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The Design Journey Podcast

The Design Journey Podcast aims to help inspire listeners with insights and actions to further their own product design and development careers Thanks to Chris Whyte for very kindly inviting me to speak on his podcast

The Business Book Awards 2024

Design Lead Succeed: 48 Rules for Bridging the Gap from Designer to Design Leader was accepted to be judged in the 2024 Business Book Awards

Outdoor Swimming Society

Outdoor Swimming Society, April 2024 - Kit review of the Zone3 Terraprene Vision wetsuit

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine, April 2024 - How to design the perfect pair of goggles

DEVELOP 3D Magazine

"Design Lead Succeed" book is featured in DEVELOP 3D magazine as one of the best gifts for designers in 2024

Design Lead Succeed

My new book "Design Lead Succeed: 48 Rules for Bridging the Gap from Designer to Design Leader" launched on the 30th November 2023, in hardback, paperback, and eBook formats

New Book Release

Design Lead Succeed: 48 Rules for Bridging the Gap from Designer to Design Leader Official release date coming soon!

SwimSwam podcast interview, 2021

Speedo's Head Designer explains the new Hyper Elite goggle

Fashanne Awards, 2021

Judge of the Athleisure design award

Speedo Supreme collaboration

Speedo Supreme collaboration, using the Fastskin Pure Focus goggles and cap, June 2020

Aspire English Channel Relay Swim

Emerging from the sea at Cap Gris Nez after a successful English Channel relay swim with the Aspire Snow Leopards, July 2019

2019 Design Week Awards

Speedo Fastskin Pure Focus goggles shortlisted for the Design Week Awards, June 2019

Rhino UK conference, 2019

Presenting the design development story of the Speedo Fastskin Pure Focus goggles at the Rhino UK user conference, April 2019

Speedo Pure Focus racing goggles

Design Lead for the Speedo Pure Focus racing goggles, created in readiness for Tokyo 2020 Olympic games

Sports design lecture, March 2019

Delivering the annual Sports Design lecture at York St John University

New Designers 2018

Judging for the Pentland Design Award, July 2018

2nd ISEA Sports Engineering Seminar

Presenting at the 2nd ISEA Sports Engineering Seminar in Manchester, May 2018

Speedo Design Competition, 2018

Presenting awards to the winners of the Speedo student design competition at Nottingham Trent University.

Sports Design Lecture, February 2018

Delivering the annual Sports Design lecture at York St John University.

ISPO 2018, Munich

ISPO, the largest trade fair for sports business. Highlights of the show included the Adidas Futurecraft 3D printed footwear exhibit.

The National Running Show, Jan 2018

Visiting the UK's first ever National Running Show, dedicated to kit, race information, technology, nutrition and inspiration from expert panel speakers.

Furniture collaboration, 2017

Speedo and Petratex design collaboration creates the 'Core Stabiliser' chair, exhibited in Portugal.

10th year work anniversary

In 2007 I began my job in the Speedo Aqualab. 10 years later I still love the brand, the people and the products.

220 Triathlon magazine, Nov 2017

Featured 'Expert' in 220 Triathlon magazine, November 2017

Budapest, July 2017

Attending the FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest, 2017

USA Speedo conference

Early morning team run along Laguna Beach, July 2017

UK Corporate Games, July 2017

Overall winner of the 750m open water UK Corporate Games

New Designers 2017

Judging the New Designers 2017 Pentland Brands award, July 2017


Presenting the Speedo Fastskin training aids design development story

V Class Goggles

Red Dot Design Award 2017 - Design Lead for this product. Proud to be part of a great team effort!

DEVELOP 3D LIVE, March 2017

Honoured to have been invited to present at DEVELOP 3D LIVE. The 6th annual UK event dedicated to product development technology and design at Warwick Arts Centre.

Biomimicry Conference

The Fastskin fabric development story, Roca Gallery, London

Sports Design Lecture, February 2017

Had a great day working with the York St John University Product Design course students during my annual visit

NTU Design Speech, January 2017

I was invited to share my own design journey from design consultancy to in-house design team with the Nottingham Trent University Product Design course students

Motorcycle Live 2016

Reviewing all of the latest technologies and design trends that the motorcycle industry has to offer

ANSYS Sport Industry Webcast Series

The Secret of Speedo's Successful Innovation: Hard Work, Creativity and ...Simulation

3D Printing Interview

Speedo’s pace fastens through Stratasys 3D printing technology, thanks to Connex 3D printer

Biomimetics presentation

Designs by Mother Nature - Biomimetic Products Presentation at the Roca Gallery, London, April 2014

World Enduro Championships 2015

Guest of ANSYS and Ferrari for the World Enduro Championships 2015, Silverstone

Fastskin Product Launch, 2012

Fastskin product launch with host, George Lamb

Fastskin Product Launch, 2012

Briefing athletes upon cap fitting

Pentland Brands Award, 2013

Receiving the Pentland Brands 'Creativity' Values Award from Andy Rubin, Chairman of Pentland Brands

MBA Graduation

Receiving my MBA with Distinction from Durham University at Durham Cathedral, June 2012

MBA Graduation

Receiving my MBA from Sir Thomas Allen, 2012

Speedo Facebook post, 2014

Chris Johnson designing the Fastskin Elite racing goggles

Speedo Facebook post, 2014

How the Speedo Fastskin goggles began life...

London Triathlon 2009

Launch of the Speedo LZR Racer Tri-Pro race suit at the London Triathlon 2009

Bullet Train

Riding the Taiwan bullet train from Taipei to Taichung on a trip to Taiwan

2011 TCR show

Brand ambassador for the weekend at the 2011 TCR show in London

London Design Museum

'Designed to Win' Exhibition

London Design Museum

'Designed to Win' Exhibition showing the Olympic racing suits

CES 2013

Reviewing the latest digital trends at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Sydney Olympic Park

Watching the 2009 Australian Swimming Championships in the Sydney Aquatic Centre

Rhino Conference, London

Debating the 'Future use of 3D software within the design process' on the panel, chaired by Marc Fornes

Vitruvian Half Ironman 2013

Finishing my first Half Ironman triathlon in a time of 4 hours and 55 minutes


Visiting factories


Trend and inspiration research in Shibuya, Tokyo

Bruce Lee Monument, Hong Kong

'Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own' - It was great to get the chance to visit the great man's statue whilst on a visit to Hong Kong

Leather craftsmanship

Improving my leather belt making skills at Prescott & Mackay, London

London Design Museum

Truly inspiring to visit the 'Paul Smith' exhibition at the London Design Museum (May, 2014)

Pool testing

It's vitally important to feel the performance of your own products and prototypes

London 2012 Aquatics Centre

Watching the swim finals at the London 2012 Olympics

2012 Olympic finals

Fortunately I'm not too scared of heights, as I watch the London 2012 Olympic swimming finals from one of the highest seats in the building!

Rhino Conference, London

Presenting the Fastskin design development story for the London 2012 Olympics

2012 Olympic trials

Experiencing the first ever competition to be staged at the London Aquatic Centre

Yamamha 400 SRX

My first motorbike, purchased in 2000 when I worked for the London design consultancy Factory Design Ltd.

Fastskin LZR Racer Suit, 2009

Demonstrating the LZR Racer suit for a Japanese magazine article

Aircraft Interior Design

Assessing the old British Airways Concorde seats whilst working with the Factory Design team in London.

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