Co-Design and health- specifically using Co-Design for medical product development.
I initially began my studies in Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield University (UK), but quickly decided that I did not want to be an Engineer... and as such moved university to Sheffield Hallam University (UK), where I studied Product Design B.A.
After graduating, I took on paid work at a design consultancy in Sheffield, but had to leave when my contract had ended. I returned to Sheffield Hallam University to complete my M.A. in Industrial Design. I have always had an interest in medical product design, and as a direct consequence of completing my M.A. I have now embarked on a practice-based PhD looking at how co-design can be used as an effective tool in new product development.
This work is undertaken as part of the wider work done by User-centred Healthcare Design (uchd.org.uk). Since the work is practice based, I work day-to-day with design, yet in a subtly more academic context than my previous work in consultancy and freelance. I consider myself a designer, rather than academic.