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Specialist Subject Areas
Industrial & Product Design
Brand Form Development
Internationalisation of Curriculum
Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Member of the Chartered Society of Designers (MCSD)
BA (Hons) Design For Industry
“As a product designer, my experience is rooted in commercial industry where I have been conditioned to follow Pugh’s approach of user centred design and orientation to market needs. However, I can’t help but recognise the emerging compelling era of the designer-maker which is enabling people to become designers without the traditional schooling that is normally associated with the design process. Technology presents exciting opportunities for people to dabble and play with product ideas in an unfettered creative environment which is in contrast to the restricted creative processes of commercial industry. Flaws exist in both processes but I recognise the potential for the makers’ creative freedom to be channelled into the design process in a commercial context. However, the actual inclusion of open, creative processes within a commercial structured context may cause it to lose its unfettered creative freedom. The tension between the commercial design and the maker movements leaves me a little confused but interested in understanding exactly what the contribution is that product designers can and should make to the development of products. This leads me to ask: How can product design learn from the maker movement?”
Gareth studied Design for Industry at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle and started his career in 1993 as a freelance industrial and product designer. After running his company for a number of years and winning the prestigious Young Businessman award, he added to his extensive design experience in industry working as a product designer and later as Product Development Manager at Glasdon UK Ltd.
In 1999, after a successful career as a design manager in industry, Gareth, motivated by the desire to encourage and foster a commitment to good design in others, embraced new challenges and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Industrial and Product Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Gareth delivers key modules on the BA Industrial Design, BSc Product Design, MSc Advanced Product Design and Master of Design courses. His background in industry proves to be crucial in this respect and he strives to ensure that all courses remain focused on the needs of industry. He continues to use his established network of industry contacts in incorporating a large number of successful live commercial projects into design curricular at UWIC.
In addition to the above, Gareth’s other interests is the fostering of creativity in the teaching of design at all levels. Gareth has delivered a variety of workshops both in the UK and internationally. He has developed creativity workshops for school pupils and their art & design teachers and has also been involved in organising and delivering professional development workshops for fellow academics from other British universities. Gareth has also collaborating extensively as a consultant for the Welsh Joint Education Committee in matters relating to pedagogical creativity in design & technology for schools.
Gareth’s research and consultancy activities develop design methodologies for organisations to link consumer needs with product branding philosophy. He has delivered papers and participated in several international conferences in the field and works as a consultant with design industry.
Gareth has worked as a visiting lecturer at Korea University’s School of Art and Design and in SADI (Samsung Art and Design Institute), both in Seoul, South Korea. He has also worked as a visiting lecturer at the Malaysia Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur. It was with his work in international pedagogy that Gareth developed an interest in the Internationalisation of Curriculum and has been a participant with the Centre for International Curriculum Inquiry Network (CICIN) at Oxford-Brookes University. Gareth has delivered papers on the topic of internationalisation of curriculum and designed and delivered academic staff professional development workshops both within Cardiff Met. and at other institutions, including a recent HEA sponsored event.
Outside of university Gareth volunteers as a RoSPA Approved Advanced Motorcycle Tutor. He is an active member of South East Wales Advanced Riders whose aim is to reduce injury and death on the roads by promoting progressive smoother, smarter, safer riding.
My research investigates how design industry implements design processes. I’m particularly interested in how industry select their processes and which influencing factors motivate them to adapt and change text-book ‘best practices’. The quality of design outputs vary and can be measured in their commercial successes, or otherwise.
Principal Publications and/or Exhibitions and awards
2013 Tangney, S & Barham, G, “Social justice: a driver for change”. Global citizenship as pedagogic practice conference, Centre for Curriculum Internationalisation, Oxford.|
2012 Gareth Barham, “Reaching Beyond: Perspectives on Internationalisation: Creating an International Masters of Design”. Going Global 2012 publication, Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
2012 Gareth Barham, Dr Sue Tangney, Alison Forbes, “Engaging students in internationalisation: a project to develop cultural inclusivity across five courses”. University of Chichester Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, Enhancing Internationalisation: Supporting Curricula, Diversity and Inclusion, June 12th 2012.|
2012 Dr Sue Tangney, Gareth Barham, Alison Forbes, “Engaging students in curriculum development: a project to develop cultural inclusivity across five courses”. NUS & Higher Education Academy Student Engagement Conference, Nottingham, 12th & 13th June 2012.|
2012 Gareth Barham, “Reaching Beyond: Perspectives on Internationalisation: Creating an International Masters of Design”. Going Global: Internationalising Higher Education. British Council, London 2012.|
2011 Gareth Barham, “Creating International Masters of Design”. Visions, Spring-Summer 2011 pp 10-13, Samsung Art and Design Institute newsletter.|
2010 Gareth Barham, “Going Global”. New Design Magazine issue 85 2010 pp 34-37, DWB Associates Ltd, Warwick, UK.|
