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David Terris

Senior Research Fellow

Nottingham School of Art & Design


David Terris joined Nottingham Trent University in September 2018 as a Senior Research Fellow in Design and helped establish the Design Matter research group, a product design and research group investigating approaches to New Product Development.

David works closely with commercial businesses, delivering new product development projects across a wide range of industries spanning; consumer electronics, medical technologies, industrial equipment, scientific equipment.

Through his engagement with the commercial sector, David fosters strong links between academia and industry which contribute to valuable knowledge exchange.

David’s research builds upon this commercial activity and seeks to better understand and potentially improve engagements between ‘product creating’ SMEs and external product design support when undertaking new product development activity.

Career overview

David graduated from De Montfort University in 2005 and has established a career as a Commercial Product Designer and Design Academic.

In 2005 David joined the Design Unit, De Montfort University’s product design and research group, as a Research Assistant. Where he worked on a wide range of commercially successful international products for companies such as Berghaus, Oxford Instruments, G4S Monitoring, BT, Rober, and Google.

David also supported the delivery of a number of regional design support programmes such as Improving Business by Design and the New Product development Centre. Helping SMEs to make better use of design within their business.

During his time at De Montfort, David taught on the BSc and BA Product Design courses and went on to take a Senior Lecturer position which allowed him to successfully straddle commercial activity and teaching.

Research areas

  1. Design Practice
  2. New Product Development
  3. Design for Manufacture
  4. Rapid Manufacturing
  5. Additive Manufacturing
  6. Consumer Product Design
  7. Design Education
  8. Design within SMEs