Karl Hurn

Karl Hurn
Program Director for Industrial Design
Loughborough University

Karl Hurn is program director for industrial design at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. Graduating in industrial design in 1995, Hurn worked in consultancy before moving to Hotpoint, a division of GE Alliances, working as an industrial designer in white goods.

Becoming an academic in 2002, Hurn moved to Loughborough in 2011 to develop his research. His most recent project was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 


Karl Hurn provides industrial design educators and professionals with an insight into the development of innovative design ideation images manipulation techniques, and, highlights how these techniques can be used to improve student ideation skills and enable a broader range of professionals inside and outside creative industries.

Hurn delves into ideation workflow, the suitability and quality of the student’s form generation, as well as the perceived quality of the final design outcomes.