About

Design Partners is a strategic product & interaction design consultancy. For over 30 years we have been designing global best-selling and award-winning product experiences for our clients. We use design to drive business by creating meaningful connections between people, experiences and brands. Specialising in Consumer, Healthcare and Professional design, our strategic outlook and exceptional ability to execute creates beautiful and innovative solutions that fuel our clients' success. Our mission is to work with ambitious clients who believe design is central to driving growth and innovation.

 
 

Leadership

History

For over 30 years we have been working with fantastic clients, designing best selling and award winning experiences together. Here are some of our milestones.

Timeline
 
1984

Founded

Design Partners founded in Fassaroe House. Creates new range of large appliances for European market for Frigidaire.

 
1986

Design for the Home

Began a 30+ years strategic relationship with Hanson & Terraillon brands, designing products and experiences for the home and for the health and well-being category.

 
1994

Strategic Relationships

Began 25+ years strategic relationship with Logitech, collaborating across multiple product categories to innovate and to humanise technology.

 
1995

Best of the Best

Design Partners wins Best of Red Dot Design Award for the Logitech Trackman Live - a category defining product.

 
1996

HIV Rapid Testing Kit

Designed Uni-Gold HIV Test Unit with Trinity Biotech. With millions of units made and still in production, the point-of-care test consists of high-quality immunoassays to aid in the diagnosis of HIV, STDs, respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases.

 
1998

Longevity in Design

Designed Party Grill for Campingaz brand that is still in production today, 20 years later. A winner of multiple awards including the Design Week, I.D. Annual Review, Good Design & Glen Dimplex Product Design Award.

 
1999

User Experience Design

Collaborating with Welch Allyn on improving healthcare professional products from emergency defibrillators to pocket tools for GPs.

 
2002

Best Selling for Over a Decade

Design of the the MX518 - best selling gaming mouse for over a decade.

 
2003

Le Creuset in MoMa

Design of the Screwpull flagship range, now sold in the MoMa store - a landmark product that continues to sell. We are delighted that MoMa have recognised the beauty in what we have achieved.

 
2004

Smartphone Product of the Year

The Handspring Treo - the world's best-selling smartphone, complete with camera, mp3 player, and internet access. Voted I-D Magazine Product of the year

 
2005

Gesture Control at MoMa

Design of the revolutionary physical and digital experience for the MXAir Gesture Control device, winner of multiple international awards and exhibited in New York's Museum of Modern Art.

 
2006

World's First Instant-On Laptop

Design of the Palm Foleo - A revolutionary idea that spawned the tablet generation.

 
2006

Renewable Power

Design of the world's first rechargeable peripherals.

 
2007

Smart Health

Innovating in healthcare with patented design for smart medication reminders.

 
2007

Gaming Domination

Reinvigorates the G-Series brand, which includes designing the world's best selling gaming keyboard and world's best selling gaming headset.

 
2008

Fashion Meets Technology

A pioneering step towards humanising technology - the iPad Folio - as much a fashion accessory as a tool for productivity.

 
2008

One Billion

More than one billion people have put their hands on peripherals we designed.

 
2009

Masters of Light

Established a new mark-of-excellence for Corning's Optical Cables.

 
2009

The Smart Home

Working with Nest on their flagship, category-defining, first product - the Nest Learning Thermostat.

 
2010

Fashion, Colour & Millenials

Our trend research helped Logitech triple their peripheral business by introducing colour, vibrancy and personality into their core line-up.

 
2010

Redefining the iPad

Design Partners pro-active design approach helps to redefine the iPad as a productivity tool.

 
2011

Lifetime Achievement

Brian recieves the IDI Lifetime Achievement Award.

 
2011

Defining New Categories

Calor defines a new category in the barbecue industry with their family oriented offering.

 
2012

Wallpaper Magazine

The History Chair, by Cathal Loughnane, Peter Sheehan and W/Workshop, selected for Wallpaper's prestigious Handmade exhibition in Milan, during Salone Internazionale del Mobile.

