I design creative, sustainable and meaningful futures, for ourselves and our technologies


Latest Projects

I ask questions about the future of people and technology, and use design to help them and their companies design futures that matter.

Available Talks

Vanessa is always on the lookout for new topics within diversity, technology, design and future strategy.

Recent Talks & Events

Vanessa speaks at events moderates panels, and hosts happenings both physical and virtual.


Vanessa has written articles for academia, online news sites, and on LinkedIn. Check them out here.

Areas of interest

Who is Vanessa?

Dr. Vanessa Julia Carpenter is the Chief Innovation Officer at Gagarin, an experience design studio with 27 years experience creating immersive, engaging, interactive exhibitions. Here, Vanessa is leading the charge in creating climate change educational material, inspiring youths with hope and determination to debate and take climate actions. Using her PhD in Designing for Meaningfulness in Future Smart Products from AAU, Copenhagen, she challenges the status quo and explores how to facilitate personal and interpersonal self development.

Vanessa believes in being a catalyst for change and has launched the Nordic network, “Women in Hardware”, writes for and Greater Spaces at and is founder and designer at Kintsugi Design, a design studio specializing in hardware, and creating robust futures. She is often featured as a keynote speaker and workshop holder for her ability to inspire, educate and provoke change for people who need it the most.

Vanessa's Experience

  • September 2021 - Today

    Chief Innovation Officer

    Gagarin, Iceland

  • February, 2020 - Today

    CEO, Interaction & Strategic Designer

    Kintsugi Design, Denmark

  • June 2012 - December 2019

    Lead Technology Specialist

    FORCE Technology, Denmark

  • January 2008 - December 2012

    Director, Artist, Interaction Designer

    illutron Collaborative Interactive Arts Studio

  • March, 2008 - March 2016

    CEO, Experience Designer

    GeekPhysical Exhibition Design

Meet Kintsugi Design

Kintsugi Design is a creative technology and design studio specializing in meaningful design and technology focusing on identity, significance, purpose in the long term.. Kintsugi is the traditional Japanese craft of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals whereby the resulting product is more beautiful than the original: the imperfection makes it perfect. Our name comes from our work with a Japanese Kintsugi Artist – where we together created “Electronic Kintsugi”. We’re repairing the cracks, and making more robust and beautiful futures.

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