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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About David Bramston

David Bramston is Principal Lecturer (Enterprise) at the University of Lincoln UK and the leader of the MAIDE programme (MA International Design Enterprise). An MA Industrial Design graduate of Manchester Polytechnic David has created designs for companies such as Swatch, Reebok, Christian Dior and Motorola. David is the former leader of the Product Design programme at Lincoln (1993-2012) and facilitated the programmes international exhibitions at SaloneSatellite Milan 2007, 2009 & 2011, ICFF New York 2011 and at Dutch Design Week Eindhoven 2012. David has developed collaborative projects in China and the USA with exhibitions in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Changsha in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 and has assisted a range of UK manufacturers instigate a design capability. David has presented designs and worked with companies in the US, Europe and the Far East, is the author of several design books and is an international member and mentor of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). The 2nd Edition of the book ‘Idea Searching ’ (Bloomsbury) is due to be published in 2015. David currently has an exhibition in Guangzhou,  China of 100 works and is due to create an exhibition of 1000 works in 2015 to support Chinese charities and UK/CN design education. Current research concentrates on commercial upcycling and also microbial applications for design.

Department Responsibilities

As leader of the MA International Design Enterprise programme (MAIDE) the aim is to develop inter-disciplinary designs for an international market through collaborations, international exhibitions and liaison with the design community. Currently (2014/2015) the MAIDE programme is connected to design projects in Beijing, Guangzhou, Taipei, Philadelphia and Cologne and will be exhibiting design outputs from the studio in Mexico, Cologne and Beijing. David is pro-active in supporting the activities of many Chinese design institutions and regularly travels to China to deliver design workshops and conduct design research. David is also founder and responsible for the College of Arts Student Chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America and started the Sorrell Foundation National Art & Design Saturday Club within the College of Arts. David is also co-founder of the international design group mbrela and facilitates various international design activities.

Subject Specialism

Industrial Design


  • MA Industrial Design
  • BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design : Product Design
  • Cert Ed.


  • Best Innovation Award — British Council China,
  • Best Commercial Award — British Council China,
  • Best Promotion Award — British Council China,
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Author: Idea Searching AVA Publishing Material Thoughts AVA Publishing Visual Conversations AVA Publishing Chapter for Material Experiences Elsvier Publishing Currently authoring Edition 2 Idea Searching for Bloomsbury publishing London. External examiner De Montfort University External examiner University of Central Lancashire

Professional Affiliations

  • Guangzhou Institute of Technology, GZ, CHINA — Visiting Professor 2015-2018
  • International Member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (I/IDSA)