Barrie Weaver

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Barrie Weaver
Born Kent
Alma mater Central School of Art
Occupation industrial designer

Barrie Weaver is an industrial designer living in London.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kent, he spent his early years in the Middle East where his father was posted as a director of ICAO. Returning to London to complete his education he gained a BA in Industrial Design Engineering at the Central School of Art.


Weaver's professional career began with Terence Conran creating products for Habitat shops before moving to Pentagram Design's London office mentored by Kenneth Grange and Alan Fletcher, both of whom he cites as powerful influences.

His independent career started by joining forces with Jos Roberts, a fellow Central student, to form Roberts Weaver Design. Early commissions included the UK's first mass-produced computer terminal for Newbury Labs (part of the Grundy NewBrain project) and the Implanter 9000 for Applied Materials.

Integrating computers into the workplace became a key focus with dealing rooms for Banks worldwide, the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, and with Nixdorf, NYC’s first touch-screen voting booth.

Notably, Weaver spotted the potential of Jonathan Ive [1] and gave Jonathan his first job. Jonathan became the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc and is internationally renowned as the principal designer of the iMac, iPod and the iPhone.

In the UK he obtained commissions from BT Group, Amstrad, Marks & Spencer, Marconi, Boots, Ransomes and KEF before venturing East to land projects with Hitachi, Panasonic, Samsung, Nissan, Subaru, LG, Zebra.

Under Weaver's guidance the team has won numerous Design Council, iF product design award, Red Dot, and Norwegian Design Council awards.

In 1990, Weaver received the Prince Philip Designers Prize[2] in recognition of his work. Weaver is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers. He served on the Design Council from 1989 – 1995.


  • Colmans Design Award
  • British Design Awards: Applied Materials
  • British Design Awards: UCC
  • British Design Awards: Soundcraft
  • British Design Awards: Cellmate
  • Norway - Good Design Award: Nycomed
  • Germany - Industrie Forum Award: Dexion [3]
  • Germany - Design Innovation: Blolite
  • Germany - IF Award: Chemunex [4]


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