Designer & Technologist
Agent: Jo Carlton
Thomas Thwaites is a designer, futurist and communicator, striving to find new perspectives on technology. His design work examines how technology, science and economics interact with trends, fictions and beliefs, to shape our present society, and possible futures.
As an undergraduate Thomas studied biology and economics at University College, London and this training informs his design work. He completed his Masters in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in 2009. His work has since received several awards and is exhibited at galleries and museums all over the world, recently including the Science Museum in London and the National Museum of China, Beijing.
Thomas is The Man Who Makes Things From Scratch — presenter of a TV series which has been sold around the globe, based on his first book, The Toaster Project (Or A Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch). He is the winner of the Emerging Design Studio award at the Icon Magazine Awards 2013 and was also one of the Designers in Residence at the Design Museum.
For his second book, GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human, Thomas “became a goat to escape the angst inherent in being a human”. The project became an exploration of how close modern technology can take us to fulfilling an ancient human dream: to take on characteristics from other animals.
- The Man Who Makes Things From Scratch - Discovery Science
- GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human (2016)
- The Toaster Project (Or A Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch) (2011)