I am a multidimensional design deviant. Put simply a design consultant and product developer. As a "contemporary creative entrepreneur" I create dynamic and intricate interior print, furniture, lighting and fashion collections whilst working with external clients on a range of projects across eight design disciplines (branding, graphics, product, installation, retail, industrial, bespoke, digital). My work is conceptually led to maximise meaningful value and this is generated through a philosophy of experimentation, play and transformational thinking.
My work has been featured in 7 published books on design, 2 academic journals plus over 100 national and international newspapers, industry magazines and online blogs such as the Sunday Times, the International Herald Tribune and Design Week. I have been a guest speaker on Radio 4 Women’s hour and several times on BBC Radio Merseyside. I co- presented a “sustainability” design documentary on Brazil for the Discovery Channel Europe in 2010 and was the winning designer on BBC2 Design for Life with Philippe Starck in Sept 2009.
My work has allowed me to work and exhibit internationally and I have won a number of design awards for works commercialised through the enterprises I founded, Rethinkthings LTD and MYNE.boutique. As a published writer, researcher, academic, designer, producer and entrepreneur, I aspire to maintain physical harmony between the creative, community and commercial demands of my work. This is ultimately to inspire appreciation for the value of creative thinking in the broader pursuit of human centred progress.
Commercial Practice and profile:
Research profile and activity
Overarching research aims:
To discover the extent to which 3D printing can sustainably assist design led micro-enterprises to produce desirable & meaningful customised products.
Current research projects:
Main study - “Evaluating industrial and public engagement with a range of 3D printed artefacts and enterprise models to determine the scope for enhancing meaningful output for the retail industry”
Case study - “Towards an understanding of the economic, social and cultural benefits of product design customisation utilising 3D print”
Futurescoping - “The potential for digital communication, collaboration and customisable 3D print production channels to forge new commercial models for sustaining the future of the design industry.”
Research interests include:
Additive manufacturing, design customisation, technology and communication, systems for global product commercialisation, smart and sustainable materials, innovative applications, design democratisation, attitudes to design value, perceptions of and engagement with creative practice, the beauty of complex forms and our fascination with the impossible, divergent design practice and the digital age, meaningful design for human value systems.
3D printing, CAD, traditional craft processes, industrial production, smart materials, design pedagogy, branding, social media, sustainable design, humanistic design, enterprise, product commercialisation, IP, marketing, creative pedagogy, mutidisciplinary design.
Patent pending on new universal clamp device, for exploitation in specialist accessories markets.
Named inventor and IP owner for granted US patent on the flo standing and walking aid
Named inventor and IP owner for granted UK patent on the flo standing and walking aid
Named inventor for pending UK patent on Q’ears analogue hearing aid
Feb 2015 – Finalist – Best Concept >> Harrogate International Nursery Fair
April 2013 - Winner - Innovation prize >>Chamber of Commerce
July 2011 - Runner up - Service design education project >> Design Council
Mar 2011 - Shortlisted - Eco Home Showcase >> Ideal home show
Oct 2009 - Winner - Innovation award >>LJMU and Liverpool Vision
June 2009 - Finalist - One good chair competition >>SFC
May 2009 - Finalist - Grand ideas awards >>Shell
Nov 2008 - Winner - Design for life with Philippe Starck >>BBC
Feb 2008 - Finalist - Green Award >>Australian International Furniture Fair
Jan 2005 - Semi Finalist - Design education awards >>Audi
July 2003 - Winner - The Lighting Award >>Phillips
Sphyx 2015. Developing 3D print related prototypes to demonstrate the function of an innovative product.
BoConcept. 2010, 2011 & 2013. Workshops with end users to uncover the hidden value in high end design.
Design Initiative. 2011. Design Stars, Liverpool. Workshops to facilitate young people to “innovate”.
Design Council UK. 2011. Keeping connected, London. “Design for an aging population”.
