What is the Design Unit?

The Design Unit is a highly innovative, design-based research group with a strong track record of research-informed New Product Development, design implementation strategies and knowledge Transfer (KT) enterprise activities. Directed by Professor Guy Bingham, the Design Unit has a 30-year history of research-informed New Product Development, collaborating with a variety of industrial partners - both large and small. We have generated a portfolio of over 160 successful projects and have developed over 120 effective product design solutions.

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Our Approach

The Design Unit aims to work with our partner companies in a demonstrative approach. This approach outlines the design process and useful tools that our partners can utilise and embed within their organisations. We also provide support to partner companies through networking, access to finance, opportunities to engage in design research and product commercialisation advice.

The Design Unit Areas of expertise include:

  • Design Thinking
  • Product/Industrial Design
  • Design implementation strategies
  • Design for Manufacturing (DfM)
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Design for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
  • User Centred Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • UX design
Our Events

Our Events

Leicester Innovation Festival - 22/2/22 - Design 101 - How Prototyping Works

Our Events

Our Facilities

The Design Unit has a state-of-the-art design studio and fully equipped dedicated prototyping workshop. The design studio includes design spaces for individual and collaborative practice and a full suite of industry standard Computer Aided Design and digital design software and hardware. This includes the ability to engage with eye tracking and high-resolution 3D scanning. The Design Units dedicated prototyping workshop enables us to engage in all aspects of physical and digital prototyping and allows the creation of fully functional and high-fidelity prototypes at a commercial level. The workshop blends a full range of prototyping techniques from traditional soft model through to digital prototyping of four axis CNC milling and 3D printing. Recent investment has also allowed the creation of our electronics prototyping facility to fully support commercial level, prototype functionality of embedded electronic control systems.

Meet the team

Meet The Team

The Design Unit team has proven experience in design innovation working across a variety of different sectors and expertise in both research and project management. With a team of dedicated designers and researchers and the ability to tap into award winning facilities the Design Unit can assist in turning your product ideas into reality.

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