Design Talk 77. Paul Campbell, Chief Product Officer, Centaur Robotics

Paul Campbell, a former chief designer at Ford, is now re-imagining the wheelchair at Centaur Robotics. In this conversation with MEX founder Marek Pawlowski, he shares the life experiences and human-centred insights which have shaped Centaur’s new approach to personal, connected mobility. The discussion also explores Paul’s deep experience of car design and design studio culture, going right back to the early inspirations which have continued to shape Paul’s approach to realising new products.

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As you walked past the drawings you could instantly see if something was being drawn which didn’t align with your expectations. It was very useful for picking up wrong assumptions.  Paul Campbell, Chief Product Officer, Centaur Robotics  Episode 77, MEX Design Talk podcast


  • Centaur’s chair, described as a ‘personal electric vehicle designed to challenge the norm’.
  • Stingray, a TV programme mentioned by Paul as an early design influence.
  • A 2012 interview with Paul discussing his design on the Transit, one of the vehicles he worked on at Ford.
  • Zeiss, one of the companies supplying the measuring systems supporting clay modelling in car design studios, mentioned by Paul.
  • Shima Seiki, the knitting machine company mentioned by Paul, which went on to supply technology to Ford early in the digitisation of the design studios.

There are always projects going on in design studios that are just for fun…which are in parallel. They keep you sane.  Paul Campbell, Chief Product Officer, Centaur Robotics  Episode 77, MEX Design Talk podcast

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