Over the last two decades Nick has developed a broad suite of approaches uniquely suited to the generation of robust prototypes of future experiences. This suite of skills is designed to be flexible and adaptable to account for the natural variances of any project. As a part of this practice he utilizes every design approach, from physical prototyping to film, print, motion and interaction design. In leading design teams he seeks out a willingness to experiment and a flexibility of process, combined with a strong understanding of real human needs and deep empathetic sensitivity.
In parallel, Nick’s work with the Near Future Laboratory, and particularly the toolkit developed through 'The Future Mundane', has introduced new ways of engaging with the future, which embrace and confront the inevitable practicalities and pragmatic questions of any future product.
The Near Future Laboratory is a design and research organization, which aims to understand how imagination and hypothesis become materialized to swerve the present into new, more habitable near-future worlds. The work of the Lab originates from a variety of conceptual and creative platforms, most notably Design Fiction, in order to help explicate context and explore future states.
Through his more formal work with a host of multinational companies, these approaches have led to significant shifts in product strategy, developed entirely new concepts and models of interaction, opened new avenues of exploration and built deeper understandings of the role of technology in our collective future. NIck is known for continually pushing the relationship between design and emerging technology in his role at X, and is a leading proponent of Design Fiction and related fields in academia and design discourse forums.