Nick Devitt

Design Thinking and Social Innovation specialist

Highly experienced design thinker and innovator with 25 years worth of experience in healthcare, public service and education.

Nick started in Product Design after 4 years studying Design for Industry at Newcastle Polytechnic BA (Hon’s) where he won 2 Student RSA Design Awards. He joined the University of Northumbria in 1993 to work in the Centre for Industrial Design identifying opportunities to apply new product development technology and methodologies.

In 1996 Nick became one of the youngest Design Advisers for the newly formed Business Link, then in 1999 he founded a new multimedia design agency, Presence. Presence designed and developed web based interactive media ultimately specialising in online learning, Nick exited in 2004 to join the North East Business and Innovation Centre to set up Big Ideas! From 2005 Nick has worked with and as an associate to a number of organisations initiating and implementing service design and innovation projects in healthcare, education, public Service and FMCG.

Nick has identified opportunities and delivered product innovation and service design with amongst others, Johnson & Johnson, Reckitt Benckiser, Learn Direct, Design Council, NAC- Group, Newcastle Science City, NCFE, Local Authorities including Camden and Northumberland, Local Government Association, RNLI, Citizens Advice and 100’s of other companies since 1993.