity.


Architect David Kohn and Michael Morris, co-director of Artangel, were two of the brains behind A Room For London, which saw a boat perched on one of the South Bank’s biggest buildings. They spoke with It’s Nice That director Alex Bec about that project, collaboration more generally and the cultural congestion of Olympic Year in London.

Ben Southworth

Coder, start-up founder and deputy CEO of Tech City Ben Southworth is a man at the cutting edge of London’s digital development. He discussed how and why Tech City exists, its role in advising the UK Government and how they try to help creatives “be as awesome as they can be.”

Caroline Till

Caroline Till is co-founder of trend forecasting company FranklinTill and leader of the MA Future Textiles course at Central Saint Martins. She spoke about “the unstoppable rise of the experience junkie” charting the increasing prevalence of multi-sensory design to create delight, owner and distraction.

Dan Brooke

As head of Channel 4’s marketing and communications, Dan Brooke was one of the leading lights behind the channel’s extraordinary success with the 2012 Paralympic Games. At In Progress he described how the multi-award winning Meet the Superhumans campaign came about and how research and creative thinking combined to tackle social stigma.

Edward Barber

BarberOsgerby won the prestigious commission to design the Olympic Torch for London 2012 and their work became emblematic of that special summer. Edward Barber, one half of the award-winning duo, walked us through the project from first concepts to behind-the-scenes testing and the final thrill of seeing it travel the length of the UK.

Hellicar & Lewis

Pete Hellicar and Joel Lewis’ creative studio has become the go-to place for boundary-straining digital innovation. They explained how their commercial work supports the projects they get really passionate about, the importance they place in sharing and why it’s important to be open to unexpected outcomes.

Keiichi Matsuda

Multi-discplinary designer Keiichi Matsuda has long been interested in blurring the boundaries between the digital and real worlds to test new ways of engaging with our environments. He gave us a fascinating look at his work in this field and the potential implications of our changing relationship with technology.

Nicolas Roope

As co-founder of Poke and Hulger, Nicolas Roope has been responsible for a host of award-winning digital and product design projects including the Plumen lightbulb. He showed how simple, accessible and creatively instinctive tools had helped him produce and promote some of his best-known work.

Oliver Wainwright

Oliver Wainwright is the architecture and design critic for The Guardian. His talk looked at the much-heralded architectural legacy London was promised ahead of the Olympic Games and offered a frank and provocative critique of its actual limitations, a sobering corrective to a lot of the post 2012 back-slapping.

Ruth Mackenzie

As curator of the London 2012 Festival, Ruth Mackenzie oversaw an enormous cultural effort which saw millions of people across the UK take part. At In Progress she told us how she did it, looked at the talent and creativity within our arts scene and explained how keeping cultural events accessible encourages innovation and risk-taking.