Dr Timothy Whitehead

Job: Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Research group(s): Design and New Product Development

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8824

E: timothy.whitehead@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.timothywhitehead.com


Personal profile

Dr Timothy Whitehead graduated from Loughborough University in 2010 with a first class BA (Hons) in Industrial Design and Technology. During his degree Timothy designed a water bottle for developing countries, which filtered and sterilised water within two minutes. This design won a number of awards including the UK Dyson Award 2010, Silver in IDSA IDEA Award, Finalist in INDEX: Design to improve life award and a Core77 Award and was featured on the BBC World Health Show and Radio 5 live. This invention and interest in the design of products for Developing Countries led Timothy to work for the Centre of Vision in the Developing World where he assisted in the design and development of spectacles for young people in India. 

Having seen first-hand the challenges faced by designers in this context Timothy embarked on a PhD within the Loughborough Design School to research factors required for creating long lasting, effective products for people living in Low Income Economies.  Timothy received his PhD in 2015, which resulted in the creation of a set of tools for designer and NGOs. During his time a researcher, Timothy continued to carry out a number of contracted design projects and taught 3D CAD to undergraduate Industrial Design students. 

In 2015, Timothy accepted a lectureship within the School of Design at De Montfort University, specialising in Digital Product Design within the Product Design group. Timothy is looking to continue to develop his research area and teach undergraduate students CAD. 

Research group affiliations

Design and New Product Development research group

Research interests/expertise

  • Product Design and New Product Development
  • Designing for the Developing World
  • Digital Design
  • Interaction and User Experience Design

Areas of teaching

  • Product Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Digital Design
  • New Product Development
  • CAD for Designers


  • PhD Industrial Design – Enhancing New Product Development in Low Income Economies
  • BA (Hons) Industrial Design and Technology 

Courses taught

  • Product Design BA (Hons)
  • Product Design BSc (Hons)
  • Digital Design BA (Hons)

Honours and awards

2013     DesRes: Best Presentation

2013     Lloyds Young Enterprise: Highly Commended

2012     DesRes: Best Poster

2012     Research that Matter: Best Poster

2011     INDEX Design Award: Highly Commended

2011     Core77 Design Award: Finalist, Highly Commended

2011     IDSA IDEA Award: Sliver

2010     James Dyson Award: UK winner

2010     Twenty First Century Clock: Finalist

2002     PTC’s International Design Award

Recent research outputs

Whitehead, T. Evans, M & Bingham, G. 2014, “A framework for design and assessment of products in developing countries”, Design Research Society 2014 Conference, Umea, Sweden, 16-19th June.

Internally funded research project information

Bridging the Technological Divide: Using 3D printing in the creation of products for Low Income Economies.