Friedemann Schaber is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Design. He has worked as an industrial designer in Europe and the Far East, which has led him to explore national differences in the use of materials, design education, government promotion and brand marketing. With his students and colleagues, he investigates the understanding of design in different societies; how it is taught; and how ideas and visual and technical information are transferred among locations and markets.
Schaber has initiated several live projects in which undergraduate Design students work within the community, including projects with 78 Derngate, The Northampton Racecourse, and Delapre Abbey.
As Senior Lecturer in Product Design, I encourage students to challenge the dynamic of functionality, desirability, the aesthetic, materials, sustainability, social contexts and ethics. These sensibilities have developed over the past decade, in part through my research and analysis of the relationship between Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) and design management – which has influenced my teaching methodologies.
These student design and community projects invigorate young people’s engagement with important areas of community life, and are built into the Design curriculum. Live projects in which undergraduate Design students work within the community include:
- 78 Derngate, which involved working with a preservation trust
- The Northampton Racecourse, working with a community grass-roots group on the local environment
- Delapre Abbey, in which students worked with a heritage community group on the design of a visitor centre
- The Sorrell Foundation’s Young Design Programme, a national partnership with local schools, in which university students work for pupils to develop design solutions in the school environment
Friedemann’s current research is concerned with particular mechanisms of knowledge transfer in relation to design management. Over a ten-year period, he and his colleagues have analysed the strengths and pitfalls of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) in the context of the global toy, games and gift markets. This decade-long project culminated in an academic book on design and technology management entitled Handbook of Research on Trends in Product Design and Development, and more than £840,000 income for the University of Northampton.
He also recently collaborated with the Sorrell Foundation and colleagues at the University of Derby as programme coordinator for two pilot projects with academies. This project subsequently led to the rebuild and regeneration of regional school campuses, and contributed to government policy on education through its ‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme.
Further, a recent project with stakeholders in India enabled the University Design programme team to foster appropriate design solutions for international communities.
His other research interests include design management, design pedagogy, and material innovation.
- Schaber, F. (2013) India matters: leather from production to co-design. In: Sugiyama, K., Kobayashi, A., Takatera, M., Zhang, J., Shiraishi, M. and Kobayashi, N. (eds.) Consilience and Innovation in Design. Tokyo: International Association of Societies of Design Research. 9784998077633. pp. 5733-5740.
- Butcher, J. and Schaber, F. (2013) Undergraduate design learning in multiple partnerships: joined up design for academies. International Journal of Technology and Design Education. 23(3), pp. 567-579. 0957-7572.
- Butcher, J. and Schaber, F. (2011) Enhancing design learning through partnerships: the case of Joinedupdesign for Academies. Networks. 13 1756-963x.
- Thomas, V., Schaber, F. and Turner, R. L. (2011) Playing with design – preparing designers for the global market. Paper presented to: 6th International Toy Research Association (ITRA) Congress: Toys and Learning in Different Cultures, Bursa, Turkey, 26-30 July 2011. (Unpublished)
- Thomas, V., Turner, R. and Schaber, F. (2011) The Toy workshop. Invited Presentation presented to: Learning Global – Fourth Learning & Teaching Conference, The University of Northampton, 11 May 2011. (Unpublished)
- Schaber, F. and Turner, R. L. (2010) Design and local development: case studies from the UK. In: 1st International Congress of Design and Innovation of Catalonia Book of Abstracts. Terrassa, Barcelona: FUNDIT Sabadell. 9788493616519. p. 43.
- Schaber, F., Thomas, V. and Turner, R. L. (2010) Designing toys, gifts and games: learning through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. In: Silva, A. and Simoes, R. (eds.) Handbook of Research on Trends in Product Design and Development: Technological and Organizational Perspectives. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global. pp. 482-498.
- Schaber, F. and Butcher, J. (2010) Joinedupdesign for Academies: enhancing design learning through complexity. Paper presented to: Design Research Society International Conference (DRS2010): Design & Complexity, Montreal, Canada, 07-09 July 2010. (Unpublished)
- Schaber, F. (2010) Socially responsible design: breadline shoes for children in India. In: Boks, W., Ion, W., McMahon, C. and Parkinson, B. (eds.) When Design Education and Design Research Meet: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Westbury: Institution of Engineering Designers. 9781904670193. pp. 352-357.
- Schaber, F. and Turner, R. L. (2009) Building employability and industrial engagement into the design curriculum. Paper presented to: International Conference on Engineering Education and Research (ICEE/ICEER 2009), Seoul, 23-28 August 2009. (Unpublished)
- Schaber, F. (2009) Creating better communities: involving design students in regeneration projects. In: Clarke, A., McMahon, C., Ion, W. and Hogarth , P. (eds.) DS 59: Proceedings of E&PDE 2009, the 11th Engineering and Product Design Education Conference – Creating a Better World. Glasgow: The Design Society. 9781904670186. pp. 514-519.
- Schaber, F. (2008) Application of geometry in industrial design: reticulated tracery on cast iron products. Paper presented to: 13th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics (13th ICGG 2008), Dresden, Germany, 4-8 August 2008. (Unpublished)
- Schaber, F. and Turner, R. L. (2008) Enhancing student learning in design: research and inquiry skills through live projects. Paper presented to: 4th Centre for Learning & Teaching in Art & Design (CLTAD) Conference, New York, USA, 3-4 April 2008. Also presented at: University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Conference, Northampton, 14 May 2008 (Unpublished)
- Thomas, V. and Schaber, F. (2008) Knowledge transfer: industry, academia, and the global gift market. Design Management Journal. 4(1)
- Schaber, F. (2008) Last works: networks of design, business and technology in the shoe and leather industry. Paper presented to: Networks of Design Conference, University College Falmouth, 3 – 6 September 2008. (Unpublished)
- Schaber, F. (2008) RE-Cocoon. Exhibit at: Re: An Exhibition of National and International Artists’ Books. University of Northampton, Avenue Gallery, 9 – 29 May 2008.
- Schaber, F., Turner, R. L. and Betts, S. (2007) From ivory tower to fantasy castle: a design case study of industrial collaboration. Paper presented to: International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE), University of Coimbra, Portugal, 3-7 September 2007. (Unpublished)
- Schaber, F. and Thomas, V. (2007) Knowledge transfer – industry, academia and the global gift market. Invited Presentation presented to: International Conference on Managing Design in Global Environments, Coex Ballroom, Seoul, Korea, 30 November 2007. (Unpublished)