Mr Chris Whittaker

Job: Senior Lecturer and Product Design Consultant

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 257 7429




Personal profile

Director/ Design Consultant - Hoot Product Design LTD 2014 - 2018
Industrial Design Consultancy.
Clients included MBX-i (Hong Kong): Designing own brand Audio products for customers around the world including John Lewis, Argos, Dixons, Technisat (Germany)

Global Products (UAE): Designing SDA and Energy solution products for markets in China, Africa and the across the Middle east.

Freeplay Energy LTD (UK): Designing Off-Grid solutions for Emergency Aid organisations and outdoor/camping markets.

Part-time lecturer in Industrial Design - Loughborough University 2017-2018

Group Head of Design - Eurosuisse International LTD 2008 – 2014
Responsible for all the groups design activities across world markets including China, Russia, Africa and the UK.
Brands included Binatone and Freeplay Energy.

Director/ Design Consultant - Magicbox Product Design LTD 2004 - 2008 Industrial Design Consultancy
Clients included: Argos, John Lewis, Leapfrog (Baby Monitors), Ascalade Communication, Motorola (DECT contract), Rockway.

Director/ Design Consultant - Alloy LTD 1999 – 2004 Industrial Design Consultancy Clients included: BT, HP, Lake Communications & Marconi

Design Consultant - Random Product Design LTD. 1992-1999
Clients included: BT, EEV, Lightworks, GE Plastics.

Research interests/expertise

Interested in all aspects of the Industrial Design Process, Professional Practice and User Experience and how this is applied to commercial projects.

A growing interest in additive manufacturing and how specifically this will be used in mass production.


BA (Hons) Three-Dimensional Design with Engineering (Leicester Polytechnic 1989-1992)

Honours and awards

IF award – 2001 for the HP Jornada 540 (PDA)

IDEA award - 2001 for the HP Jornada 540 (PDA)

Consultancy work

Area of expertise:

Consumer product design and development.

Developing techniques to minimise the design and development time required to get a product to market.