Ross Dowd
Industrial Designer

Ross Dowd is a multi-disciplinary, award-winning industrial & interaction designer based in New York & Dublin. He creates products, experiences, and installations that facilitate meaningful interactions between people, as well as between users and their environment.

He received his B.Des (Hons) in Industrial Design from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, where he graduated with first class honours. He has exhibited work at Science Gallery Dublin, D’Days 2015 Design Festival, and received the Universal Design Award at the Institute of Designers Ireland Graduate Awards 2016, and again at the IDI Awards 2020. Ross also worked as an Industrial Design Lead at Nokia Bell Labs, on Dublin’s Hardware Innovation Team (2016-2020).

Ross’ design practice fuses art and science, and he has eagerly participated in the Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T.) program throughout his tenure at Nokia Bell Labs. Through E.A.T., he designed and built a motion-responsive audio demo for an interactive spoken-word performance. This performance toured to Inspirefest and Ireland’s Edge in 2017, and to the Re:Logia conference in 2019, where Ross also gave a Keynote speech about the intersection of art and technology. Always seeking to learn new skills and expand his area of expertise, Ross has recently completed a diploma in UX Design at the UX Design Institute.

He currently works as a Design Strategist for A+I, a strategy-led, integrated design agency based in New York.

Want to know more?

What skills do you have?

Design disciplines

  • Industrial Design
  • Interaction Design
  • UI/UX Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Design Engineering

Technical Capabilities

  • Sketching
  • Design research
  • Concept generation
  • Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Premier Pro, After Effects, Adobe XD)
  • Solidworks
  • Keyshot
  • Model Making
  • 3D Printing
  • Laser Cutting
  • Electronic Prototyping
  • Arduino
  • Ableton Live
What experience do you have?

Nov 2022 - Present

Design Strategist

July 2021 - Present

CEO and Co-Founder

Nov 2020 - Sept 2022

National College of Art and Design, Dublin
Part-Time Lecturer of Interaction Design and Product Design

May 2021 - Oct 2021

Science Gallery, Dublin
Exhibiting Artist

Aug 2016 - Oct 2020

Nokia Bell Labs, Dublin
Industrial Design Lead

Nov 2019

Re:Logia, Sofia
Keynote Speaker/ Exhibiting Designer/ Workshop Lead

Aug 2015 - Oct 2015

Industrial and Interaction Design of a VR controller

May 2015

D'Days Design Festival, Paris
Exhibiting Designer

Sept - 2014 - Nov 2014

Pigeonholed Creative
Composer for a short film


May 2020 - June 2021

UX Design Institute, Dublin
Diploma in UX Design

Sept 2012 - June 2016

National College of Art and Design, Dublin
B.Des (Hons) in Industrial Design

January 2015 - June 2015

Haute école des arts du Rhin, Strasbourg
Erasmus exchange

Award winning you say?

1st Prize and a €10,000 development for Spree

Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity 2021
June 2021

Universal Design Award for the BTYSTE Interactive Stall

Institute of Designers Ireland Awards 2020
October 2020

Universal Design Award for Sonear

Institute of Designers Ireland Graduate Awards 2016
October 2016

Any hobbies?
Outside of my design practices you can catch me:
  • Cycling
  • Sea swimming
  • Long boarding
  • Producing music
  • Sketching and watercolour painting
  • Improv and acting
  • Arranging my hobbies into lists
When was the film "Flubber" released?
November 16, 1997. But I just googled that, I'd recommend trying out the Wikipedia page if you'd like to know anything else.

I have had projects exhibited in 8 countries,
in 11 locations and counting.
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Re:Logia Conference

Sofia, Bulgaria, 2019