Our history

As a growing and ambitious Scottish product design company, our story began in 2003 with i4's founding Directors. The four Directors had a vision to create long-lasting business relationships that were built on mutual respect and sustainability. It proved a sound approach with over 85% of our projects derived from repeat business.

In recent years i4 has grown with our clients and has been building a design centre of excellence in Edinburgh of designers, innovators and engineers that collaborate as one team to deliver eye-catching and beautifully engineered designs. Through our multidisciplinary services, we add an extra dimension to our clients’ vision and strategy, using the best creative and engineering design talent. Above all, i4 brings value to clients by enhancing products with exceptional user experience and outstanding performance.

We like to find new ways, better ways and efficient ways of doing things. Contact us to discover how i4 Product Design can take your products to the next level.

 

85%

of our projects are from repeat business

150

products successfully brought to market

Vision & values

Our clients benefit from our creativity and passion for design. As a highly-professional team, we share the same beliefs, bringing clients’ products to market through these six cornerstones:

Empathy

We understand that each and every client’s business and sector are unique. i4 is versatile in tailoring its solutions across many sectors through calm and considered design.

Passion

Ground-breaking products wouldn’t go far without passion. Whether your project challenge is complexity, originality or short lead times, our team is passionate in bringing them to life.

Best practice

By adhering and continuously improving our ISO quality system we ensure projects are delivered professionally and on-time which meet or exceeds agreed objectives.

Honesty

We’ll tell you like it is. No conjecture. No inflated project proposals. Using our vast experience, we will make honest proposals on how best to research, organise and deliver projects.

Collaboration

i4 thrives off collaborating with clients and partners. It’s what makes us tick and to nurture and grow ideas together. We can then take your business, brand and products to new and exciting places.

Innovation

Innovation is vital to set your business and product design apart from the competition. The result? We design and develop products that are elegant in function with outstanding performance.

Meet our team

Our consulting expertise is underpinned by industry experience that offers a fine balance of design elegance and practical engineering excellence.

From concept development to project delivery, we draw on the proven expertise of our highly-experienced designers and engineers who work in collaboration with your team to deliver well considered product design solutions.

Brian Combe

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Brian Combe

Joint founder and managing director of i4 Product Design, Brian has over 25 years of experience in product development, the majority of which have been in a consultancy environment.

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Gordon Miller

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Gordon Miller

In his role at i4, Gordon’s specialist skills in project planning and management are important when working closely with quality production manufacturers.

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Ewan Maxwell

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Ewan Maxwell

Ewan’s skills lie in scoping projects, overseeing the design direction for projects and problem solving.

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Jonathan Pearson

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Jonathan Pearson

Jonathan's conceptual and visualisation skills impressed us, not to mention his extremely detailed sketches.

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Andrew Chalmers

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Andrew Chalmers

Andrew has over 34 years’ experience as an Industrial Designer and this shows in the quality and dedication he gives to his work at i4 as one of our Project Managers.

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“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all what the world needs most are dreamers that do.”

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

Bjorn Hulman

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Bjorn Hulman

A product designer who often swaps his stylus for a saw to rough out some physical model that can rapidly narrow down the best mechanical or architectural direction.

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Lisa Woo

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Lisa Woo

Lisa’s excellent product research skills are fundamental to the team at i4 and an essential part of our process.

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Nick Anderson

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Nick Anderson

Nick's attention to detail and ambitious, positive manner means he always brings a smile to the table and ready to take on the next challenge.

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[If] people are made safer, more comfortable, more eager to purchase, more efficient, or just happier, the designer has succeeded.

— Henry Dreyfuss

Kristian Clezy

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Kristian Clezy

With his aeronautical engineering background, Kristian takes great pleasure in computational modelling of systems and approaching his work using a mechatronic design philosophy.

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James Mackay

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James Mackay

Jim’s position at i4 brings over 25 years of design experience from the automotive, telecoms, metrology and subsea sectors.

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Audrey Shearer

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Audrey Shearer

Audrey brings many years of valuable administration skills and experience to i4 from her time in previous roles working within a variety of SMEs and larger corporations.

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Cameron Perrie

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Cameron Perrie

In his role at i4, Cameron’s skills centre around ID and 3D Design with a strong emphasis on aesthetics and ergonomics.

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Oliver Peppe

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Oliver Peppe

Oliver is a multi-disciplinary systems engineering & enjoys project managing complex R&D projects. He is one of our PMs, responsible for delivery to the customers’ requirements, on time & in budget.

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Douglas Wood

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Douglas Wood

Whilst the youngest member of the design team at i4, Doug has already amassed significant industry experience within prosthetics and polymer based safety products. He has also had the enviable job...

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Marco Miglionico

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Marco Miglionico

Marco has an extensive track record of developing successful new products from concept through to production.

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Steven Brown

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Steven Brown

Steven has over 5 years of experience in the mechanical design engineering of injection moulded products. In that time, he has worked for large multinational tier 1 suppliers in the automotive sector

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"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

Tristan Elliott

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Tristan Elliott

Tristan likes to bring a client centred approach to business development at i4, and has extensive international experience in medical product development services.

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Looking for a new challenge?

We are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our design studio.

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