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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 former leader of the MAIDE programme (MA International Design Enterprise) 2012-2017. Currently much of David's practice is centred around experimental design and design idea generation in the UK & China. 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 and has held exhibitions throughout China since 2012. He has also 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 a visiting Professor of Design at the Guangzhou Institute of Technology China and also at the Guangdong Polytechnic of Industry & Commerce China. In addition david supports the curriculum development of the Tsinghua University international foundation programme in Beijing and is the programmes teaching advisor. In 2016 the second edition of the book Idea Searching for Design was published by Bloomsbury London and was co-authored with Chinese designer YeLi. Currently work is being conducted for further books due to be available in 2019. In addition to multidisciplinary design David explores the possibilities of microbiology within design and is currently working on a series of chemostat chandeliers that incorporate fluorescing microbes.

Department Responsibilities

The role of Principal Lecturer within the Lincoln School of Design connects with many activities both institutionally, locally and internationally. 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 National Art & Design Saturday Club within the College of Arts and conducts various design projects within local communities. David is also a member of the Lincoln School of Design Management Team.

Subject Specialism

Industrial Design


  • ILM 5 — University of Lincoln, 2017
  • Cert Ed. — De Montfort University, 1996
  • MA Industrial Design — Manchester Polytechnic, 1991
  • BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design : Product Design — Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1988


  • Visiting Professor of Design — Guangdong Polytechnic of Industry & Commerce ,
  • Visiting Professor of Design — Guangzhou Institute of Technology,
  • Best Application of Materials Award — British Council China,
  • Best Promotion Award — British Council China,
  • Best Innovation Award — British Council China,
  • Best Promotion Award — British Council China,
  • Best Commercialised Award — British Council China,
  • Excellent Design Award — British Council China,


Author: Idea Searching AVA Publishing 2008 Material Thoughts AVA Publishing 2009 Visual Conversations AVA Publishing 2010 Chapter for Material Experiences Elsvier Publishing 2013 Idea Searching for Design Bloomsbury publishing London 2016 External examiner MA Independent Study De Montfort University 2016 to present External examiner MA Fashion Management De Montfort University 2013 to present External examiner MA Design Management & Entrepreneurship De Montfort University 2013 to present External examiner BA Product Design University of Central Lancashire 2014 to present External examiner BA & MA Design programmes Glyndwr University 2016 to present External examiner BA 3D Design Grays School of Art, Aberdeen 2016 to present

Professional Affiliations

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