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Gemma Copeland


I am an Australian designer based in London. I spend my time designing, researching, listening, imagining, prototyping, facilitating, writing, teaching and gardening. Through my practice, I explore how design can be used to enable people to organise, amplify marginalised voices, facilitate dialogues, and imagine post-capitalist futures.

I primarily work as part of Common Knowledge, a not-for-profit worker cooperative that uses design and technology to help social movements build power. We collaborate with a broad range of political organisations who are imagining and building radically different futures, using our digital expertise to multiply their impact.

Collaboration is at the heart of my practice. I’m part of the Center for Other Worlds, an interdisciplinary research centre for design and art based in Lisbon. As part of collectives like Designers + Cultural Workers and Evening Class, I’ve contributed to building support structures for precarious workers.

I’ve worked as a graphic and interactive designer in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Australia. I’ve held teaching positions at Central St Martins and London College of Communication, and have given talks and workshops at institutions like the University of Cambridge, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, HBK Braunschweig, Kingston School of Art, Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons School of Design.



Recent work