Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

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Mark Evans

Dr Mark Evans

Reader in Industrial Design

Tel +44 (0)1509 222656

Location LDS 1.03

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Mark Evans is Reader in Industrial Design and leader of the Design Practice Research Group. Research interests are in in design methods, digital tools and practice-based research. He has bachelors, masters and PhD qualifications in industrial design and prior to joining the University was employed as the in-house industrial designer for Norgren Martonair, Atco Qualcast Garden Products (now Bosch Garden Tools) and as a consultant for Renfrew Associates.

On joining Loughborough University, professional practice continued through consultancy for Loughborough Consultants; working for clients that include British Airways, Unilever, British Gas, Honda, Pilkington Optronics and Boots. In 2002 he received a PhD for research into "The integration of rapid prototyping within industrial design practice" in which researcher practice was employed to design four consumer products to support data collection.

Post doctoral research includes an invitation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to spend six months as an international scholar (funded by the AHRC and MIT) exploring the development of advanced tools for design modelling. Professional practice and research activity has contributed to the management of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships that established in-house industrial design capability for companies specialising in high technology production process development and overseas manufacturing.

Teaching activity is in the area of industrial design practice and use of design tools, with a specific interest in sketching and form-giving. Current research focuses on the use of digital tools to support sketching/sketch modelling and in 2009 Hewlett Packard USA funded a three year project to explore the potential for an entirely digital strategy for industrial design practice.

Extensive links have been developed with educators in the USA through visiting lectureships (Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); Pratt Institute; and Wentworth Institute of Technology) and regular contributions at the annual Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Conferences.

PhD supervision and examination is on-going, with current responsibility for four full-time students. External examiner appointments have been held for four undergraduate and two masters’ programmes. After thirteen years as Admissions Tutor for the Department of Design and Technology he became Programme Leader for the BA in Industrial Design and Technology in 2010.

Professional membership includes the Industrial Designers Society of America; Design Research Society; and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).



Leader of the Design Practice Research Group with interest in design methods, digital tools and practice-based research.

Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College.

A background in and passion for professional industrial design practice has had a significant impact on research activity, with external funding being received for the development of methods/tools and introduction of industrial design capability within commercial organisations.

External sources of funding for academic research (excluding industrial design consultancy) have been received from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Arts and Humanities Research Council; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Research Councils UK; Hewlett Packard USA; and Royal Academy of Engineering.

Research activity and professional practice has resulted in over 90 publications.

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