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Nick Foster is a designer, futurist and writer based in Oakland, California.

Nick was born in Derby, a city most notable as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and the home of the jet engine. He spent his formative years drawing, watching Spielberg and disassembling discarded products. He learned about technology and engineering from his father (a railway draughtsman), and empathy and ingenuity from his mother (an occupational therapist). 

He has made his career working at the cutting edge of technology and design, for manufacturers such as Dyson, Sony and Nokia, helping to shape new products for emerging needs and users. Through the early part of his career, working as an industrial designer at agencies in London, he discovered an affinity for future concept work, and began developing a suite of tools and approaches to vividly render future scenarios.

Nick is the Head of Design at X (formerly Google X), and a partner at the Near Future Laboratory, pioneering work in the field of Design Fiction. Both roles are focused on creating detailed depictions of the future to aid in present day reflection and decision making. 

(As an early cartoonist, and later graffiti writer, he adopted the name ‘fosta’ which has stuck with him through the years. Nick or fosta is fine)


Notable Engagements:

  • Worldz Cultural Master, Los Angeles, 2018

  • Primer Conference, speaker, Berkeley 2018

  • PTTOW summit invitee, Los Angeles, 2017 and 2018

  • Mercedes Benz - MeConvention speaker, Frankfurt Germany, 2017

  • IDSA awards, Judging Panel member, Detroit 2017

  • Interaction 15, speaker, San Francisco, 2015

  • dConstruct, speaker, Brighton UK 2015

  • It’s Grim up North, presented to IDSA, Silicon Valley, 2014

  • An Evening of Design and Fiction, speaker, IDEO SF, 2014

  • Emerge conference, speaker, Arizona State University, 2013

  • Interesting North, speaker, Sheffield UK, 2010


View his profile on Linkedin or a full portfolio is available on request