Heath Reed

Heath Reed MA, BA (Hons) FRSA


My professional career begun in the mid 1980’s when I held a series of work experiences in theatre, film, animation, 3D and graphic design. I subsequently worked as a self-employed designer, illustrator, model and film maker, in the UK and overseas until the early 1990's. This eventually led me to discover Industrial Design and undertake a BA (Hons) in Design Innovation as a mature student in 1996. The subject area has provided a working space where many skills and interests combine with an inventive streak. From '99 to '07 I delivered industrially faced design consultancy before undertaking a MA in Design (Sustainability) from '08 to '11.

I am a member of the Lab4Living core team.


I have been committed to the field of new product research and development in practice and have a particular interest in how design can contribute to a better ways of living, the link between design innovation and sustainable futures. How we draw together creativity, design and technology has been a prime and long standing motivation.

Prior to MA I had had become increasingly interested in how design, both commercial and academic, offers opportunities not only for problem solving but for problem setting and about its value and role in societal contexts. Since 2007 I have been working in those overlapping spaces and I continue to deliver practice and research, using a broad range of traditional and newly learned skills to help unravel sometimes diverse and conflicting subject matter.

Collaborations with Materials, Social Sciences and Humanities, Robotics, Fashion, Computing and Science institutes at Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam Universities. Working as Co-applicant, Design Lead, Co and Principal investigator, key to all successful outcomes has been an openness and willingness of project partners to engage with design as a strategic development partner, rather than a supplier, to think outside traditional disciplinary boundaries, and to get as close as possible the experiences of people living with autism, motor neuron disease, thalidomide and breast cancer, to name a few.

Ultimately, I aim to support and instigate cultural change and make further contributions to the joining up of commercial design practice with academic research, such that we conduct high quality interdisciplinary inquiry that is capable of seeding innovation and in turn converts to real world, socially valuable products. I believe these are areas that Design is well positioned to direct, support and deliver. In this way I believe that design can provide the opportunity to 'invent' as well as respond in more holistically considered ways, to bring about innovative solutions.

Three dimensional design and design practice, its role and value in multi and interdisciplinary research. Holistic design research leading to new product innovation. Sustainable design beyond material selection.


College of Business, Technology and Engineering

MA Design Programme

Product Design, Packaging Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Metalwork and Jewellery and Engineering, mentor and supervisor. Occupational Therapy student mentor

Negotiated Projects


Support4All (NIHR, i4i) Co-I

DUTE, Light Armour (HM Gov) Pi


Future Bathroom (EPSRC) Design RA

Innovage (FP7) Design Lead

Medic of the Future (DSTL) PI

Fingermarks (SBRI) Design PI

Head Up (NIHR, i4i) Co-I

Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust
Weston Park Hospital NHS Trust
Net Composites
Airbus International
Marshalls Aerospace
Ministry of Defence / DSTL
Home Office
National Institute for Health Research
Finance Birmingham
Devices for Dignity


Journal articles

Probst, H., Reed, H., Stanton, A., Simpson, R., Walters, S., Simpson, H., ... Din, O. (2023). A randomised clinical feasibility trial of a breast immobilisation device: the SuPPORT 4 All (S4A) bra. Clinical Oncology. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.clon.2023.09.008

Willox, M., Metherall, P., McCarthy, A.D., Jeays-Ward, K., Barker, N., Reed, H., & Elphick, H.E. (2021). Custom-made 3D printed masks for children using non-invasive ventilation: a comparison of 3D scanning technologies and specifications for future clinical service use, guided by patient and professional experience. Journal of medical engineering & technology, 45 (6), 457-472. http://doi.org/10.1080/03091902.2021.1921869

Probst, H., Rosbottom, K., Crank, H., Stanton, A., & Reed, H. (2020). The patient experience of radiotherapy for breast cancer: A qualitative investigation as part of the SuPPORT 4 All study. Radiography. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2020.09.011

Willox, M., Metherall, P., Jeays-Ward, K., McCarthy, A.D., Barker, N., Reed, H., & Elphick, H.E. (2020). Custom-made 3D printed masks for children using non-invasive ventilation: a feasibility study of production method and testing of outcomes in adult volunteers. Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, 44 (5), 213-223. http://doi.org/10.1080/03091902.2020.1769759

