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Ian Dryburgh

CEO & Founder


Ian founded Acumen in 1981 as a multidisciplinary design consultancy. As named inventor on patents spanning many industry sectors, his commitment to innovation is the bedrock of the brand. Having graduated in Transport and Industrial Design Ian went into partnership with the Interior and Graphic design practice ‘Murdoch Design Associates Ltd’.

In a career spanning more than 30 years he has enjoyed award winning success in a wide range of industry sectors from the Marine to Aerospace, FMCG, Life Science, architecture and high performance products. By taking an empirical approach, Ian has consistently challenged the paradigm in each of the above industry sectors and now enjoys a reputation for being the named inventor behind many international patents that have delivered market leading commercial success for his clients.

Ian has always believed in pushing the frontiers of innovation and therefore has always had an innovation arm to the company (Acumen Innovations Ltd.), where speculative ground breaking projects have been taken through to commercial reality.

With a broad market knowledge and strong brand awareness Ian brings a unique perspective and insight to any new product development program aiming to achieve market leadership.