The CDI conducts research to establish the link between successful companies and their use of design; measure the efficacy of best practices to enable innovation through the use of design and creativity; and identify skill needs and training provisions to make Irish organisations globally competitive through the use of design and innovation.
The CDI creates practical tools to embed skills within small and medium-sized enterprises to help them better understand their end customer needs and translate those insights into innovative products and services.
The CDI promotes the findings from the research and case studies to highlight the value design creates in order to recruit companies to engage with Centre; drive demand within the design industry; and influence policy at a governmental level to increase national competitiveness.
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Centre for Design Innovation
ITSBIC, Institute of Technology Sligo
Tel: 071 9155496
Dr. David Tormey holds a lecturer position in the Mechanical Engineering Dept at the Institute. Having come from an engineering background, David previously worked as a senior research engineer at the Computer Integrated Manufacture Research Unit (CIMRU) at NUIG, where he worked on various Enterprise Ireland and European funded research projects in the areas of design and manufacturing support systems and Design for Environment (DFE) compliance. During his time at CIMRU, David completed a PhD that focused on addressing the problems associated with the distributed collaborative nature of the design process and possesses several peer reviewed conference and journal publications within the area. In addition to lecturing he is currently Principle Investigator for the Institute's Centre for Design Innovation (CDI) which was funded through the Enterprise Ireland Applied Research Enhancement programme, and is coordinator for the European FP7 funded µECM project with which IT Sligo are lead partners. Dr. Tormey has previously been responsible for managing a number of industry-led manufacturing and engineering design related research projects with cumulative funding of over €3 million.
Justin Knecht joined the Centre for Design Innovation from Crayola in the US where he was Senior Manager of Creative Services, responsible for global branding, packaging development, POS and Internet services. Prior to Crayola, Justin was co-founder of AOV in Philadelphia, developing over 20 award-winning websites for a range of regional, national and international clients. He has worked as a freelance designer, writer, film editor, photographer, and has spoken at a number of conferences, companies and events including SEEdesign, HOW, Hallmark Cards, DMI, Thinking Creatively Conference, Oracle, the Macromedia User Conference and the Allaire Developers Conference.
Linzi Ryan joined the Center for Design Innovation as a research PhD student after she completed a Master of Science in Product Innovation and Development in Brighton University. In 2008 she was awarded the Brighton University Student Entrepreneur Innovation Award. Prior to this she worked as product designer in a small start-up medical device company in Waterford. She has an honours degree in Industrial Design from Carlow I.T.
Toby Mole joined the Centre for Design Innovation as a research Masters student in 2010 on an FP7 pan-European industry research and development project, after working in the Irish electronics industry and as freelance identity designer and developer. He has an honours degree in electronic engineering from I.T. Sligo
Amit Gupta has worked as research and development engineer in the semiconductor industry in India, Malaysia and Singapore for five years and joined the Centre for Design Innovation as the technical lead on an FP7 pan-European industry research and development project, after moving to Ireland from India to continue his studies, recently completing a Masters in VLSI systems in the University of Limerick for which he received a Faculty of Science and Engineering scholarship.
Cristina Luminea joined the Centre for Design Innovation as a Research Masters student in 2008, after finishing her University studies both in Ireland and Romania. At the same time she had been chosen to be the Microsoft Student Partner for IT Sligo. During the last year she was part of team ParkIT who represented Ireland in the International finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2008, a global software competition involving over 100,000 students from over 100 countries.
She came to Ireland in 2006 from Romania as an Erasmus student and a year later she got a Bachelor degree in International Marketing. In 2008 she got an Honors degree in Software Development from IT Sligo and an Honors Degree in Economical-Informatics from "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu. She was also awarded the IT Sligo student of the year McDermott Creed and Martyn Prize.
In January 2009 she attended the Learning And Technology World Forum - LATWF, a major world Education Ministers conference hosted by the UK government in London.P