Design Creative Of The Week: Richard Burrow [Product/Industrial/Spatial]

Design Creative Of The Week: Richard Burrow [Product/Industrial/Spatial]

The hottest new talent of the week brought to you by PSFK x Arts Thread. This week, a young designer explores creating simple products that are stripped of everything but the working essentials.

Dory Carr-Harris, PSFK
  • 5 september 2012

Foldable Sewing Machine, Richard Burrow

PSFK’s creative of the week, chosen from the ARTS THREAD graduate portfolios, is Richard Burrow. Richard graduated this year from the 3D Design program at Plymouth University and his work looks at stripping products of any superfluous details to the essentials.

Why we like Richard’s work: we appreciate Richard’s pared down approach to design and its considered simplicity.

Tea’s Maid, Richard Burrow

Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and inspirations:

I’m a product designer based in Devon, United Kingdom. I have recently graduated from Plymouth University with a BA honours degree in 3D Design: Product Design. Since completing my degree in May, I have presented my work at New Designers, as well as been awarded number one new designer of 2012 in ‘Develop 3D’.

From studying design at college level, the works of Naoto Fukusawa and Dieter Rams have hugely inspired me. In particular, many of my projects have been influenced by Rams’ ten principles of ‘good design.’ During my last two major projects at university I have been developing my personal design ethos. I believe that ‘everything is included for a reason, if there isn’t a reason, it shouldn’t be included’.

Tea’s Maid, Richard Burrow

Talk us through the pieces on your ARTS THREAD portfolio:

My foldable sewing machine and tea’s maid projects both follow my design ethos. To me, a product should only include the essential features; it should be simple and understandable, yet still look aesthetically pleasing.

The foldable sewing machine was the first project which allowed me to focus on developing my design ethos. The tea’s maid project was carried out after this, which allowed me to explore my design ethos and produce a more defined piece.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the development of the foldable sewing machine. Due to university deadlines, I was unable to complete the design of the product in order to make it useable. Now that I have completed my degree, time is being spent on refining the product with the intention of producing working prototypes. I’m thinking about starting a blog to show its progress, so maybe check out my website sometime to check how its going.

How can people get in contact with you? What work are you looking for?

View my portfolio and get in contact with me via my website: You can also drop me an email:, or tweet me @rjsb.

I’m currently looking to gain as much experience as possible through internships and graduate / junior design positions, mainly in the area of product design. I am also interested in experiencing a brand communication or development role.

Richard Burrow


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