Update, May 2019

After giving dozens of talks across eighteen countries, I am now selective about my speaking appearances. Most of my CO₂ footprint comes from flying to events, and I have a moral obligation to reduce it from currently indefensible levels. I pledge to reduce my emissions from flying by 50% in 2020, by accepting fewer gigs and applying a new air travel policy.

Inspire your team with an expert perspective on the future of the tech industry. Book me to give an in-house talk to earn valuable insight into what’s happening outside your office walls, and for advanced warning on the challenges facing tech companies in the years ahead. My talks typically discuss the urgent intersection between design, technology, ethics, and the future.

I also keynote public conferences: see Conference speaking.

Current talks

Other topics may be available on request.

Who am I?

I’m Cennydd Bowles, a London-based designer and futurist. Over a sixteen-year career, I’ve written two popular books (Future Ethics and Undercover User Experience Design), led design at Twitter UK, and been fortunate enough to develop a reputation as a global leader in digital product and UX design. As an independent consultant, I’ve worked with clients including the BBC, Samsung, WWF, Cisco, and Ford.

My focus today is the ethics of emerging technology. I’ve been quoted on the topic in The Guardian, Ars Technica, The Daily Telegraph, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Forbes; my new book Future Ethics has been called ‘One of the most important books a designer could ever read.’ I now consult with technology companies on ethical approaches to design and new product development, drawing on innovative techniques from speculative design, futurism, and contemporary practical ethics.

I’ve presented at a range of major tech companies and universities, and am a regular keynote speaker at tech and design conferences worldwide.

What you get

  • An in-person talk (typically forty minutes) on an agreed topic. There may be an opportunity to adapt content for your audience.

  • Q&A if desired – for large groups this may require moderation.

  • Informal, off-the-record post-talk discussion with attendees.

  • Slide deck in PDF format, to share internally.

  • A signed copy of my latest book Future Ethics.

Book now

Now booking on-site presentations for summer 2019 and beyond, worldwide. Remote presentations delivered over videoconferencing software also available. Book a talk alongside a workshop (I offer training in speculative design & futurism, and practical ethics for tech teams), consulting, or a bulk purchase of Future Ethics for a discounted rate.

Per the Update above, I am now selective with my availability through late 2019 and 2020. My air travel policy applies to all international events.

Feedback on my talks

  • ‘Well done, and THANK YOU very much for your time today. You broke Slack with quotes, commentary, questions and just general feedback. To summarize: “This presentation should be required viewing for every new designer at [company].” Kudos.’ –VP Design, in-house client.

  • ‘It sparked some incredible discussion and had more quotable moments than I’ve ever seen!’ —Designer, in-house client.

  • ‘That was one of the most compelling, cogent, inspiring, informative, and enlightening lectures I've ever seen. (And I've seen a lot!:) You were amazing. And we are so lucky.’ —Design faculty member.

Recorded talks


I’m happy for the talk to be recorded for internal use. I strongly prefer to present off my own machine, connecting via HDMI or VGA. Alternative arrangements possible with sufficient notice and A/V support.

Talks are suitable for any audience size: I’ve presented to groups of over 1,000 and below 10. Talks tend to be most relevant to designers, product managers, and software engineers, but anyone working in the technology field should find them appropriate.

In-house appearances subject to visas and work permission.