Starck, 2010. Materials research input for the development of the Zartan chair, designed whilst resident at Starck Agency. This chair is industrially produced for the mass market, employing biodegradable eco resins.
Sony. 2010. Cultivating creativity in approaches to gaming. Staff workshop to facilitate innovative thinking.
Unilever. 2010. From start to finish, Overcoming barriers to success. Staff workshop to motivate and encourage problem solving initiative.
Design Council UK. 2010. Big Bang exhibition, Manchester. Facilitating young people to “Design out crime”.
Parry, I. 2014. Kaleidoscope, installation for communicating the values within divergent practice.
Parry, I. 2014. Making mischief, engaging timelapse of the process of digital modelling using haptic software.
Parry, I. 2014. Design Deviant, Identity design to communicate the value of divergent practice.
Parry, I. 2014. Spirollight downloadable MIY instruction kits, an "open design project" exploring the future of retail.
Parry, I., 2014. Kaleidoscope, Communicating the value of divergence: Manchester, October 2-13th 2014.
Parry, I., 2014. Mischief animation:, International Festival for Business, Liverpool, UK, July 15 – 18th 2014.
Parry, I., 2013. Spirollight: Designjunction, London Design Festival, London, UK, September 19-22 2013.
Parry, I., 2013. Home Crafting: [RE]craft, Dalslands Konst Museum, Upperud, Sweden, July 1-30th 2014.
Parry, I. 2012. Flo: Naidex independent living expo, Birmingham. May 1st-4th 2012.
Parry, I. 2012. 5ml: Home, London. January 18th-21st 2012.
Parry, I. 2011. 5ml: Tent, London. 16th-20st September 2011.
Parry, I., 2011. Reappropriated waste, Ideal Home, Earls Court, London, UK, May 15th-18th 2011.
Parry, I. 2011. 5ml: Spring fair international, Birmingham. February 12th-15th 2011.
Parry, I. 2010. 5ml: Maison et Objet, Paris. September 21st-24th 2010.
Parry, I. 2009. Design for life: 100% Design, London. September 21st-24th 2009.
Parry, I. 2008. Reuse: Australian international furniture fair, Melbourne, Australia, February 3rd-26th 2008.
Parry, I. 2004. The lighting show: Birmingham, UK, July 4th-8th 2004.
Parry, I. 2003. Designers Block: London, UK September 6th-11th, 2003.
Parry, I. 2014. Emperor, interior lighting pieces which communicate the personality of the creative mindset.
Parry, I. 2012. Palette plate, re-appropriation of recognised forms within style conscious contexts.
Parry, I., & Sutton, T. 2012. Bubble shelving, alternative aesthetic storage, commemorative of London 2012.
Parry, I. 2011. Spierre, outdoor, stackable, monocoque seating solution which offers simple adjustability.
Parry, I. 2009. Kaspa light, commercial, domestic lamp which utilises smart materials for sustainability.
Parry, I. 2009. Flo standing and walking aid, a revolutionary, carbon fibre, patent protected mobility device.
Parry, I. 2009. Spyke, outdoor drinking vessels designed to increase stability in outdoor use.
Parry, I., & Walker, L. 2013, Offsterity coin. Exhibition piece which communicates the fiscal consequence of policy.
Parry I. 2015. The opportunity of creative practice, Blackpool University, Blackpool, UK.
Parry I. 2014. Branding and realising product design ideas: Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
Parry I. 2014. Multidimensional practice and commercial potential. Hope University, Liverpool, UK.
Parry I. 2014. Divergent design, intention and impact. Salford University, Salford, UK.
Parry I. 2014. Divergent design practice and creativity, Bolton University, Bolton, UK.
Parry I. 2013. Can’t doesn’t exist: Design determination: Ravensbourne University, Ravensbourne, UK.
Parry, I. 2012. Design activity in the North of England: Made North annual conference, Liverpool, UK.
Parry I. 2012. A future curriculum for D&T: Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK.
