Richard Firth

Richard Firth

Associate Professor Richard Firth BDes (Hons) SFHEA

Programme Leader BDes(Hons) Product Design

Biography

Richard has 25 years of professional practice experience delivering multidisciplinary design contracts to national and international bodies including, British Airports Authority, Historic Scotland, Edinburgh International Science Festival, United Distillers, Levi, Babcok International, Historic Monuments Northern Ireland, The National Trust for Scotland. His scope of expertise covers, product design, exhibition design and heritage interpretation, model and set making, plus art direction and concept art for the gaming industry. Richard established his own heritage and interpretation practice (1997 -2010) delivering projects on both a national and international scale.

Richard joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2003 and has programme lead the product programme design since 2008. He has continued to develop new and existing staff mobility and students exchange agreements with educational institutions globally including, Australia, China, Europe, and Scandinavia. He has been a visiting design lecture to design institutions in China since 2008, Norway since 2009, and the Netherlands since 2012.

Richard leads an international design academic staff research workshop called 'work on the move' (established 2012), its aim is to explore and develop new design innovation methodologies. The collective has generated significant impact through its research which is disseminated through conferences and published works. Richard continues to raise the universities international profile through his work with 'Carousel' which is a 'short term' international mobility programme for student and staff exchange facilitated by six international design institutes.

Richard in an external examinier to UK based ad overseas HE product design programmes,
He is interested in using design thinking to further his research in to Dyslexia, Synaesthesia and Autism syndrome. An advocate of craft, making and drawing, Richard has published and exhibited works (through traditional publishing routes and through public engagement and widening participation workshops) on integrating traditional and digital design skills, internationalisation and improvisatory working methodologies.

Richard was very proud to have been awarded the Edinburgh Napier University NSA most inspiring tutor award in May 2015 and is currently preparing an application for PhD through published works.

Research Areas

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Play on: Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • Work on the Move: International pedagogic design research group
  • Mini Maker Fair: Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • Carousel: Short term international student mobility programme
  • Quality streets: South Yorkshire town centre urban renewal team.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Invited Jury panel member for the assessment of Masters Degree in Design certified by the French minister of Higher Education, Ecole de Design Nantes, France
  • External Examiner at the University of Derby for BA/BSc (Hons) Product design Engineering

 

Invited Speaker

  • 2nd International design week workshop, Ecole de Design Nantes, France
  • International design week: Ecole de Design, Nantes, France
  • Cumulus International Conference for Design Education Researchers Oslo
  • Department of Industrial Product Design Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. Zwolle The Netherlands.
  • University Of Oslo and Akershus University College Of Applied Science

 

Public Engagement Activity

  • Matter Mutts: Immersive virtual reality, The National Museum of Scotland
  • Exploration 15: European Researchers Night RZSS
  • Space Station: Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC)
  • The Phantom Entomologist: Edinburgh International Science Festival.
  • Making it: Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC) Edinburgh International Science Festival.
  • Zoo for Robots: Edinburgh City Arts Centre.
  • Do Not Press Undo: Edinburgh International Science Festival.
  • Wrapping The City: Edinburgh City Centre

 

Date


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Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries

Presentation / Conference
Cochrane, R., & Firth, R. (2021, June)
Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries. Paper presented at Assessment in Higher Education (AHE) Conference 2020, Manchester
This paper focuses on students’ use of a novel programme-focused feedback tool we have developed and utilised across Product Design at Edinburgh Napier University. In the cont...

Case study: Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries

Book Chapter
Cochrane, R., & Firth, R. (in press)
Case study: Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries. In L. Hunt, & . D. Chalmers (Eds.), University Teaching in Focus: A Learning-centred Approach. (2). Australia: Routledge
Cochrane, R., & Firth, R. (in press). Case study: Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries. In L. ...

Feedback Stamp

Physical Artefact
Cochrane, R., & Firth, R. Feedback Stamp

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Cochrane, R., & Firth, R. Feedback Stamp
Simple feedback stamp to provide incremental feedback on work-in-progress in the art design context.

Carousel: a study on collaboration within A small international design community of Practice and its impacts on delivering ‘one Week’ exchange experiences

Presentation / Conference
Stoltenberg, E., Firth, R., & Taks, M. (2017, September)
Carousel: a study on collaboration within A small international design community of Practice and its impacts on delivering ‘one Week’ exchange experiences. Paper presented at 19th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE 2017), Oslo, Norway
To prepare students for their future careers in a globalizing society, several large-scale higher education student and staff exchange programmes focus on international collab...

Work on the Move: mobile and nomadic working methodologies.

Conference Proceeding
Firth, R., Jennings, T., Cochrane, R., Taks, M., & Van de Graaf, P. (2016)
Work on the Move: mobile and nomadic working methodologies
‘Work on the move’ is a design, process-driven methodology, which uses multiple locations within an outdoors setting and movement between locations, all of which function as l...

Using Moving Image to Facilitate Storytelling as an Ideation Methodology and a Platform to Enhance the Integration of International Student Cohorts Within HE Product Design.

Conference Proceeding
Firth, R., & Stoltenberg, E. (2016)
Using Moving Image to Facilitate Storytelling as an Ideation Methodology and a Platform to Enhance the Integration of International Student Cohorts Within HE Product Design. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE16), (362-367
The use of moving image within HE Product Design education is increasing. Here, film is commonly used as a tool for the presentation of concepts or finished objects, as an ins...

Do not press undo

Presentation / Conference
Firth, R. (2016, November)
Do not press undo. Paper presented at 2016 IJADE conference Drawing, University of Chester
Do not press undo I believe an authentic sketchbook shows ‘the scars of ones thinking’. Not all pages need to present fully resolved solutions. I am interested in what hap...

Using an Outdoor Learning Space to Teach Sustainability and Material Processes in HE Product Design

Journal Article
Firth, R., Stoltenberg, E., & Jennings, T. (2016)
Using an Outdoor Learning Space to Teach Sustainability and Material Processes in HE Product Design. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 35(3), 327-336. https://doi.org/10.1111/jade.12109
The world is facing environmental changes that are increasingly affecting how we think about manufacturing, the consumption of products and use of resources. Within the HE pro...

Sand Casting on the Beach - Introducing Traditional Making Skills, Materials and Process through Play and Experimentation.

Presentation / Conference
Firth, R., & Stoltenberg, E. (2015, September)
Sand Casting on the Beach - Introducing Traditional Making Skills, Materials and Process through Play and Experimentation. Paper presented at 17th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION, Loughborough, UK
Within the higher education (HE) product design field, many researchers stress the importance for students to recognise and value the relationship between practical 3D object-...

Interdisciplinary methodologies in different cultures of learning: Apples and Pears?

Conference Proceeding
Macdonald, I., Firth, R., Foster, M., & Zhou, V. (2014)
Interdisciplinary methodologies in different cultures of learning: Apples and Pears?
This paper explores the reception and analysis of different methodologies in an inter-disciplinary pedagogical collaboration involving Design and Business academics and their ...

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