Spronson, L., Pryde, L., Reed, H., Squire, G., Stanton, A., Langley, J., ... McDermott, C. (2017). P30 - Patient involvement at every stage: design and coproduction of the Head Up neck support collar. Research Involvement and Engagement, 3 (Suppl1), 27. http://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-017-0075-x

Langley, J., Pancani, S., Kilner, K., Reed, H., Stanton, A., Heron, N., ... McDermott, C.J. (2017). A comfort assessment of existing cervical orthoses. Ergonomics, 61 (2), 329-338. http://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2017.1353137

Reed, H. (2017). Proving the proof of concept; developing new methods and knowledge to evaluate products supporting cancer therapy. Design for Health, 1 (1), 105-224. http://doi.org/10.1080/24735132.2017.1295660

Baxter, S., Reed, H., Clarke, Z., Judge, S., Heron, N., McCarthy, A., ... McDermott, C. (2016). Evaluating a novel cervical orthosis, the SheffieldSupport Snood, in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/motor neuron disease with neck weakness. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 17 (5-6), 436-442. http://doi.org/10.3109/21678421.2016.1148170

Pancani, S., Rowson, J., Tindale, W., Heron, N., Langley, J., McCarthy, A.D., ... Mazza, C. (2015). Assessment of the Sheffield Support Snood, an innovative cervical orthosis designed for people affected by neck weakness. Clinical Biomechanics, 32, 201-206. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.11.010

Cole, L.M., Selvan, A.N., Partridge, R., Reed, H., Wright, C., & Clench, M.R. (2015). Communication of medical images to diverse audiences using multimodal imaging. Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging, 1 (1). http://doi.org/10.1186/s40679-015-0012-8

Reed, H., Stanton, A., Wheat, J., Kelley, J., Davis, L., Rao, W., ... Francese, S. (2015). The Reed-Stanton press rig for the generation of reproducible fingermarks : towards a standardised methodology for fingermark research. Science & justice, 56 (1), 9-17. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2015.10.001

Reed, H., Langley, J., Stanton, A., Heron, N., Clarke, Z., Judge, S., ... McDermott, C.J. (2015). Head up ; an interdisciplinary, participatory and co-design process informing the development of a novel neck support for people living with progressive neck muscle weakness. Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, 39 (7), 404-410. http://doi.org/10.3109/03091902.2015.1088092

Burton, M., Reed, H., & Chamberlain, P. (2011). Age-related disability and bathroom use. Journal of Integrated Care, 19 (1), 37-43. http://doi.org/10.5042/jic.2011.0034

Conference papers

Reed, H., Stanton, A., & Sood, A. (2022). Dissecting the current educational pedagogy in India- using ‘Playponics’ as a probe to enable a shift from rote based to kinaesthetic learning. In Design Culture : Pink City Design Confluence 2022, Jaipur, India, 9 March 2022 - 16 March 2022. ARCH College of Design & Business: https://www.google.com/search?q=Dissecting+the+current+educational+pedagogy+in+India-+using+%E2%80%98Playponics%E2%80%99+as+a+probe+to+enable+a+shift+from+rote+based+to+kinaesthetic+learning.&rlz=1C1GCEB_enGB933GB933&oq=Dissecting+the+current+educational+pedagogy+in+India-+using+%E2%80%98Playponics%E2%80%99+as+a+probe+to+enable+a+shift+from+rote+based+to+kinaesthetic+learning.&aqs=chrome..69i57.1563j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:8da62d95,vid:pDHfnWjj2XA

Sood, A., Reed, H., & Stanton, A. (2022). Playponics in India—local hydroponics playground gardens utilising kinaesthetic learning to promote global sustainable practices. In Duarte, E., & Rosa, C. (Eds.) 10th Senses and Sensibility 2019: Lost in (G)localization, (pp. 435-443). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86596-2_31

Reed, H., Stanton, A., Sood, A., & Knowles, M. (2021). Hydroponics Playground Garden, 'Playponics'; designing integrated sustainability and STEM education through play. In Designing for Children with focus on Play and Learn conference organised by IDC IIT Bombay, Mumbai, 28 January 2021 - 30 April 2023. IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

Reed, H., Stanton, A., Sood, A., Joshi, P., & Rane, M. (2020). Contextual Studies to Understand the Problems and Needs of People Living with ALS/MND through Stakeholder Workshops in INDIA. In Christer, K., Craig, C., & Chamberlain, P. (Eds.) 6th International Conference on Design4Health, Amsterdam, 1 July 2020 - 3 April 2023 (pp. 123-131). Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University: https://research.shu.ac.uk/design4health/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/D4H2020-Proceedings-Vol-3.pdf

