David Weightman

David Weightman, IDSA
Design Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

David Weightman graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 1970 with a master’s in industrial design engineering. His career has been a combination of working in higher education and later in senior administrative positions in research and consultancy activities.  Until recently he was the director of the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he continues as a senior faculty member in the industrial design program.  Before that he was the dean of the School of Art + Design at Staffordshire University in the U.K. Weightman has been a consultant to companies such as Yamaha, Massey Ferguson, British Rail, BBC television, the Tate Gallery and even a burrow for Jonathan Millers Alice in Wonderland movie. His current research is in the relationship between product users and the design and manufacturing process, particularly the new relationships enabled by digital technology.