Duncan McKean

Duncan’s background is in Product Design which he studied at one of the UK’s top Engineering Faculties in Bristol completing 4 years of study with the highest cumulative mark in the (then) history of the course. Several of his projects have been recognised in national competitions, and his work has appeared on high-profile design industry websites. He has also held courses in Rhino 3D, creative methodologies and taught university students the digital design skills they need to be competitive product designers.

When he moved to the Netherlands in 2009 to be with his family, he set himself up as an Independent Designer. His holistic approach to design, creativity and strategy has helped him gain amazing clients such as the Global Reporting Initiative, David Lynch Foundation, Greenpeace, Elsevier and Deltafix.

He has over 10 years experience in project management and, combined with over 10 years experience in design, is very competent at managing people and bringing projects under budget and on time.

He likes his tea hot, with one sugar.

Organisations I have worked with


Designer / Art Director

Sparkwood and 21

Running a small studio providing a range of product, graphic and brand design solutions for international organisations.

Clients included Greenpeace, Elsevier, Global Reporting, David Lynch Foundation, Deltafix.

November 2009–Present
Amsterdam, NL

Design Lecturer

UWE Bristol

Teaching product design students how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Rhino 3D for one semester before moving to the Netherlands to join my family.

Bristol, UK

Design Teaching Assistant

UWE Bristol

Assisting 60 students in the model making workshop twice a week. Once weekly Design and Creativity teaching assistant for 30 design students. Twice weekly 3D CAD teaching assistant for 60 students using Rhino and Solid Edge.

Bristol, UK

Graphic / Web Designer

Barefoot Creative

Designing websites, print and marketing material for small-medium businesses.

Clifton, UK

Project Manager

Working on a variety of short-term project contracts for British Telecom, AXA, Bristol City Council, Computershare Document Services.

Bristol, UK

Say hello


“Duncan is highly creative and visionary, and goes to every end to find a solution for his clients. A true professional, his great attention to detail and follow-up, made me feel in safe, expert hands. I highly recommend him.”

Dr. Karl Birthistle, Snr. Pharmaceutical Physician

“As a product designer, he’s continually pushed out content that’s been picked up by the global design community. I would recommend him as an ambitious designer that will go the extra mile when there’s a challenge ahead of him and do it in with his own style.”

Travis Baldwin, Senior Designer