I am a Research Fellow in the Sustainable Products and Packaging team and the Research Area Leader of the Sustainable Products and Services Research Area at the Centre for Design. I have worked as a Product Design Engineer both in Australia and Europe for almost a decade. My work has crossed a large range of industries, including design consultancies, leading commercial interior furniture manufacturers, and multinational appliance companies. The products I have designed have been both ‘small run’ and ‘mass produced’, in roles covering all stages of the design process. I have worked with a plethora of materials and processes, in both design and manufacturing environments. My more recent design work includes the Dyson DC31 handheld vacuum, the Dyson DC39 cylinder vacuum, and the Cyclone ‘Lock and Load’ Wheel Barrow. I remain in a design role as the Director of Froth Design, and continue to mentor students at various institutions. I was an Associate Editor in Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal in 2011, and present at local and global conferences, in-house industry training, industry events (i.e. Design Victoria, AIP, IESANZ, etc.) and I regularly write for the design blog core77.
Why are you interested in service design?
My work and research at the Centre primarily focuses on bringing practical experience to sustainability research projects, of which service design is a part. I aim to engage industry, policy makers and wider community sectors through research into sustainable product and service design principles. This work usually incorporates the themes of LCA, technology, marketing and strategy. The research is often achieved with both local and global partners, recent examples including collaborations in Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and more recently Antarctica.