My Story

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.

Simon Tuohy
Simon Tuohy
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It’s a brilliant piece of apparatus and so versatile. I have one and use it every day. Brilliant, and so compact
Mary Lena Mills
Mary Lena Mills
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it is neat and economic, it is stronger than you would believe. it lives up to everything written about it ,I wouldn't be without it ! Also thinking it would make a very handy gift for Christmas, for workmates and Neighbours. Cheers John Bull Designs. xx
Dennis Bailey
Dennis Bailey
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One of those products that until you’ve actually used you dont understand how you managed without it
Dawne Kaye
Dawne Kaye
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Brilliant product so easy to use and a first class service. Would thoroughly recommend.
Elizabeth Lawrie
Elizabeth Lawrie
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These r amazing I have the iPad 12.9 pro and it stands no bother as I does with my phone. Best one Iv bought over the years.
Steve Jewess
Steve Jewess
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I bought mine a few months ago, purely out of interest (I like "engineered" toys). Have to say, it doesn't disappoint and is really quite a cool little gadget. I've used it to hold iPhones and Kindles with no problem, and it can even cope with a 0.8kg Toshiba tablet in portrait mode. If you are considering a stand for your device, I'd definitely recommend the Plinth.
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