Richard Appleby is Professor of Industrial Design in the Department of Architecture and Design at XJTLU

He graduated from the Royal College of Art, where his final work was featured at the Victoria and Albert Museum ‘Boilerhouse’ Exhibition in 1982. With further exhibitions in Europe and the Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, within the Best of Young British Design Exhibition 1984. He has established a significant profile as an industrial designer whose creative skills founded the ‘Atlantic Design’ product design studios, designing for manufacturing companies in many parts of the world.
His initial product design commissions came from Sony Tokyo for consumer music products and Sports products for the European marine industries, designing sailing and navigation products that became market leaders. Richard has also designed products in the telecoms industries BT, NEC, Psion, Maxon and many others, in Canada, USA, Europe and Korea.
As a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers in 1992, he was later invited to Eindhoven as a founding design member of the new TU/e Faculty for Industrial Design. As Design Director for the Master program he initiated many future concepts with many collegiate designers, scientists and engineers, for the ‘Intelligent Spaces’ platform.
Later as Course Leader for Product Design at the University for the Creative Arts in the UK, he introduced Product and Interaction Design and Product and Furniture Design, in collaboration with Textiles, Ceramics, Metalwork and Jewellery Design. His design research has been published in Paris, the Czech Republic, also featured within China’s Art and Design magazine ‘Designing Social Interaction and Shared Experiences’. His most recent essay “Material and Immaterial” (2019) considers different materials processes for designer’s studio practice.

At XJTLU he is UG Program Director and teaches design studio projects for both undergraduate and postgraduate design practice.
Richard Appleby
  • Qualifications

    • MDesRCA Industrial Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK
    • BA(hons) Industrial Design, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
  • Experience

    • Professor Industrial Design - Architecture and Design Department - XJTLU - 2019 - present
    • Interim Postgraduate Programme Director Industrial Design - November 2019 - present
    • Undergraduate Programme Director Industrial Design - September 2019 - present
    • Product Design Director - University for Creative Arts - Surrey - 2008-19
    • Reader at Surrey University Digital World Research Centre 2008-2011.
    • Design Director - TU/e Industrial Design Program - Eindhoven - 2001-08
    • Senior Tutor - Royal College of Art - Industrial Design - 1996-99
    • Industrial Designer - Therefore / IDEO / WebbScarlett - London - 1995-2001
    • Industrial Design Manager - Bell Northern Research - Ottawa - Canada - 1993-95
    • Atlantic Design Product Studio - Soho - London - 1985-93
  • Research interests

    • Form and Materials
    • Materials and Studio Practice
    • Furniture Design
    • Industrial Design Studio Practice
  • Proceedings

    • Appleby R. S. and Overbeeke C.J. Perceptive View, how light messages share perceptions of a remote atmosphere. 4th International conference of Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, DPPI09, conference proceedings, Compiegne University of Technology, France, October 2009, pp. 116-121 (UTC, Compiegne)
    • Appleby R. S. and Overbeeke C.J. Tangible Light Interaction, how light portrays the tangible action of things and spaces around us. In Ambient Intelligent Perspectives, First Ambient Intelligent Forum. AMIF2008, Vol 1,University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, October 2008, (IOS Press, Amsterdam) ISBN 978-1-58603-946- 2 pp.27-41
    • Baggermans, G.P.J., Ross, P.R., Appleby R. S. (2009). Experiences with tangible light interaction: project newsflash. Proceedings of the Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces 2009 - DPPI'09. (pp. 539-543). Compiegne, France.
    • K. Overbeeke, R.S. Appleby, I. Janssen Reinen, D. Vinke - 'Nine competencies, Six units - design education at TU/e - Delft University, Nederlands (2004) 2nd International Engineering and Product Design Education Conference EPDE04 - RA presented paper
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • Appleby R. S, ‘Material and Immaterial’ Chapter within Book, ‘Encompassing Research’ pub - 2019 - University for the Creative Arts
    • Appleby R. S, Xiao Li, Designing for Social interaction and Sharing Experiences - University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK. China ART & DESIGN, pages 128-130, ISS 1008-2832 / CN11-3909 – October 2013
  • Professional service activities

    • Management Leadership Team - Architecture and Design XJTLU Sept- 2019 to present
    • Course Steering Committee – Worcester University for Design Degree Programme - 2018
    • External Examiner - Goldsmiths University MA Design Innovation - 2013 - 17
    • External Examiner - Kingston College BA Art & Design - 2012 -16
    • Validation Committee – Open University - Product Design - 2014
    • External Examiner - Plymouth University Product Design & Spatial Design 2006-10
  • Teaching activities

    • IND305 - Culture and Theory (UG)
    • IND307 - Final Year Projects (UG)
    • IND311 - Professional Practice (UG)
    • IND405 - Transformative Design (PG)
    • IND402 - Industrial Design Masters (PG)
    • IND108 - Materials for Design(UG)
    • IND206 - Industry Collaboration (UG) CT
  • Professional memberships

    • Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers - 1994 - 2019
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)51281889177
  • Email
  • Address

    Department of Industrial Design
    Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
    South Campus, DB Building
    8 Chongwen Road

    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park