Gordon Young MA
Principal Lecturer in Design, Regional and Global Engagement Lead
I’m a Principal Lecturer in Design at Sheffield Institute of Arts, Regional and Global Engagement Lead for the Department of Art and Design, and a member of the Department Leadership Team.
I am a product designer and design researcher with an interest in critical design, design for a circular economy and extended product lifespan.
I have held the posts of Course Leader and Subject Group Leader for product design degree programmes and taught across undergraduate and postgraduate design courses. I am currently an external examiner at two UK Universities.
I have worked in design consultancy on a diverse range of projects that include industrial, commercial and consumer products. I have experience of working on consumer electrical goods, medical equipment, retail environments, structural packaging and industrial equipment.
I began my career in industrial design consultancy working on a diverse range of projects. Consulting on both industrial and commercial design, I have worked for clients that include CarnaudMetalBox, IMI Santon, HSBC and Sainsbury's. Projects include consumer electrical and electronic goods, commercial retail interiors, design for manufacture, industrial equipment, process/manufacturing plant and production tooling.
Following my commercial design career, I took an academic role at Sheffield Hallam University, teaching on the Industrial Design Innovation course and becoming the course leader. I then led the development of a new programme in Product Design and took the course leadership for a number of years. Taking a role as a Principal Lecturer, I became the recruitment lead for undergraduate courses in Art, Design, Communication and Media and latterly for the Department of Art and Design.
I am a member of the Department Leadership Team in my current role and provide professional and academic leadership in the Department of Art and Design. I have represented the department internationally and have established partnerships with institutions in China and Taiwan. As Regional and Global Engagement Lead I establish opportunities for the department, its staff and students, to engage with organisations across the UK and internationally.
I have maintained professional design practice during my academic career and have worked on commercial projects for companies such as Marks & Spencer and Gillette as well as projects in the medical sector and for an international charity. I am currently engaged in design research focused on product lifespan and the circular economy with an interest in critical and speculative design.
Specialist areas of interest
Design for a Circular Economy
BA (Hons) Product Design
Theory Supporting Practice, Professional Design Practice, MA Project
Gwilt, A., Leaver, J., Fisher, M., & Young, G. (2017). Understanding the caring practices of users. In Cooper, T., Braithwaite, N., Moreno, M., & Salvia, G. (Eds.) Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE), Nottingham Trent University, 17 June 2015 - 19 June 2015. Nottingham Trent University: http://www.plateconference.org/understanding-caring-practices-users/
Young, G. Taking good care: investigating consumer attitudes product maintenance. Proceedings of the Product Lifetimes and the Environment conference, PLATE 2017, 9 (9), 442-445. http://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-820-4-442
Young, G. (2015). Critical Care : Smartphone Care Set. http://www.ntu.ac.uk/plate_conference/exhibition/
Young, G. (2018). Critical appliance - Extending product lifespan through critical design. Presented at: Design Principles and Practices Conference, Elisava School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain, 2018