Set in the near future where welfare privatisation has increased, Stamper is a food bank replacement service which allows wealthier members of the population (Stampers) to sponsor people in need of food (Stampees). Stampees must complete an assessment to prove their eligibility and are then supplied with a SmartBand which monitors their health. Through the Stamper app Stampers can use the information provided by SmartBands and the Government, processed by Stamper Algorithms to decide which Stampee(s) they want to sponsor with a weekly food package. This critical design fiction consisted of an app, SmartBand, website and magazine spread which aimed to explore and challenge: the relationship between wearables and surveillance; the current state of UK welfare, its future and societal attitudes towards it and finally, the reductiveness of our data profiles and algorithmic processing of it.


  • Leia Massey