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We work with clients from all around the world based in our Glasgow city centre studio. If you would like to talk to us about a project, or hear more about our work, please get in touch... 

Who We Are

Slaps Story

SLAPS began in 2015 with a playful collaboration between Ed White and Giulia Fiorista, two designers who wanted to explore the role of design in shaping desirable product and service experiences.

The collaboration resulted in a set of sex-themed construction toys, two PhD applications, and £120,000 of future research funding.

Diverting their academic path towards an entrepreneurial adventure, the designers set about exploring how design and desire can work together with business to transform the nature of product and service experiences, and create happier and healthier organisations through Design Innovation and Service Design. In 2016 SLAPS gained two key additions: Sam, a visionary entrepreneur, and Priscilla, probably the most talented account manager in Europe. 


WE HAVE COLLABORATED WITH

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CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS

09/15 Wellbeing by Design Conference. Desire Cube Design Research Project Presentation. The Glasgow School of Art, Creative Campus Highlands and Islands, Forres.
04/14 Milan Design Week. Vases of Marvel Garden. Zero Design Magazine. National Museum of Science and Technology, Milan
12/13 Fujitsu InnovationCommunity Regeneration 2020 Project Presentation. Fujitsu HQ, Tokyo. 

EXHIBITIONS

04/17 Edinburgh International Science Festival. Play On. National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh.
02/16 The Glasgow School of Art. Desire Cube Exhibition. Tontine Building, Glasgow.  
09/15 The Glasgow School of Art. Slaps Toys Exhibition. Wellbeing by Design Conference, Creative Campus Highlands and Islands, Forres.   
09/15 The Scottish Government. Wellbeing Exhibition. Holyrood, Edinburgh. 
05/15 The Scottish Government. Giving Voice Exhibition and Film Screening. Future Leaders Event, RBS Gogarburn, Edinburgh. 
02/15 Open House.  Slaps Toys Exhibition. The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow.  
01/15 The Institute of Design Innovation. Creative Futures Partnership Opening. Horizon Building, Forres.  
11/14 The Scottish Government. Giving Voice Exhibition and Film Screening. Scottish Leaders Forum, Beardmore Hotel, Glasgow.  
09/14 The Glasgow School of ArtThe Graduate Show. Reid Building, Glasgow.  


WORKSHOPS AND FACILITATION

12/16 LGBT Youth Scotland. Giant Consequences Drawing Workshop. Glasgow.
08/16 LGBT Youth Scotland. LGBT Pride Banners Making Workshop. Glasgow.
12/15 Glasgow Womens Library. Young Critics book-binding workshops. Glasgow.
10/15 LGBT Youth Scotland. Identity Desire Drawing Workshop. Glasgow.
06/15 Theatre NemoThe Returning Citizens Liberation Journey Mapping Workshop. Glasgow.
12/14 Fuse Youth Cafe. Creative Christmas Kite making Workshop. Glasgow.
11/14 The Scottish Government. Scottish Leaders Forum Participatory Design Workshops. Glasgow.
10/14 Scottish Women's convention.  Visual notetaking. Glasgow
04/14 The Glasgow School of Art. Ageing Economics Co-Design workshops to develop gamification engagement tools. Glasgow.
04/14 The Glasgow School of Art. Co-designing future rehabilitation services with HMP Barlinnie. Glasgow.


PRESS AND ARTICLES

01/16 It’s Nice That. New toy range Slaps encourages people to talk about sex, fetishes and desires. (Press)
01/16 I’ll Be Your Mirror. Oh bondage up yours! (Press) 
12/15 House of an Art Lover Publication. The Lewis Chessmen. The Institute of Design Innovation (Article by Ed White) 
09/15 Flourishing Times - Participation Issue. Absolute Equality. Institute of Design Innovation. (Article co-authored by Ed White and Giulia Fiorista)
09/15 Flourishing Times - Participation Issue. Participatory Democracy. Institute of Design Innovation. (Article co-authored by Dr Cara Broadley, Ed White and Victoria Payton)
09/15 Flourishing Times - Participation Issue. Flourishing Scotland. Institute of Design Innovation. (Article co-authored by Dr Cara Broadley, Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie and Ed White)
09/15 Flourishing Times - Participation Issue. Design Research. Institute of Design Innovation. (Article co-authored by Dr Cara Broadley, Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie and Ed White)
05/14 Scottish Leaders Forum 2014 Report. Design Innovation Approach. The Scottish Government. (Article  co-authored by by Dr Cara Broadley and Ed White)
05/14 Scottish Leaders Forum 2014 Report. Research and Engagement - The Visual Theme in Flight. The Scottish Government. (Article co-authored by Ed White and Giulia Fiorista)


SLAPS DRAWING CLUB

Every Sunday we run a drawing club at various locations in and around Glasgow. The club is open to everyone and anyone who wants to improve their drawing/observation skills. We post event details on our Facebook page, make sure to give us a like/follow for future events and updates. 

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