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  • Peter Hugh Harrison

    Harrison Designs, Design Society Development at UJ, lecturin...

    Pretoria, South Africa

Experienced product designer, passionate about innovative product design development. In-depth technical knowledge of tooling and manufacturing processes, materials and finishes. Lecturing Ideation at INSCAPE Pretoria campus. Previously managed 3D Design at The Open Window Institute.

Work Samples

  • Plastic Design Engineering

  • Zodiac Cleaner

  • Composting Shredder

Work History

  • Junior product designer

    • Design Shop (Pty) Ltd.

    Projects: Consulting work - varied projects Duties: Developing conceptual product design and sketching Plastic - model making & prototyping Product presentation drawings, layout engineering

  • Product designer

    • Radhaus cc (Closed corporation).

    Projects: Banking terminals and hand held card readers Duties: Product design and development Plastic prototyping and batch production Engineering plastic and sheet metal parts Component design for injection moulding and RIM Management - Quoting and invoicing &time keeping Compilation of technical manuals for products produced

  • Also sub-contracted to Henk & I cc (Zodiac R&D consultants) / Owner & principle product designer

    • Index Product Design cc

    Projects: Industrial Design projects for varied markets such as pool cleaning, medical, childcare, consumer, defence, electrical and RFID electronic devices. Also contributed towards the intellectual property for company Zodiac Pool Care Europe on the following US patent numbers, US0335888, US2004021052, US2005030675, US2005028683, US2005032506 Design Awards: (1) SABS Design Institute Award 2003 - Zodiac Baracuda

  • Designer & Manager (projects, staff and studio resources)

    • Steinhobel Design Pty Ltd.
    • Sandton, South Africa
    • Jan 2010 - Jan 2011 (1 year)

    Projects: Outdoor signage, consumer products, and pool filtration system, retrospective design exhibition. Duties: Project management, studio and staff management. Sourcing prototyping services & batch production runs. Out sourcing tooling supply and manufacture. Managing client accounts.

    Business: Harrison Designs (Owner) - consulting on design & engineering of plastic products for manufacture.

    Studies: Enrolled for research based Masters studies at the University of Johannesburg. Focusing on the design and engineering of appropriate technologies using a participatory human-centred design approach with small-scale urban farmers in Soweto, Johannesburg.

    Lecturing: The Open Window Institute - Subject manager: 3D Design including lecturing & new curriculum development, course and staff management.

    Past lecturing experience: University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology, Department Mechanical Engineering, teaching and guiding students studying industrial design.

    Exhibition: Participated recently in an Alumni exhibition called 'Thinking Design' Hosted by the University of Johannesburg, at the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture gallery during September 2013


  • University of Johannesburg

    • Masters of Technology, Industrial design (Cum Laude) Urban agriculture in Soweto
    • 2014 - 2017

    Focus area; Appropriate technology (AT), Human-centred design (HCD), participatory design (PD).

  • University of Johannesburg

    • Bachelors of Technology Industrial Design
    • 2006 - 2006
  • Technikon Witwatersrand

    • National Diploma Industrial Design
    • 1987 - 1989
  • Unisa

    • History of Art 1 (part time - course) Art and Architectural Theory
    • 1986 - 1986
  • Jeppe Boys High School

    • Matriculation NSC secondary school leaving certificate
    • 1983 - 1984
  • Marist Brothers College

    • Certificate secondary school
    • 1975 - 1982



External moderator for the University of Johannesburg Bachelor of Technology students 2013 & 2014 - Department of Industrial Design, also serving on the Advisory Committee for Tshwane University of Technology - three dimensional design program. Lecturing on Ideation and related design thinking at INSCAPE Pretoria. Previously subject manager for Three dimensional design & 3D Visualization in the School of Interaction Arts at the Open Window Institute.


University of Johannesburg - Golden key nomination, by invitation. DISA Award 2005, Zodiac G4 Pool Cleaner. IDEA 2004 Silver Award, Zodiac G4 Pool Cleaner. SABS Design Award 2003, Zodiac Pool Cleaner. SABS Design Institute Award 1999 Pescador Fishing device. SABS Design Institute Award 1996, Banking Information Terminal.