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22nd February
17:00 to 19:00
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Inspirer#4 Objects of Use

22nd February 17:00 to 19:00
This year the Unit X Inspirer series is working in partnership with Design Factory and our research Readers in Design to spotlight and celebrate local creativity. Drawing on leading designers across Manchester and Stockport, Objects of Use spotlights the work of Nathan Partington, NPD and Jason Iftakhar, Swifty Scooters

These talks will be an opportunity to inspire your thinking during Unit X, and for those who attend in person, you can claim RISE points as additional credits! All talks will be recorded and available afterward on this webpage.

A little info about our partner this year, Design Factory

Manchester Design Factory is a new innovation hub at Manchester School of Art. It is a vehicle for our community of practitioners, researchers, and students to design locally-based sustainable development with the potential to reach well beyond our city. We take a participatory approach to designing innovation that is social and inclusive. The first project that we are working on is the Arts Council-funded Creative Campus project in Stockport. Through this activity, the Design Factory will be able to apply design thinking and doing to the theme of ‘Repurpose’, working with creative businesses and social enterprises to actively develop sustainable ways of collectively thriving. Stockport can be a microcosm for creating positive change which works with what we have, and by design amplifies what we need more of.

Nathan Partington

Based in Manchester’s creative, urban heart in the Northern Quarter, we have been delivering innovative product design and engineering services from the npd studio in Manchester since 2014.

As Manchester’s leading product and industrial design company we can turn your ideas into fully functioning, commercially viable products that grow your brand and expand your business. With a wealth of in-house knowledge, cutting edge technology and dedication, our talented team of product designers turn your new product ideas into reality. We create exceptional products & experiences that hit the mark every time.

We are proud to offer a full end-to-end product development process, taking your idea from a scrap of paper all the way through to handling the first units off the production line.

We provide a full range of product design services in Manchester and throghout the North West. Popular services include.

Jason Iftakhar, Swifty Scooters

Based in Manchester, SWIFTY SCOOTERS is a prominent British scooter manufacturer. Our mission is simple: to encourage and speed up the adoption of light electric and active transportation. We specialize in crafting a variety of vehicles for both individual consumers and business fleets. Since 2010, Swifty has been a key player in the adult-scooter market, recognized for its innovative foldable designs, solid build quality, and an unmatched riding experience.

At the helm is Jason Iftakhar, the CEO of Swifty Scooters, who has successfully transformed the company into a globally recognized brand for high-quality, stylish scooters. With a background in design and engineering, Jason possesses a keen eye for market trends, creating products that consistently exceed customer expectations. His expertise in materials and manufacturing processes ensures that each Swifty Scooter meets the highest quality standards.

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In A Nutshell...

  • Collaborate... with industry leading experts in the field of Design
  • Upskill... on the debates happening right now within the design industry in Manchester & Stockport
  • Show leadership... and the opportunity to demonstrate creative problem solving in practice
  • Engage... with a industry leading speakers across a range of engaging creative themes
  • Earn up to 10 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • place 17:00 to 19:00 on 22/02/24 - BZ 403 and then (Benzie Building, 4th floor lecture theatre)
    Attend in-person Inspirer talk