Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker, founder and director of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which runs in partnership with Jon Ardern.
The studio consistently produces inventive and critical work exploring the limits of emerging technologies and their implications on society and culture. In her recent, well-received talk, “Design for the New Normal,” she explores the vision of their studio as a new kind of design practice — one that is responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
Recent work includes the design of prosthetic vision for the visually impaired, alternate autonomous weather systems, ecological domestic robots, large-scale devices visualizing quantum computing, pirate networks for autonomous UAVs, speculative narratives investigating illegal markets for synthetic biology and community-enabling services for urban India.
The studio’s work has won awards from Apple Computers Inc., the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, ICSID, the Chicago Documentary Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Geneva Human Right Festival. It has exhibited at MoMA New York, Science Gallery Dublin, National Museum of China, Ars Electronica, London Design Festival and the Tate Modern, and been written about in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Wired, and Fast Company.
Recent interviews can be read on TED.com, BBC Radio 4, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and Urban Futures. Of Indian origin, Anab studied at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad before receiving her master’s from the Royal College of Art, London.