Willox, M., & Reed, H. (2019). CoMFORT ventilation mask project - Lessons learned from the field. In 10th UNIDCOM/IADE International Conference Senses & Sensibility 19, Lisbon, Portugal, 27 November 2019 - 29 November 2019. http://senses2019.unidcom-iade.pt/

Probst, H., Reed, H., Rosbottom, K., Stanton, A., Crank, H., Bryan-Jones, K., & Collins, K. (2018). OC-0192: The development of a device to immobilise the breast during radiotherapy: The SuPPORT 4 All project. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 127, S103-S104. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0167-8140(18)30502-4

Ghosh, A., Penders, J., Jones, P.E., & Reed, H. (2014). Experience of using a haptic interface to follow a robot without visual feedback. In Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication. Edinburgh, 25-29 August, (pp. 329-334). IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2014.6926274

Reed, H., Stanton, A., & Langley, J. (2014). Co-design and development of a specific cervical orthosis to support neck weakness due to neurological disease. Australian National MND Conference.

McDermott, C.J., Baxter, S., Reed, H., Clarke, Z., Heron, N., Langley, J., ... Shaw, P.J. (2014). The impact of neck weakness and experiences of using neck orthoses in people with motor neuron disease. In 25th International Conference on ALS/MND, Brussels, 2014 - 2014. doi:10.3109/21678421.2014.960172/029

Cole, L., Selvan, A., Wright, C., Reed, H., & Clench, M. (2014). Communication of medical images to diverse audiences using multiple imaging modalities'. In BMSS Annual Meeting 2014, Alderley Park Conference Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire, 1 April 2014 - 2 April 2014.

Ghosh, A., Alboul, L., Penders, J., Jones, P.E., & Reed, H. (2014). Following a Robot using a Haptic Interface without Visual Feedback. In Seventh International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, ACHI 2014, Barcelona, Spain, 23 March 2014 - 27 March 2014.

Jones, P.E., Ghosh, A., Penders, J., & Reed, H. (2013). Towards human technology symbiosis in the haptic mode. II International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design, 307-312. http://www.cmdconf.net/2013/makale/PDF/63.pdf

Langley, J., Reed, H., Stanton, A., McDermott, C., Heron, N., Clarke, Z., ... Shaw, P. (2012). Head-Up : co-designing novel neck orthosis for neck weakness in MND. Recent Advances in Assistive Technology and Engineering. http://www.raate.org.uk/2012/

Reed, H., Stanton, A., & Langley, J. Empathetic design research and development in practice; co-development of an innovative head and neck support for people with Motor Neurone Disease. In Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 : Open Design for E-very-thing – exploring new design purposes. Hong Kong Design Institute: http://www.cumulusassociation.org/open-design-of-e-very-thing/

Book chapters

Reed, H., & Stanton, A. (2015). Positioning creative, three dimensional design practice and understanding its role and value in university health research and development projects. In Christer, K. (Ed.) Design4Health 2015. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference in Design4Health. Sheffiled 13-16th July 2015. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University

Leitao, R., & Reed, H. (2015). Designing an intergenerational intervention to promote physical activity amongst older adults and young children. In Valkenburg, R., Dekkers, C., & Sluijs, J. (Eds.) PIN-C 2015 : reframing design. Proceedings of the 4th Participatory Innovation Conference 2015, 18-20 mei 2015. (pp. 107-115). Belgium: The Hague, University of Applied Sciences: http://sites.thehagueuniversity.com/pinc2015/program/track-2

Ghosh, A., Penders, J., Jones, P., Reed, H., & Sorranzo, A. (2015). Exploring haptic feedback for robot to human communication. In Recent Advances on Using Virtual Reality Technologies for Rehabilitation. (pp. 157-163).

