David Taylor known as Dave
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Currently undertaking PhD research focusing on design issues Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology
Professional cross disciplinary designer and creative director since 1987. Founder in 1994 of Imaginet, the first multidisciplinary (and multiple award winning) web design agency in Wales. Founder in 2014 of the first dedicated wearable technology design and development company in Wales.
Visiting Lecturer at University of Wales Newport since 1991. Teaching studio based practice to year 1, 2 and 3 undergraduate students, and specialist CPD courses at MA Level.
Current teaching interest lies in the concept of convergent media and the promotion of cross disciplinary design thinking and design theory, the blending of traditional and new media design channels and professional practice to prepare graduates for the evolving design world.
Conference Presentation: Altemeyer B, McCann J, Nugent C, Stevens K, Taylor D., Effective Communication Between Researchers and Older Users in Developing Design-led Fit For Purpose Products. International Society for Gerontechnology’s 7th World Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 27-30 May, 2010, Vancouver
Paper Presentation: Taylor, D., Developing a Visual Language to Enhance Knowledge Transfer in the Design of Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology for the Active Ageing. 5th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Rome, 2-4 Feb, 2011. Presentation of peer reviewed paper verbally and paper published in Design Principles and Practices journal.
Poster Presentation: Taylor, D., Communication of a shared language in the development of smart clothes and wearable technology for the active ageing. EPSRC ICT Pioneers Competition, 23rd March 2011, London.
Paper Presentation: Taylor, D., Bridging the methodological gaps through cross- disciplinary dialog in the design of smart clothes and wearable technology for the active ageing. Include 2011, The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen. London, RCA, 18-20 April 2011. Presentation of peer reviewed paper verbally and paper published in conference proceedings.
Facilitation of Breakfast Conference and Panel Discussion: New Routes to New Markets: The New Consumer Majority – The Active Ageing. Outdoor Trade Show, 15 July 2011. Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Poster Presentation: Taylor, D., Communication of a shared language through design: developing smart clothes and wearable technology for the active ageing.
Promoting Active and Healthy Ageing Conference 2011, 29th September 2011, All Nations Centre, Cardiff
Judge in the “Best Start Up” category of Technology Wales Awards 2003 – 2007
Presented to Her Majesty The Queen, at Buckingham Palace in 2006 at an evening reception to celebrate “The Best in British Design”.
Finalist in EPSRC PhD ICT Innovators competition, Feb 2011.
Appointed as Associate Editor for Design Principles and Practices journal, April 2011
Multiple awards for professional work, including:
Online Retail Awards 2011 – ORA Prix d’OR and category winner for Ty Mawr website.
Online Retail Awards 2011 – Category winner for Virginia Hayward Yourhamper.com website.
CiPR PRide Awards 2009 – Best website: Children’s Commissioner for Wales
New Media Age Magazine site of the week award – Virginia Hayward Hampers scoring a 95 / 100.
Good Communication Awards 2009 – Commended for IT project Innovation award for Conwy Council touchscreen project .
NMA Effectiveness Awards 2008 – Winner of Travel category for Chiltern Railways.
Communicators in Business Awards 2008 – Winner – Best website: Chiltern Railways.
Good Communication Awards 2008 – Commended for IT Project Innovation award for Herian touchscreen kiosks.
New Statesman New Media Awards 2008 – Commended for Dad.info.
Western Mail Business in Wales Awards 2007 – Best e-commerce website: DecTek.
Cardiff Design Festival 2006 – Monmouthshire Building Society and TWF Cymru included in showcase.
Good Communication Awards 2005 – Accessibility in local government for North York Moors National Park.
International Online Industry Awards 2005 – Innovation in Content Management Award for Welsh Language Board websites.
The Golden Pixil Awards 2005 – Winner – Welsh Language New Media and New Media in Educational Projects: Twf.
DTI National ICT Innovators Awards 2005 – Safe on-line transactions for All Imaginet websites and solutions.
New Statesman New Media Awards 2005 – Innovation and e-government, Meat Promotion Wales.
DTI e-Commerce Awards 2004 – E-business Start-up (Wales region), The Hitching Post.
Technology Wales Awards 2004 – Website of the year: Arriva Trains Wales.
Information Management Awards 2003 – Content management: Wales and Borders Trains.
Welsh Language Board Bilingual Design Awards 2002 – Winner – New Media Category: Portmeirion Village.
Current (Ph.D) research interest is in The Contribution of Design to the Development of Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology for the Active Ageing.
This research is grounded in cross disciplinary practice, and is investigating the issues of applying design in complex development projects spanning multiple disciplines with the intention of developing a conceptual framework to apply to the design process in the development of smart clothes and wearable technology for the active ageing and other vertical markets.
Areas of Expertise
Co-design, multidisciplinary design, design management, design leadership, graphic design, user interface design, digital publishing, design strategy.
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