Carlos Peralta is a designer and academic.
His professional design experience includes work for industry, design consultancy and design entrepreneurship, with a broad range of product developments. He is interested in cross disciplinary collaboration with scientists and artists and in social innovation projects.
Carlos Peralta’s professional design experience includes work for industry, design consultancy and design entrepreneurship. He has developed projects in different areas, ranging from lighting products to exhibition stands, from furniture to product interface.
His design research interest is focused on the interdisciplinary character of design and on the relationship between design and other human areas of knowledge and practice. In the past few years, he has been particularly interested in the collaboration between sciences (social and natural) and design. In particular during his PhD research, Carlos explored interdisciplinary collaboration between designers and scientists, examining the role that designers may have in linking scientific discovery to technological development and commercialisation. Carlos’ developing research interests include services design and experience-centred design
Carlos has developed tools for undertaking research both at a theoretical and practice level. He has acquired expertise conducting qualitative research, and planning and conducting case studies. His research output combines peer review publications, books features and authorship, and artifacts. He has published his research work in peer review publications, and displayed research output in exhibitions in Europe. He has an extensive list of esteem indicators, including features in national and international magazines and newspapers, TV appearances, invitations as speaker in international conferences, and has several nominations and design awards.
Born in Colombia, Carlos Peralta graduated in Industrial design in Bogotá, and obtained a Master degree in industrial design from Domus Academy in Milan (Italy). He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge from his work investigating collaboration between designers and scientists in the context of scientific research.
He worked as a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, and was Course Leader and Head of the Product Design Department at the Glasgow School of Art. He also worked leading the European Design Master course at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid, and teaching at the BA (Hons) Product Design course and at the Master of Innovation Management (MIM) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. His teaching activity has been centered on the design project, with emphasis in design research and process. He has developed expertise on live (with industry and businesses) and social innovation projects.
Driver, Alex, Peralta Mahecha, Carlos and Moultrie, James (2012) Design in science: exploring how industrial designers can contribute to scientific research University of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge. ISBN 9781902546476
Peralta Mahecha, Carlos, Driver, Alex and Bombelli, Paolo (2011) Moss table [Artefact]
Driver, Alex, Peralta Mahecha, Carlos and Moultrie, James (2011) Exploring how industrial designers can contribute to scientific research International Journal of Design, 5 (1). pp. 17-28. ISSN 1991-3761
Peralta Mahecha, Carlos, Driver, Alex and Moultrie, James (2010) Discovery and creation: explaining collaboration between designers and scientists in scientific research In: Design and complexity: design research society international conference proceedings, School of Industrial Design, Université de Montréal, 7-9 July 2010.
Furniture and Interior Design
Design for production optimization