Peter Ford is Professor of Design at Nottingham Trent University, he leads the Design Matter design research in addition to the university’s newly formed Design Research Centre. He has been responsible for the production of numerous products for UK and overseas based companies, companies that include Google USA, Adidas, Black and Decker, Oxford Instruments, British Telecom, Guinness, G4S and many more. In particular, Professor Ford has specialised in the design and development of medical devices for BOC Ohmeda, Pfizer, 3M, Rober, Huntleigh Technology and Inspiration Healthcare, products that include blood gas analysers, Xenon gas re-breathing systems, yankauers, PSA scanners, knee replacement surgical instrumentation, haemocells and foetal doppler monitor.

The Design Matter group: helping companies use design effectively in new product development, nationally and internationally; design for the future

Professor Peter Ford

Current Research Areas & Activities

Human centred design and co-creation

The design process and design thinking

Design prototyping strategies

Specialises in

Product Design

Design Strategies

Design for Manufacture

Design for the Environment

Design for Business

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Moldflow techniques

Selected Publications

FORD, P. and TERRIS, D., 2017. NPD, design and management for SME’s. In: E. BOHEMIA, C. DE BONT and L.S. HOLM, eds., Conference proceedings of the Design Management Academy: Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections, Hong Kong, 7-9 June 2017. Vol. 1. Glasgow: The Design Society, pp. 325-341. ISBN 9781912294114

FORD, P 2016. An intimate approach to the management and integration of design knowledge for small firms. In: E. BOVA, ed., The 20th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference proceedings. Boston, MA: Design Management Institute, pp. 59-80. ISBN 9780615991528

HEADLEY, D., ALMERBATI, N., FORD, P. and TAKI, A., 2015. From research to practice: exploring 3D printing in production of architectural Mashrabiya. In: R.H. CRAWFORD and A. STEPHAN, eds., Living and learning: research for a better built environment. 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2015: proceedings. Melbourne, Victoria: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, pp. 1009-1017.

RADLOVIC, P.F.M., LEMON, M. and FORD, P. , 2013. Design for the environment in UK product design consultancies and in-house design teams: an explorative case study on current practices and opinions. The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, 6 (2), pp. 73-83. ISSN 2325-162X