MADE Company Ethos
Product Design Scotland – Michael Aldridge is a freelance consultant who established MADE Products. A consultancy focused on product development, is a naturally varied profession. Consequently, Michael has worked on a tremendously diverse range of projects. From aesthetic design for high-end audio companies; to heavy engineering for distilleries; to mass production consumer products. He has also had the privilege of working for some of Scotland’s leading design firms and individuals. With which he still maintains close ties.
This experience means that Michael has developed a keen sense on the optimal approach to understanding and tackling design challenges. It is surprising how the same methodology can be applied to the design of a space rocket as to the cover of a mobile phone. Although admittedly, one takes a little longer.
As a sole consultant, Michael can provide a one-on-one approach to the design process. He can tailor his services to suit the requirements of his customers; depending upon the product, funding, timescale and design needs.
Please see our Approach page, to view our Product Design Engineering Approach and how we might be able to help you in your product journey.
Michael Aldridge - MEng CEng IMIMechE
Company Founder and Product Design Engineer
Michael graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Product Design Engineering in 2008. Since graduating he has worked for several leading Scottish design firms and maintains a strong network of design and engineering connections.
Michael is a tenacious individual who believes in hard work and attention to detail, while maintaining a healthy work life balance. He has a passion for travel and has managed to reach all seven continents.
As a designer, Michael’s mind is never resting and even when on holiday, he cannot help but dissect how something works or why something is designed as it is. This experience helps to broaden his approach to design and expand his toolbox of engineering solutions.
Dora Hetherington - BA(Hons) MDes
Head of Product Development
Dora graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Textile Design. Since graduating, Dora has spent several years in industry; during which time she worked for award-winning companies as a designer, brand development manager and project coordinator.
Within MADE, Dora’s primary focus is internal IP generation, product development and bringing the product to market.
A key focus of the products developed at MADE will be a quality crafted product that people will want to treasure throughout its life cycle. Customer service is paramount, and the sustainability and environmental impact of the product is crucially considered at all stages.
References & Awards
Young Design Engineer of the Year 2012 Award - BEEA
“I am proud to say that I have been awarded Young Design Engineer of the Year 2012 at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs). I was nominated for the award along with candidates from across the United Kingdom.
The award was given based upon my work at a design engineering consultancy. Work which includes an innovative electric bike design and a vaccine bottling machine.”
You can read more about it here.