Daniel Knox

Job Role
Programme Leader, Product Design

Biography

I am passionate about product design and making functional products that will last. I have held several exciting positions over my career within different industries of design and engineering, from performance fabrics to premium electronic consumer goods to fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). This varied industry experience has put me at an advantageous position in the industry and as a lecturer it has enabled me to learn and experience a range of techniques, design methodologies and ways of working from a variety of areas and situations.

In 2014 I was offered a position at Dyson which gave me the opportunity to improve my skills in design, consumer research, prototyping, testing and design for manufacture which resulted in spending some time in Singapore preparing a product for manufacture.

I also held down a position at Unilever in the Global Technology Hub, which had a strong focus of mentoring junior designers, developing designs for mass production and putting together plans and strategies to meet Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan. 

More recently I have been lecturing Product Design (BA and BSC) at Nottingham Trent University (where I am an alumni) and also as a Visiting Lecturer at Chester University. 

Outside of work I like to run and cycle lots and adventure as much as possible with friends and family.

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Product Design

PG Cert in higher education (in progress)

Research

My interests currently lie in the future of design education. I am also interested in how sustainability is approached within the field of product design and industry.

Courses

Modules: Concept Design, Digital Fabrication, User Centred Design, Prototypes and Production 1, Ergonomics and Human Factors, Environmental Sustainability (inc Packaging), User Centred Design 2, Prototypes and Production 2, Creative Futures: Making a Living, Manufacturing and the Marketplace, Product Design Degree Project.