A graduate of The Glasgow School of Art’s Product Design programme, Iain has worked across a spread of design activity, ranging from brand direction, communication strategy and visualisation to product, service and experience design. Projects have involved both private and public sector clients including Royal London, NHS, Barnardos, Capita, Schuh, Scott & Fyfe, Cairngorm Mountain, CamRA, Scottish Enterprise and Nesta as well as working with several small start-up businesses. Iain has also presented design-led projects and related research on the wider socio-cultural impact of design, at international conferences and events, earning his PhD in 2010. He holds a lecturing post in GSA’s Design School where he is primarily involved in the delivery of postgraduate programmes in Design Innovation.



Independent Design Consultant,

Iain Reid Design

2005 - Present

Working with a variety of clients and other consultancies to develop new products, brands, services & experiences with a solution driven, user-centred design process.

Innovation Designer, 
Institute of Design Innovation at GSA

2010 - 2015

Member of the Design Innovation Studio team providing key input on several projects and the design and delivery of various stakeholder workshops such as on the successful 'Design Innovation Support' programme.

Lecturer in Design Innovation,

School of Design at GSA

2012 - Present

Lecturer / Studio Leader in GSA's post-graduate Design Innovation programmes, namely Service Design, Environmental Design, Design & Citizenship and Design & International Management.


Product Design BDes(Hons),

The Glasgow School of Art

2001 - 2005

HIghly regarded undergraduate programme in GSA's School of Design. Study included 5 month placement in The Academy of Art, Architecture & Design in Prague, Czech Republic.

Product Design & Development MSc,

Glasgow Caledonian University

2005 - 2006

Graduate programme involving a self-initiated live project with a regionally based hospitality company and modules including Design Ethics, Design Management and Design Processes.

Design for Community & Regeneration PhD,

Staffordshire University / Glasgow Caledonian University

2007 - 2010

Jointly hosted and awarded Doctorate design study between Glasgow Caledonian University and Staffordshire University looking at the wider socio-cultural impact of design through project-led action research​.

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