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Nick Dulake

Nick Dulake MA BSc

Senior Industrial Designer


I am a senior industrial designer at Design Futures and have extensive experience in production design for industry, taking many products through from concept design to production, from one-off and low volume products to mass produced goods. My consultancy experience includes designing and developing products and managing new product development (NPD) projects across consumer, medical, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and industrial sectors for diverse clients - from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to major multinationals, including brands such as Gripple, Unilever, Panasonic, Spear and Jackson and JCB.

I am research associate of Lab4Living.

  • About

    Design Futures is an industrial design consultancy that integrates creative and technical disciplines to produce highly innovative products and packaging solutions, enabling companies to invigorate their products and packaging, achieve competitive advantage in new or existing markets. As a senior member of the design team I lead, manage and participate in every part of the design and planning process.

    Whilst at design futures I have led and participated in numerous projects, working in collaboration with and independently for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s) as well as national and international companies (e.g. Gripple, Loadhog Ltd, Kenwood, Adiddas, Trulife Ltd, Rexam and Unilever).

    My work is varied and has directly impacted on clients success, for example in meeting R&D milestones, making technical recommendations, producing intellectual property and taking products to market.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Digital physical interfaces, industrial design, interaction design, heritage interaction, advanced manufacturing, HCI

  • Teaching

    Science, Technology and Arts

    Design, product and furniture

    MA and BA product and furniture design

  • Research

    • Design Futures, Art and Design Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    Data objects

    Lead Industrial Designer
    2013 - present
    meSch is a 4-year EU funded project with the goal of co-designing novel platforms for the creation of tangible exhibits at heritage sites: curators will be able to offer visitors new interactive experiences by means of material interaction with smart objects.

    Data objects
    2012 - present
    The data-objects project is a practice-based research project that asks the following question:
    Can the creation of physical artefacts, based on data extracted from complex digital information systems, change the way we read, interpret and respond to digital information?

    Christmas tangibles
    2011 - 2013
    We explore the design of technology specifically aimed at augmenting existing practices. 

    Visualising nanotechnology
    2006 - 2008
    In collaboration with designers and scientists as part of an EPSRC funded project: 'Images of nanotechnology in the media – moving from fantasy to reality'. Production of a series of four short films exploring 'everyday' nanotechnology.

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    Edinburgh Napier University, BDes (Hons) Design and Digital Arts

  • Postgraduate supervision

    The Printed Museum: 3D Printing's impact on the museum environment, practice and audience

    Crafting tangible interaction to prompt visitors’ engagement in house museums

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