THE TEAM

We are a London based, 

product design and creative engineering studio

Julian Swan (Co-founder)

Julian is the Engineering lead at The Imagination Factory, providing expertise in innovation & production engineering.

He has worked on a diverse range of products including medical devices, sports equipment, drinks packaging and ruggedised film equipment.

He graduated from Queens University Belfast with a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering and an MSc in Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering Design.

Mark Hester (Co-founder)

Mark is the Human-Centred Design lead at The Imagination Factory ensuring that all our projects are focussed on the motivations, needs and desires of the people we are designing for.

He also brings expertise in the areas of physical and digital prototyping so that ideas can be tested early and often throughout the design process.

He's a Brunel University graduate with a BSc in Industrial Design.

Roger Gray (Industrial Design Lead)

Roger has a background in science and has spent the last 18 years working both in industry and consultancy. When he is not fighting off Great White Sharks (google it!) he is our Industrial Design lead.

He graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Graduate Diploma in Industrial design and a Bachelor of Industrial Design.

Matt Candy (Technical Lead)

Matt is the technical lead on many of our projects bringing a combination of project management skills, technical design, hardware knowledge and innovative problem solving.

He also helps to make sure that everyone on the team considers the environmental impact of decisions we make throughout the design process.

Matt is a Brunel University graduate with a BSc in Industrial Design with Education.

Ben Keep (Design Engineer)

Ben has a keen interest in medical devices having designed a wearable cardiac monitor in collaboration with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust for his dissertation project.

Before joining The Imagination Factory Ben drove the Mongol Rally (UK to Mongolia), raising money for charity and donating Gravity Lights to those living off grid.

He is a Brunel University graduate with a BSc in Product Design Engineering.

Katy Brooks (Product Designer)

Katy is a keen amateur cyclist, runner and rower and has a strong interest in the design of sports and fitness products. 

Katy always loves a personal challenge and has recently sailed the North sea and cycled from the West to the East of the UK.

She graduated from Brunel University with a BA in Industrial Design and Technology.

Clare Hester (Digital Comms)

Clare is the digital communications lead at The Imagination Factory. 

With 25 years in marketing and digital communications she helps us develop crowdfunding campaigns, keep our website topped up and explain to the world what goes on through the factory doors.

She graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc in Agriculture, Marketing and Business.

Agile Network

So that we can provide you with a fantastic design service without passing on expensive overheads we have built up our Agile Development Network.

This includes experts in research, trends, patent searches/applications, Human-Centred Design training, prototyping/manufacturing, crowdfunding and much more.

The members of this network can be embedded into a project as necessary so that you get the best value for money.

Factory Fridays

We've coined a phrase in our studio - Factory Fridays. Working on our own IP each week, with the same energy and expertise we bring to client projects, has given life to ideas we've had individually and collectively over the years.

Some of these become solutions for individuals and organisations seeking the creative engineering that has emerged. And the best part is that this entrepreneurial expression in each of us, keeps the fire in our belly and provides investment opportunities and partnership initiatives for others.

We love new ideas and seeing them turn into reality is why we do what we do.

However confident you are that a product is truly innovative, it's never deemed a success until the user loves it as much as we do. That said, We can't pretend the results haven't delighted us, as we've seen our products transform lives and business operations.


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