2010 – “Blood on the easel: Internationalisation at a UK art school”. Internationalisation of the curriculum conference 2010, Centre for International Curriculum Inquiry and Networking, Oxford-Brookes University.|
2010 Gareth Barham, “Effective International Education Marketing and Partnership Building”. British Council Partnership Conference, British Council, London.|
2010 Gareth Barham, “Internationalising Education, Preparing Students for Global Opportunities”. Public Lecture at the Malaysia Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.|
2009 Gareth Barham, “User Centred Digital Interface Design”. Public lecture at the British Council, Seoul, South Korea.|
2007 Gareth Barham, “User Centred Digital Interface Design”. Presentation to the Samsung Design Membership Conference, Seoul, South Korea.|
2005 Gareth Barham “How to Achieve the Impossible”. Team working and professional collaboration can design and produce an interactive prototype for an information appliance in 24-hours”. The 3rd Engineering and Product Design Education International Conference. School of Design and Media Arts at Napier University, Edinburgh. September 2005.|
2005 Steve Gill, Gareth Barham, Bethan Hewett & Gareth Loudon “How to design and prototype an information appliance in 24 Hours – Integrating product & interface design processes”. CAID&CD 2005 conference, Delft, The Netherlands 2005.|
2005 Gareth Barham, “Developing low fidelity interactive prototypes.” PAIPR, PDR, School of product and engineering design. PED & PDR Symposium on product and engineering design, June 2005.|
2005 Steve Gill, Paul Johnson, James Dale, Gareth Loudon, Bethan Hewett, Gareth Barham, “The traditional design process versus a new design methodology; a comparative case study of a rapidly designing information appliance.” Home orientated informatics and telematics IFIP WG 9.3 HOIT 2005 conference, York 2005.|
2005 – “Design and education philosophies at the University Wales Institute, Cardiff: Case studies of student projects and collaboration with UK industry.” National Centre For Product Design Research (PDR), School of Product & Engineering Design, University Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC). International Conference On Communication, Computer And Power, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. February 2005.|
2004 – “Human Orientated Product Interfaces” School of Product & Engineering Design, UWIC. PED & PDR Symposium on Product & Engineering Design, June 2004.|
Member of the Chartered Society of Designers
Enterprise Projects and/or Industrial links
2011 Samsung: Branding Form Alignment concept development for Flat-Screen TV’s.
2010 Samsung: Branding Form Alignment concept development for Notebook PC’s.
2008 Blue-Trolley: Market research and concept development for a material handling product
2007 SiteScope: Product Development for a hand-held optical measuring device
2006 Design Technology Teacher Training CPD course
2005 Architectural award trophy CAD modelling for Keith Munroe
2004 Tonic Studios: Concept Development for Igloo brand
2003 Design & build of Olympic style torch and ‘fire-breathing’ dragon sculpture for Rhondda Cynon-Taf county borough council
2002 Linpac Limited: Conceptual development for various products
2001 View System 360: Conceptual design
2000 N.T. Lab. Hair Products Ltd: CAD Development
Professional Development Workshops (designed and delivered)
February 2013 Internationalisation of Curriculum
University of Glamorgan Staff Development Workshop
February 2013 Internationalisation of Curriculum PGCE Staff Development Workshop
February 2013 Internationalisation of Curriculum Cardiff School of Sport Staff Development Workshop
February 2013 Internationalisation of Curriculum Cardiff School of Management Staff Development Workshop
October 19th 2012: Student Engagement with International Curriculum Development HEA SPONSORED SEMINAR/WORKSHOP at Cardiff Met. Facilitators: Gareth Barham, Dr Sue Tangney
June 28th 2012: Internationalisation of Curriculum II (Practical Curriculum Development) CSAD Staff Development Workshop. Facilitator: Gareth Barham
April 24th 2012: Integrating different cultural values into the curriculum Cardiff Met. Staff Development Workshop. Facilitator: Gareth Barham, CSAD Guest Presenter: Dr Kaja Shonick, City University London
November 2011 International Learning & Teaching Strategies Samsung Art & Design Institute, Seoul, South Korea Staff development workshop
March 2011 Creative Teaching, Teaching Creativity in Art & Design Malaysia Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Continual Professional Development Staff Workshop
November 2010 Global Citizenship in Art & Design Malaysia Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Continual Professional Development Staff Workshop
May 2008 Inclusivity Design Audi Design Foundation. Continual Professional Development Staff Workshop
October 2007 User-Centred Digital Interface Design Samsung Design Membership. Continual Professional Development Staff Workshop
June 2007 Creativity Techniques Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) A-Level CPD Teacher Training workshops
June 2006 Illustration Techniques Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) A-Level CPD Teacher Training workshops
June 2005 Model Making Techniques Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) A-Level CPD Teacher Training workshops
Student Workshops (designed and delivered)
November 2011 Brand Shape Development Samsung Art & Design Institute, Seoul, South Korea Guest lecture/Seminar/workshop
March 2011 Global Citizenship in Art & Design Malaysia Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Guest lecture/Seminar/workshop
March 2011 Global Citizenship in Art & Design Samsung Art & Design Institute, Seoul, South Korea Guest lecture/Seminar/workshop
October 2010 User Centred Digital Appliance Design Korea University, Seoul, South Korea Guest lecture/Seminar/workshop
November 2010 User Centred Digital Appliance Design Samsung Art & Design Institute (SADI), Seoul, South Korea Guest lecture/Seminar/workshop
March 2008 Design Creativity Maktab Duli School Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darrussalem Guest lecture/Seminar/workshop
March 2008 Design Creativity PTE Berakas school, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darrussalem Guest lecture/Seminar/workshop