Cade is a designer, writer and researcher. His practice focuses on weaponised design, user self-expression, infrastructure and politics. After prototyping Signal with Open Whisper Systems, he spent four years designing for secure software and emerging cryptocurrency technologies. He was the head of design at SpiderOak, a Snowden-approved cloud storage company, researching new approaches to web of trust and design-led information security. Since 2017, he is the Design Lead at Tactical Tech and resides in Berlin, Germany.
Participation in "a speculative conversation about a more radical commoning using recent and forthcoming information technologies, icluding the entanglement of technologies with alternative forms of living together from different scales and levels, such as networking (goods, communication), decision making, predicting/modelling, automation driven post-scarcity economies, tracking, and negotiating situated value."
Project lead for an influential 8 day project that raises public awareness of surveillance capitalism, helps people critically analyse the role of data collection in their lives, and aids them in limiting or removing themselves from these surveillance systems.
Interview with the BBC about the Data Detox Kit, and whether people can fight back against algorithms.
An interview with New Models. Covers the collateral (human) damage platforms cause as they scale; questions big tech's G-rated ideation of the average subject; considers the functionality of personal mobile devices within precarious communities, and remarks on the actual inefficiency of the cloud. (With Busta, Keller, & @LILINTERNET)
A livestream talk for DACIDA, an online community that gathers creative, open-minded fellows with the goal of exploring, sharing experiences and starting a dialogue about what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. Organised by the NGO "Gradska Gerila" with the support of the Goethe-Institut Belgrade.
A longer talk about Weaponised Design at Radical Networks – a festival and a conference designed to foster critical discussions around policy, DIY networking and the future of the Internet.
Guest lecture at Hyper Island's Stockholm campus about weaponised design, and the greater politics of infrastructure.
Interview for Anastasia Kubrak's post-graduate thesis. Critical reflection on the responsibilities, failures and challenges of design teams.
A talk on Weaponised Design alongside complementary talks on Live Action Role Play by Susan Ploetz, and artificial intelligence ethics by Joshua Johnson.
Podcast interview with Lawrence Ampofo on the importance of minimizing data footprints on common Silicon Valley platforms.
A Data Detox Kit focused interview with NPR, explaining the focus of the project and the individual implications for limiting data collection by corporate surveillence platforms.
A panel exploring trends in technology and their ethical, moral, and societal implications. Alongside Yann Leretaille and Alexander Steinhart, the panel covered topics including privacy, digital culture, morality of machine-based decision-making and implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Design direction for a the XYZ project, a space to publish practical tools to navigate digital security and privacy from a gender perspective, in collaboration with Semanur Karaman.
Efficiency and Madness Postgraduate Semester
Co-developed and lectured the winter 2017/2018 semester of Universität Potsdam's Designschule post-graduate programme. With Stephanie Hankey, Marek Tuszynski and Varoon Bashyakarla.
Creative and design direction for a professional cryptocurrency trading platform and related branding. In collaboration with Ignatius Gilfedder.
Creative direction for SpiderOak and its suite of products. A two year focus on design research within a information security context, covering the entire company's communications, strategy and products. In collaboration with photographer Ward Roberts, and, for a time, Isobar Chicago, SpiderOak's design team mixed information security, aesthetics and design to develop new approaches of authenticating and communicating securely.
Launch video for the secure collaboration project, Semaphor.
Core lead designer on an end-to-end encrypted collaboration platform. Tested a series of aesthetic and user experience concepts informed by ongoing user research and learnings from Kloak, an earlier project.
A talk showcasing design experiments that explore how user-hostile security and privacy can become the centre of a designer’s practice.
Redesign and rebrand of a light-weight open source synced password manager after its acqusition by SpiderOak.
A white-list first microblogging social media app, highly private and designed with a novel form of inter-personal verification between users. Developed in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, specifically researching asynchronous key exchange.
Four month volunteer research project with Open Whisper Systems on for the popular encrypted messenger app, Signal. This prototype led to me contributing to the push to complete Signal 2.0 in Hawaii.
Creative Director at Australia's most successful cryptocurrency startup, overseeing design and product direction as the company transitioned from a small startup to a fully fledged new-finance platform. Oversaw the design and development of the company's suite of early-stage crypto products, including personal wallet apps for desktop and handheld devices and the CoinJar Swipe debit card.
Design & branding for a cyberpunk Shanghai-based augmented reality fashion label.
One of the first plain-language guides to bitcoin, completed at the beginning of the fledging cryptocurrency movement.