 
2012

Connected Living

Design Partners wins multiple awards for connected health and connected home products in collaboration with our Clients Healthbeacon and Silvair and Terraillon.

 
2012

Wearable Tech

Controversial launch of Bemo the social media, wearable camera - sparking important converstaions of privacy and sharing.

 
2013

Global Gaming

Design Partners collaborate with Logitech G to refresh their entire brand and product range, creating best-sellers in Gaming Headsets, Mice and Keyboards.

 
2013

Optimising the Earth's Resources

Collaboration with Tomra to redesign and optimise their entire machine user interfaces for sorting machinery. IDSA award winner in Digital Design.

 
2014

Most Awarded

Design Partners ranked in the Top Ten Design Offices for iF awards worldwide.

 
2014

New Studio Opens

A custom-built, state of the art studio and prototyping facility. Designed to reflect our culture and optimise our creativity.

 
2015

ISO 13485 Certified

Our Healthcare Team become ISO-13485 certified. The team believe in addressing medical needs in a way that is empowering and empathic to patients and caregivers.

 
2015

Year of Irish Design

Design Partners exhibits alongside other incredible designers, creators and makers in Milan, New York, Eindhoven and Dublin. #ID2015

 
2015

Best Selling in the World

Design Partners collaborate with Logitech G to create the G502 - the best selling gaming mouse in the world.

 
2016

TIME Best Inventions

Arc Devices chosen as one of TIME Magazine's best inventions of 2016.

 
2017

Design with Global Impact

Design Partners collaboration with Arc Devices, Tomra and Logitech G selected for exhibit celebrating design with global impact.

Explore
our timeline
  • Samsung
  • Hollister
  • Huawei
  • Panasonic
  • Medtronic
  • Logitech
  • ResMed
  • Honeywell
  • Google
  • Abbott
  • HP
  • Philips
  • WelchAllyn
  • Silvair
  • Corning
  • Harman
  • Tomra
  • UE
  • Alienware
  • Philip Morris
  • SCJohnson
  • An Post
  • Dell
  • Terraillon

Awards

The product experiences we create for our clients receives regular industry recognition. See below a selection of prestigious design and innovation awards that we are proud to have won.

2015 iF AwardCricut Explore 2015 iF AwardLogitech M280/M320 2015 Red DotResMed S+ 2015 Red DotG910 Orion Spark 2015 Red DotLogitech M280/M320 2015 IDAG402 Hyperion Fury 2015 IDAG302 Daedalus Prime 2015 IDAG910 Orion Spark 2015 3 CES Innovation HonoreesLogitech G Portfolio 2014 Janus de l’industrieTerraillon Web Coach Pop 2014 Good Design AwardCricut Explore 2014 Good Design AwardResMed S+ 2014 Good Design AwardSpaceMouse Wireless 2014 Good Design AwardIlluminated Living Room Keyboard 2014 Good Design AwardX-300 Bluetooth Speaker 2014 Good Design AwardG402 Hyperion Fury 2014 Good Design AwardG502 Proteus Core 2014 Good Design AwardUltrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air 2014 IDI AwardCricut Explore 2014 iF AwardCalor Mini BBQ 2014 iF AwardSpaceMouse Wireless 2014 iF AwardFabricSkin Keyboard Folio 2014 iF AwardG602 Wireless Gaming Mouse 2014 iF AwardT650 Wireless Touchpad 2014 iF AwardK810 Illuminated Keyboard 2014 iF AwardT630 Ultrathin TouchMouse 2014 Red DotSpaceMouse Wireless 2014 Red DotK830 Living Room Keyboard 2014 Red DotG602 Wireless Gaming Mouse 2014 Red DotT630 Ultrathin TouchMouse 2014 Red DotT630 Ultrathin TouchMouse 2014 2 CES HonoreesLogitech Portfolio