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Dr Matt Sinclair

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Programme Director for Industrial Design & Technology

Dr. Matt Sinclair received his first degree from Loughborough University, and after graduating from the Royal College of Art with a Masters Degree in Industrial Design Engineering he joined the renowned Nokia Design group in 1995.  Matt moved to Helsinki in 2001, taking the role of Category Design Specialist for Nokia's Sports category products, where he managed the category’s branding and design language as well as its long-term vision. In 2003 he left Nokia to found Matt Sinclair Design, a consultancy with studios in Helsinki and Derby. The company specialises in the development of product and brand experiences in the fields of consumer and professional electronics, producing award winning work for brands such as Benefon, EADS, Nokia, Siemens and Ulysse Nardin.

Matt began working at Loughboroughafter completing his PhD – The Specification of a Consumer Design Toolkit to Support Personalised Production via Additive Manufacturing -  in 2012. He regularly speaks on the subjects of 3D Printing and the changing relationship between designer and consumer at events such as Dutch Design Week (2012) and the Product Design Innovation Conference (2012 and 2013). He is manager of the Post-Industrial Design group on LinkedIn, established as a forum for discussing the evolution of industrial design in relation to digital manufacturing technologies.

Matt has been a visiting tutor on Masters degree courses at the Royal College of Art, Central St. Martins and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, a guest lecturer at Umeå Institute of Design (Sweden) and Tecnológico Monterrey (Mexico), and is a thesis advisor at Aalto University (Finland) and Savannah College of Art and Design (USA).

DSB014 Design Communications (Module Leader)

DSB009 Industrial Design Studies 2

DSB022 User Experience Design

DSB031 The Global Studio

Dr. Matt Sinclair is a member of the recently established Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group ‎in the Design School.  This new group ‎explores the effective application of design ‎technologies in digital design and fabrication; ‎such as advanced CAD, 3D ‎scanning, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (AM). Areas of interest ‎include ‎advanced CAD, design for 3D Printing, design rules for AM, the impact and ‎application of low ‎cost technologies, medical applications, AM textures and textiles, ‎Rapid Prototyping and AM in art, crafts ‎and archaeology. The group is aligned with ‎and contributes to the University’s world-leading Additive ‎Manufacturing Research ‎Group.‎

Matt is an early career academic, having joined Loughborough Design School at the end of 2012. His research investigates how digital fabrication technologies will impact the professional industrial designer's role, and more specifically, the increasing involvement of the consumer in the design process and the ways that brands might enable the individual design of unique products. He was involved in the establishment of the DReAM lab within the Design School, dedicated to research of entry level 3D Printers, having been awarded an EPSRC equipment grant for a (Selective Heat Sintering) Blueprinter - the first machine installed in the UK. He currently supervises five PhD students, three of whose work investigates the consumer’s relationship with additive manufacturing technologies.

  • Sinclair, M. and Campbell, R.I. (2014) A Classification of Consumer Involvement in New Product Development, Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2014, 15-19 June, Umeå, Sweden.

  • Sinclair, M. (2013), Connoisseurship as a substitute for user research? The case of the Swiss watch industry, Proceedings of the International Conference 2013 of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge, 04-05 July, Loughborough University.

  • Sinclair, M. and Hughes, B. (2010), Next stages in automated craft: The integration of rapid manufacture technologies into craft and DIY applications, 2010 Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Conference: DIY Design, 04-07 Aug, Portland, Oregon.

  • Sinclair, M. and Campbell, R.I. (2009), From configuration to design: capturing the intent of user-designers, Proceedings of the 2009 World Conference on Mass Customization and Personalisation, 04- 08 Nov, Helsinki, Finland.

Key areas of expertise: industrial design; consumer involvement in the design process; personalisation of products through Additive Manufacturing; UX design of mass customisation toolkits; emerging and future design processes; design language and branding of personalised products.