“I believe in failing fast, to make quick progress – it’s vital to have a really thorough understanding of the assumptions you have made, and then to test these assumptions as soon as possible. Early prototyping to obtain user feedback either uncovers unexpected issues – or provides the reassurance to power ahead with the design you’ve created.”
Next in our Hang out with Haughton series, we chat to Senior Design Development Engineer, John. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Product Design as well as certificates in Project Management and UX Design, John is an advocate of user-centred design and finding innovative solutions within regulated fields. John has over a decade of experience within the medical device industry from working as a Design & Development Consultant helping companies to develop innovative medical and consumer devices, to head of Industrial Design at a company developing imaging equipment for early detection of breast cancer.
How does the diverse range of projects, clients and sectors at HD suit you?
Although the projects that we work on are diverse and pose their own unique set of problems, our problem-solving techniques are transferable and allow us to hit the ground running, even if it is a brand-new technology that we are developing.
How do you work cross-functionally with the team and associated consultants at HD?
Knowing your teammates’ strengths is a strong start. This will allow you to assign the best person suited to a particular task. From there it is all about high quality and regular communication.
What processes do you follow to catch any mistakes in your work?
I believe in failing fast: have a really thorough understanding of the assumptions you have made and test these assumptions at the earliest chance possible, usually through prototyping.
What has been your personal favourite project to date at HD and why?
We worked on a phase zero medical implant. The challenging nature of the problem forced us to think way outside of the box. The project also gave us the chance to explore fascinating materials such as shape-memory alloys.