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David Leonard

MA work


Bees play an incredibly important role in maintaining global food security and biodiversity, and yet today, the health of bees and many other insect pollinators is deteriorating faster than ever.

The Beeosphere project tackles three of the fundamental problems behind the worsening health of bees, aiming to: generate awareness about the problem, support local ecology and inspire young bee keepers - the average age of a bee keeper in the UK is 66 and steadily rising!

Beeosphere is an observational hive for bumblebees that fixes to your window, so you can watch the fascinating growth of a colony of bees from inside the comfort of your home. The beeosphere hive is the cheapest and easiest way to keep bees at home, giving you the chance to make a difference.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2018

  • To me, good design is all about making good decisions. Rather than concentrating on any one aspect of design, I have specialised in design as a process. I enjoy exploring new fields, learning new skills and reinventing the things all around us.

  • Degrees

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2016
  • Experience

  • DYSON, Research Design & Development Intern, Dyson HQ, Malmesbury, Summer 2015; ROLLS-ROYCE, Manufacturing Engineer Intern, Rolls-Royce HQ, Derby, Summer 2014; BASF Metal Recycling Ltd, Laboratory Intern, Cinderford, Summer 2013.
  • Awards

  • Top 100 UK Graduate Ones to Watch, Freshminds Ltd. 2015; Industrial Design Studentship, 1851, 2016