Reed, H., Stanton, A., & Francese, S. (2014). Design as mediation. In Designa 2013 : interface. Proceedings. (pp. 191-208). Covilha: Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI)

Ghosh, A., Penders, J., Jones, P.E., Reed, H., & Soranzo, A. (2014). Exploring haptic feedback for robot to human communication. In Sharkey, P., Pareto, L., Broeren, J., & Rydmark, M. (Eds.) The 10th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, Proceedings. (pp. 309-312). Reading: University of Reading: http://www.icdvrat.org/2014/papers/ICDVRAT2014_SP05_Ghosh_etal.pdf

Chamberlain, P., Reed, H., Burton, M., & Mountain, G. (2011). Future bathroom: A study of user-centred design principles affecting usability, safety and satisfaction in bathrooms for people living with disabilities. In Research and development work relating to assistive technology 2010-11. (pp. 28-29). Department of Health: http://fastuk.org/pagedocuments/file/S22%20Report%202010-11%20final%20v9.pdf

Chamberlain, P., Reed, H., Burton, M., & Mountain, G. (2011). ‘Future Bathroom’, What to make? Or How to Make? Challenges in meeting sustainable needs. In Bartolo, H. (Ed.) Sustainable Intelligent manufacturing. (pp. 777-784). Portugal: IST Press: http://sim.ipleiria.pt/


Chamberlain, P., Reed, H., Burton, M., Yoxall, A., Akan, E., Can, A., ... Çakırusta, A. (2017). Inclusive bathroom design as we age. Turkey: Vitra. http://vitra.com.tr/App_Assets/Catalogs/20499/inclusive-bathroom.pdf


Stanton, A., Reed, H., & Probst, H. (2019). BRASSIERE WITH INFLATABLE BLADDER. GB20160010811 20160621. https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?DB=EPODOC&ND=5&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20191031&CC=GB&NR=2551534A&KC=A

Reed, H., Stanton, A., & Langley, J. (2015). Neck Orthosis. GB2516725 (A) ― 2015-02-04. http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?DB=worldwide.espacenet.com&II=0&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20150204&CC=GB&NR=2516725A&KC=A

Reed, H., Francese, S., Wheat, J., & Wolstenholme, R. (2014). POWDER DISCHARGE GUN. WO2014016563 (A1). http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?DB=worldwide.espacenet.com&II=0&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20140130&CC=WO&NR=2014016563A1&KC=A1

Dulake, N., Evans, R., & Reed, H. (2011). Water soluble sheet dispenser. WO2011EP54472 20110323.


Reed, H. (2018). Non-invasive ventilation mask design. https://lab4living.org.uk/projects/non-invasive-ventilation/

Reed, H. (2018). Non-invasive ventilation mask design. https://lab4living.org.uk/projects/non-invasive-ventilation/

Reed, H., Probst, H., & Stanton, A. (2018). Support 4 All Cancer therapy bra. https://lab4living.org.uk/projects/support4all/

Reed, H., Probst, H., & Stanton, A. (2018). Support 4 All Cancer therapy bra. https://lab4living.org.uk/projects/support4all/


Reed, H., Leitao, R., Heller, B., & Dearden, A. (2014). Innovage: social innovation 'iStep'. Presented at: 2014 National MND Conference

Bateman, R., & Reed, H. (2011). Sustainable intelligent manufacturing barriers and approaches. Presented at: International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing (SIM 2011), Center for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal, 2011


Probst, H. (2020). A randomised clinical feasibility trial of a breast immobilisation device: The SuPPORT 4 All (S4A) Project. Presented at: UK Imaging and Oncology Conference, Virtual, 2020

Rosbottom, K., Probst, H., Choppin, S., Bragg, C.M., Collins, K., Crank, H., ... Langley, J. (2016). Using 3D stereophotogrammetry to evaluate the stability, and positional accuracy of a breast immobilisation device. Presented at: UK Radiation Oncology Conference, Liverpool, 2016

Langley, J., Reed, H., & Stanton, A. (2014). Head Up ‘Neck Collar Comfort Assessment’. Presented at: 25th International Conference on ALS/MND, Brussels, 2014

Reed, H., Stanton, A., & Langley, J. (2014). Head Up, ‘Co-designing of novel neck orthosis for MND Patients’. Presented at: 25th International Conference on ALS/MND, Brussels, 2014

Wright, C., Reed, H., Partridge, R., Cole, L., Selvan, A., & Clench, M. (2014). Communication of multi-modal imaging:MRI, MSI, and histology. Presented at: BCISMRM, Edinburgh, 2014

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Advisor
Fine Art


Heath is a principal designer at Design Futures, a multi-disciplinary design group based at the University. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he has extensive experience in product design for industry, taking many products through from concept design to production, from one-off and low volume products to mass produced goods.

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