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Our history

As a growing and ambitious product design company, our story began in 2003 with i4's founding Directors. The four Directors had a vision to create long-lasting business relationships that were built on mutual respect and sustainability. It proved a sound approach with over 85% of our projects derived from repeat business.

In recent years i4 has become an Employee Owned business and has grown with our clients to build a centre of excellence in Edinburgh of designers, innovators and engineers that collaborate as one team to deliver both eye-catching and beautifully engineered solutions. Through our multidisciplinary services, we add an extra dimension to our clients’ vision and strategy, using the best creative and engineering design talent to bring both new concepts and improved products to market.

We like to find new ways, better ways and efficient ways of doing things. Contact us to discover how i4 Product Design can solve your current design challenge and take your product to the next level.

 

85%

of our projects are from repeat business

200

products successfully brought to market

Vision & values

To be recognised as the multidisciplinary product design and development consultancy of choice, who aims to consistently create high quality, commercially successful products and nurture long term client relationships. As a highly-professional team, we share the same beliefs, bringing clients’ products to market through these six cornerstones:

Empathy

We understand that each and every client’s business and sector are unique. i4 is versatile in tailoring its solutions across many sectors through calm and considered design.

Passion

Ground-breaking products wouldn’t go far without passion. Whether your project challenge is complexity, originality or short lead times, our team is passionate in bringing them to life.

Best practice

By adhering and continuously improving our ISO quality system we ensure projects are delivered professionally and on-time which meet or exceeds agreed objectives.

Honesty

We’ll tell you like it is. No conjecture. No inflated project proposals. Using our vast experience, we will make honest proposals on how best to research, organise and deliver projects.

Collaboration

i4 thrives off collaborating with clients and partners. It’s what makes us tick and to nurture and grow ideas together. We can then take your business, brand and products to new and exciting places.

Innovation

Innovation is vital to set your business and product design apart from the competition. The result? We design and develop products that are elegant in function with outstanding performance.

Leadership Team

Our consulting expertise is underpinned by industry experience that offers a fine balance of design elegance and practical engineering excellence.

From concept development to project delivery, we draw on the proven expertise of our creative designers and experienced engineers who work in collaboration with your team to deliver unique and effective products.

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration"

— Thomas Edison

Brian

Brian

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Brian

Joint founder and managing director of i4 Product Design, Brian has over 25 years of experience in product development, the majority of which have been in a consultancy environment.

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Gordon

Gordon

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Gordon

In his role at i4pd, Gordon’s specialist skills in project planning and management are important when working closely with quality production manufacturers.

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Ewan

Ewan

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Ewan

Ewan’s skills lie in scoping projects, overseeing the design direction for projects and problem solving.

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Tristan

Tristan

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Tristan

Tristan likes to bring a client centred approach to business development at i4, and has extensive international experience in medical product development services.

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Marco

Marco

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Marco

Marco has an extensive track record of developing successful new products from concept through to production.

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Lisa

Lisa

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Lisa

Lisa’s excellent product research skills are fundamental to the team at i4pd and an essential part of our process.

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[If] people are made safer, more comfortable, more eager to purchase, more efficient, or just happier, the designer has succeeded.

— Henry Dreyfuss

Jonathan, Principal Designer

Jonathan, Principal Designer

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Jonathan, Principal Designer

Jonathan's conceptual and visualisation skills impressed us, not to mention his extremely detailed sketches.

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Andrew, Project Manager (ID/ Mech Eng.)

Andrew, Project Manager (ID/ Mech Eng.)

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Andrew, Project Manager (ID/ Mech Eng.)

Andrew has over 34 years’ experience as an Industrial Designer and this shows in the quality and dedication he gives to his work at i4 as one of our Project Managers.

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"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

Allan, Project Manager (Electronics & Software)

Allan, Project Manager (Electronics & Software)

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Allan, Project Manager (Electronics & Software)

With his background in product development, especially electronics and firmware, his main focus will be on projects with a significant electronics element.

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Istvan, Principal Electronics & Systems Engineer

Istvan, Principal Electronics & Systems Engineer

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Istvan, Principal Electronics & Systems Engineer

Istvan started his career as a Hardware Engineer for instrument and medical device manufacturers but soon took on more Systems level roles with a specialism in optoelectronic driven products.

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Rachael

Rachael, Project Manager/Regulatory Affairs

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Rachael, Project Manager/Regulatory Affairs

Rachael has spent the last decade in the life science industry and specialises in regulatory affairs, particularly in medical devices in the biomedical sector.

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“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all what the world needs most are dreamers that do.”

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

Looking for a new challenge?

We are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our design studio.

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