David is widely recognised as one of the leading industrial designers of his generation. Quietly successful he has designed a diverse range of award winning products including furniture, luggage, consumer electronics, car interiors, cameras and computer equipment.
He graduated from Northumbria University with class mate and collaborator Jony Ive. After working in London design studios, including Tangerine, he joined IDEO Product Development in San Francisco in the mid-90's as Industrial Design Director. An exciting period for design in Silicon Valley, IDEO's innovation process attracted the smartest brands from all over the world and he worked alongside some of the most influential designers of the modern era including Bill Moggridge and Naoto Fukasawa. After a period as Associate Partner to Bob Brunner at Pentagram design he founded The Division with partner Nicole Hodgkinson in 2003 and returned to London.
David has worked extensively in Japan, studying the language and developing an enduring love for the culture. Well over 70 visits later he has a unique knowledge of Japanese companies and frequently lectures, writes and consults about his experiences.
His work has been exhibited at the London Design Museum, has won major design awards in the UK, Germany, Japan and the US and his work and writing have been featured in Axis Magazine, Business Week, Blueprint, Creative Review, Nikkei BP and The Guardian as well as being interviewed on BBC radio, NHK TV Japan and CBS.