I started my professional career as a Product Designer at London based lighting design consultancy, Isometrix, working on high end, bespoke lighting installations. Following this, I moved to work as a Design Engineer in the accessories department of Triumph Motorcycles. Having gained some valuable industry experience, I decided to pursue an interest in medical product development and following a successful bid for an AHRC studentship, returned to Sheffield in 2010 to start an MA in Industrial Design.
My MA focused on exploring and overcoming the barriers faced by sufferers of long-term chronic illness through the design of products and associated services. The catalyst for development was the voice of the individual and as such the Art and Design Research Centre officially adopted my project as part a larger NIHR funded research project called User Centred Healthcare Design. My MA resulted in the design of a new micro-inhaler and I successfully obtained a patent application on the novel delivery mechanism. During my MA, I was employed part-time within UCHD and Lab4Living as a Design Researcher alongside working as an Associate Lecturer on the Product Design course. I was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the RSA in 2012 in recognition of work undertaken on a service design project to help the organisation attract and retain more young fellows.
In July 2013 I took up the opportunity to move to London, first working briefly on a knowledge transfer project between Brunel University and Age UK, then working as a designer at the HELIX Centre – a collaboration between the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. HELIX is a design studio inside St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington offering human centred, creative solution to problems and opportunities within the hospital.
I now teach full-time on the Product and Furniture Design course at Sheffield Institute of Arts. Alongside my teaching, I remain engaged in socially responsible design practice and research and I am currently developing a proposal for a PhD. I value my position as an educator who, having built up a foundation of professional contacts regionally, nationally and internationally, is in a position to involve students in a shared process of active learning through live projects and collaborations.
Specialist areas of interest
Socially responsible design
Design and health