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Gordon Brand

Associate Lecturer

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


Gordon has never been able to escape the creative culture of Solent, a student here in the early 90’s he was then invited back to join the product design team as an Associate Lecturer a few years later.

An alumnus of Central Saint Martin’s College, London – Gordon has taught product design, as well as working on various consultancy projects across a range of challenging contexts. This variety has enabled Gordon to build an extensive portfolio of design knowledge, and helped to contextualise both his design philosophy and approaches to design thinking.

To the design table Gordon brings a unique mind that thrives on design thinking. He believes challenging convention is the only way to break new ground and achieve new outcomes. To education Gordon brings a wide-ranging knowledge and experience of the design industry, an affable personality, but also a way of looking at things in a slightly divergent way that will get you thinking and bring out the best in you and allow you to stand on the perimeter of the design circle and look out to a wider perspective than that of its narrow-focussed centre.

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Industry experience

Gordon has his own design consultancy, and designs for both corporate clients as well as sole inventors. His design competence spans both ‘product’ design as well as ‘industrial’ design having worked on projects for clients such as Jaguar Land Rover Ltd, Over Finch, Hanman’s Advanced Casting, Backbliss Ltd, Ent-ice Innovations (the ‘Bomber Cup’) as well as being an advisor within Innovate UK to name but a few. He enjoys the mix of technical but also the psychological influences design can achieve and as to how design thinking can be the basis of just about everything.

Teaching experience

Gordon has been involved with Solent for over 21 years covering various degree courses including Design Studies, Graphic Design and Interior Design, he has also been an active contributor in the writing and development of an industrial design degree course for Deakin University, Melbourne. This also spawned the publication of an academic paper called ‘Mining the Gap!’ based on the teaching of creativity.

Gordon's recent publications include...

Mining the Gap! Fostering Creativity and Innovative Thinking

Gordon Brand – Lesley Hendy -Rachel Harrison