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Mike Press

Mike Press

Chair of Design Policy at DJCAD

Tel: 01382 388819
Management Office, Matthew Building Level 5,
DJCAD, 13 Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HT


Professor Mike Press has written and researched widely on design, innovation, contemporary craft and the management of creativity, speaking at conferences worldwide. An extensive publishing record includes authorship of three books, including "The Design Agenda: a guide to successful design management" and "The Design Experience". He is also a contributor to BBC television and radio programmes on design.

He was joint director of the Home Office funded Design Against Crime research project from 1999. In January 2005 he was the subject of a profile in The Guardian regarding his views on how design can contribute to crime prevention, and in 2007 authored a major comment piece on CCTV for The Times Higher.

He was a member of the selection panel for the Design Council's Millennium Products, and has been shortlisted for the Sir Misha Black Medal for Innovation in Design Education. He is a former Chair of the European Academy of Design, and a member of the editorial board of The Design Journal.

His research and writing spans three areas: design and crime, the future of craft, and co-design. He is also an experienced supervisor and examiner of PhDs in design, and has been an advocate of practice-based approaches to design research.

REF Outputs

  • Press, Mike and Cooper, Rachel (2003) The Design Experience. Gower Press, London. ISBN 0-566-07891-0
  • Cooper, Rachel and Press, Mike (1995) The design agenda : a guide to successful design management. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester & New York. ISBN 9780471941064
  • ‘Handmade Futures: The Emerging Role of Craft Knowledge in Our Digital Culture’, in Alfoldy (ed) (2007) ‘NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts’, The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, ISBN-13: 978-0-919616-47-9

Research Projects

EPSRC/AHRC project: Safer Spaces: Communication Design for Counter Terror’ (PI) (EP/F008503/1) 2008 – 2010

The aim of the Safer Spaces project was to examine the design of an interactive counter terror communication tool with a view to reduce fear and re-engage awareness in communities in public spaces.