Aleto, a unique amalgamation of "ale" and "to", draws its roots from the Polish language, where these words respectively mean "but" and "this/that." This linguistic fusion encapsulates my innate tendency to seek alternatives, explore new solutions, and embrace innovative approaches. As pointed out by a friend, in my conversations, the phrase "tak, ale to…" or "yes, but this…" often surfaces, inviting others to consider alternative perspectives. Inspired by this, Aleto stands as the perfect moniker for my innovation and industrial design studio, embodying a commitment to exploration of fresh ideas and pushing the boundaries of conventional thought.
With a dynamic professional journey spanning startups, global technology giants, and academia, I have cultivated a versatile skill set. The years spent at the heart of the R&D centre of Dyson resulted in being part of the design and engineering teams, that among others projects, created the world’s most powerful canister vacuum cleaner and the world's quietest canister vacuum cleaner. Involvement in high technology was also part of my Design Lead role at Andiamo, London’s most innovative technology startup (Business Insider, 3dprintingindustry), where I contributed to the development of the first 3D printed orthotic system fully refundable by the UK's National Health Service. My commitment to design innovation led me to earn a PhD from Loughborough University, focusing on design-driven radical innovation. Now, my passion drives me to design award-winning products for startups and enterprises, enabling them to disrupt markets and create substantial value.
...from the video archives:
Interview about my undergraduate and PhD work
Webinar about innovation strategies (in Polish only)
At the core of my design process lies the double diamond model, a representation of my commitment to a structured approach. My toolkit is adaptable, draws methods from sources like the Delft Design Guide, and is tailored to the unique demands of each project. For groundbreaking innovation, I integrate tools derived from my own research on design-driven innovation (PhD thesis). Prototyping is a cornerstone of my methodology, I advocate for proof-of-concept models to validate assumptions and test performance early. While my expertise lies in industrial design, I often extend my process into implementation and/or work closely with engineers to ensure seamless realisation of my designs.
Surrounded by products that bring joy through effortless solutions, I find beauty in those thought through to the smallest detail (see examples in 'my favourites' section). My design philosophy rejects the extremes of minimalism and excessive embellishments, seeking a harmonious balance. Products, to me, must address explicit or implicit needs, pushing boundaries in both form, and function. Reframing product meaning is a driving force, as evidenced by my research findings, but my core motivation lies in crafting product experiences so enjoyable and effortless that users return not just for utility but for the sheer joy of interaction. This philosophy underscores a commitment to creating products that inspire trust, whether to bring a morning smile or to possess the power to bulldoze a building. In summary, my background, process, and design philosophy converge to form a holistic approach to innovation, blending technology, diverse experiences with a user-centric, adaptable methodology, and a passion for creating meaningful and enjoyable product experiences.