My Story

A short history

My professional journey started in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as a trainee Navigator, where I spent 8 happy years keeping the Royal Navy topped up with fuel, rockets and beer.

In 1986 it was time for a change, so I studied for a degree in Industrial Design in London. Then came 2 years in consultancy and a year in Industry, before starting on my own in 1991. I grew my own consultancy to a team of eight. We had a great time.

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. We won a presitgious Millenium product design award.


In 2003 I moved to a little village in Somerset, from where I pursue my design ideas and, since 2014, manufacture them – all in the UK.


Why did I design Plinth?

Like many others, I fell in love with the iPad when it came out in 2010.

For sketching ideas, working with photos, surfing the web and keeping in touch with social media, I loved its portability, simplicity, and most of all feel! It felt good to actually touch and interact with the screen with my fingers, rather than via a keyboard.

I tried all sorts of cases, covers and stands in my search for a stable, adjustable support to hold my tablet whilst I worked. For me, the only case I could get on with was a minimal protective cover which preserved the lovely feeling of holding a simple tablet. To me, this was important.

All the stands I tried were wobbly, awkward, or too big/heavy to go in my pocket – the iPad is a mobile device. I needed a stand to easily keep with me everywhere.

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