A short history
My journey started in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as a Navigating Officer, where I spent 8 happy years working with the Royal Navy all over the world.
In 1986 I left the sea to study for a degree in Industrial Design in London.
Then came 2 years in consultancy and a year in Industry, before starting my own Design company in 1991.
30 years designing products
John Bull Design Ltd grew to a team of eight, based in West Sussex. We designed some amazing products, from children’s nursery equipment, sports gear, laboratory test appuratus to Insustrial safety equipment.
In 2000 we won a presitgious Millenium Product Design Award.
In 2003 I moved to a little village in Somerset near Taunton, from where I pursue my design ideas and, since 2014, manufacture them – all in the UK.
Made in UK. Ethical manufacture
In 2010 the first iPad was launched. The tablet was great but the accessories appalling – I couldn’t find a proper stand which was as easy to use and carry as my iPad; so I designed my own.
With no money to afford the £35,000 needed to go into production, I turned to crowdfunding and raised the money on Kickstarter. On the third attempt I succeeded, and Plinth entered production in 2014.
In 2016 I had a call from the BBC asking if I would consider entering Plinth on Dragons’ Den.
A better solution for phones
Having sold over 60,000 Plinths, my attention turned to ways of making our increasingly large phones easier to hold, see and use.
It took me nearly 2 years to perfect the design of Ezl, a wafer thin tiny product which mounts easily to the back of any phone or case.
It is the thinnest, lightest device with such functionality on the market today.