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Dr Vanja Garaj

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Places emphasis on the design process in collaboration with industry


Dr Vanja Garaj is Head of Design at Brunel University London, where he also contributes to the Professional Design Studio module within the MSc Integrated Product Design programme. His teaching promotes goal-oriented experimentation, while placing emphasis on the design process and practice-based approach in collaboration with industry. He co-ordinated a number of live project briefs, across design fields, with the organisations including Cancer Research UK, NHS, Pan Macmillan, Help for Heroes, Friends of the Elderly, Corney & Barrow, Shell, Ibis and BT. Dr Garaj’s research is aimed at design, development and evaluation of innovative systems, products and services, with the focus on digital and digital-physical domains and the application of the latest technology. The current research and innovation projects include Inclusive Immersion, funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), StoryFutures, StoryFutures Academy and StoryFutures China, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and Impacting Business by Design, funded by Research England.

University Association
  • BSc in Product Design
  • PhD in Systems Engineering (Human Factors)
  • PgCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Project Manager

Ian Ferris

Ian’s 30 year career as an award-winning designer and product innovation specialist has seen him help to create commercially successful products in industries spanning consumer electronics, med-tech, housewares, bio-materials, telecoms and digital services.

He has worked as a Design...