Parry I. 2012. Creative product design: A human perspective: MMU, Manchester, UK.
Parry I. 2011. What does it take to succeed in design? Staffordshire University, Staffordshire, UK.
Parry I. 2011. Design methods: Coventry University, Coventry, UK.
Parry I. 2011. Smart concepts and application: Northumbria University, Northumbria, UK.
Parry I. 2011. What is product design? Bolton University, Bolton, UK.
Parry, I. 2011 Design trends in a tough climate: Manchester Salon, Manchester, UK.
Parry, I., & Sutton, T. 2011. Collaborative practice: Liverpool Design Festival, Liverpool, UK.
Parry, I. 2010. Make your mission work: Design council UK, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
Parry, I. 2010. Route to success: Approaches to creative practice: MMU, Manchester, UK.
Parry, I. 2010. Getting your work out: Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, Liverpool, UK.
Parry, I. 2010. Pedagogy for practice: Wirral local Authority annual D&T HOD’s conference, Wirral, UK.
Parry, I. 2010. Personal learning and thinking skills: DATA annual conference, Staffordshire, UK.
Publications (both written and featured in):
Metamorphosis, by Ilsa Parry, London: Blurb books, 2014, ISBN: 13201339087.
Star Products Designers by Irene Alegre, Harper Design, 2013, ISBN: 0062210262.
RE Craft by Redesign, Redesign, LTD edition, 2013.
The Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinsons by Lindy Ashford, The Parkinsons Creative Collective, Inc, 2013, ISBN: 0989326608.
Technology Education for Teachers by P.J. Williams, Sense Publishers, 2013, ISBN: 9789462091597.
Drawing for Product Designers by Kevin Henry, Laurence King Publishers, 2012, ISBN: 1856697436.
Its Liverpool Booklet by Aurora Media, Liverpool Vision, LTD edition, 2010.
Capture Manchester – the book, Cube Gallery Manchester, LTD edition, 2009.
GO Superlambananas by Fiona Shaw, Guy Woodland / Cities500, 2008, ISBN: 9781905547081.
Lighten Up by Redesign, Redesigndesign, 2008, ISBN: 9780955712913.
Articles (featured in):
McGlashan, A. 2014. “Intervention through Design: Encouraging a creative approach to learning in Technology”, Australasian Journal of Technology Education. Volume 1, P.42.
Stables, K. (Prof.) 2010. ‘What makes an idea be worth sharing…or maybe recycling…or maybe shredding? What do we want learners to ‘take home’?’, Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, issue 15.3.
Design Exchange Magazine Winter 2011. Issue 25 – Places and stories.
Design Exchange Magazine Autumn 2011. Issue 24 - Liverpool Design Show review.
Design Exchange Magazine Spring 2011. Issue 22 – Liverpool Design week preview.
Design Exchange Magazine Winter 2010. Issue 21 – Innovation for Designers.
Other relevant professional and employment experience
May 11 – May 2011 – Presented a TV documentary for Mixer productions in for Discovery Channel Europe on sustainable design in Brazil. Jun 06 – June 2010 - AQA - Alevel and GCSE examiner – assessing and standardising the marks awarded for the product design GCSE and the 3D design A level written paper.
Jan 08 – July 09 - Designer Philippe Starck design agency (Ubik) Paris – concept generator, product designer, cad technician, researcher and graphic artist. Nov 08 – Nov 08 - MC SAATCHI GAD Advertising agency Paris graphic communication of concepts. Oct 08 – Oct 08 - Landor Branding Agency Paris developing various brands for products to work on several platforms specifically product and print. Sep 08 – Dec 08 - Filming for BBC documentary TV series “design for life” – communicating the design process and developing human centred products to illustrate the thinking of Philippe Starck. Sept 04 – Nov 07 – Design and Technology Teacher and Head of department Calday Grange Grammar School . May 04 – Aug 04 - Liverpool Council - Peripatetic arts worker – monitoring arts programs for young people