Michael Pierre Johnson Product Design BDes (Hons)

Job Title:

PhD Research Student


School of Design



Co Design Workshop with Community in Dundee
Michael Pierre Johnson

Co Design Workshop with Community in Dundee


Michael Pierre Johnson

KEHDiA PhD Studentship: Creative Cultures, the Future of Work

Supervisors: Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam, Dr. Lynn-Sayers McHattie

I am a user-centred researcher and designer experienced in ethnographic research and design strategy to inform product, interaction and service solutions. I am currently part of the Knowledge Exchange Hub Design in Action project

My work has focused on providing brand, product and service solutions focused on the user experience including: food & drink branding, social service issues such as mental health and careers advice, design as social innovator for communities and conceptual projects on the potential supportive roles of digital technology and the user-affordance of its connectivity.

I am working within the Knowledge Exchange Hub ‘Design in Action’ (KEHDiA) programme which is a Scotland-wide partnership between: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of At Andrews, University of Abertay Dundee, Edinburgh College of Art, Gray’s School of Art and the Glasgow Schoo of Art. The aim is to apply strategic design principles to support the development of innovative products, processes and services via the ‘sandpit’ method. The resulting design-led innovation will help to ensure that Scotland can maximise its capacity to operate effectively, contribute to the creative economy and compete in world markets.

I aim to investigate the impact and viability of design innovation methodologies on the organisational change that they seek to serve in order to better understand the difficulties of buy-in from many stakeholders and users.

I intend to interpret the parameters by which to critically evaluate how well designers construct and implement design innovation methodologies in accordance with organisational, professional and situational demands to inform a clearer design language that goes deeper into organisational strategy and an inclusive innovation experience that reaches a farther range of disciplines.