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)
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