Marion Gillet

Design Management consultant

Based in
Bristol, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Bristol (Spike Design), Central Saint Martins College), London (Craft Central
Marion Gillet | Design Management consultant

Rates: From £150 for 1/2 day per person - exact prices on course and workshop pages

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I run Marion Gillet_Design Management. I have 7 years of experience as a project manager, agent and advisor for established and emerging designers. I have built my knowledge mainly from my experience of the business side of design. I am proactive in initiating collaborations and working relationships between manufacturers, designers and retailers. Practical and approachable, I inspire, motivate and have a sound understanding of marketing, licensing, sourcing, costing and many other product and design-related topics.

Group Classes

Diversify Your Practice

Strategy for small creative businesses.

This workshop is for creative business owners and entrepreneurs who need to take the time to refine their vision. Do you have many ideas, loads of ambition and don’t know where to start? Do you want take a few hours to consider all opportunities for your business and plan how you will make them happen?

This well structured workshop will help you to:

- Define how you want to diversify
- Decide which opportunities to pursue or provoke
- Assess the risks and practical consequences for your IP, brand and practice when working for very different clients
- Plan and manage change

For further information and bookings please contact:
Marion Gillet
The Hub
Bush House
72 Prince Street
Bristol BS1 4QD

Mob: 07790018972
email: [email protected]

It's a: 
Spike Design
Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX, Bristol, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Friday 31 October, 9.30am-1pm
£35 - £28 For Spike Design members

How to Develop your Products - Summer Programme

Product development is about knowing how to take the steps and anticipating the hurdles between an idea and the market.
This course is open to designers, aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors who are serious about turning prototype into real products.
Case studies, presentations, group discussions, workshops and 1-2-1s take you through a wide range of topics and issues in order to build your own product development plan.
The course provides a solid framework for designers lacking business knowledge and skills.
Expect a highly engaging course led by a dynamic tutor who has a lot of first-hand experience and industry knowledge to share. The course will cover:
-Press and PR
-Scale of production & Specification
-Project Management

External speakers and companies visits will be confirmed closer to the date.
Important: participants are strongly advised to have a product prototype or sample to make most of the course.

It's a: 
Central Saint Martins College, Southampton Row, London
WC1, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
24 to 28 August 2009 10am to 16.00pm
£ 370



"How to Develop your Products". Graduates, students and professionals happily mixed and exchanged ideas, experience. For 10 weeks participants progressed with their ideas by action learning, some are negotiating licenses, some are preparing exhibitions, some are approaching companies to get commissions, others are speaking to retailers, while some are getting those final quotes before going into production.

Jan 2008 - Mar 2008


Advised fashion designers, illustrators, photographers and product designers over issues surrounding manufacturing, licensing, distribution, product strategy.

Oct 2005

Brand Development and Commercial Agent

For accessory designer, Alessandra Ferreira: Provided consultation for market positioning, brand development and managed graphic designer's work.
Also acted as the designer's agent to set up and coordinate orders from international buyers.

Oct 2004 - Jun 2005

Project Manager

Managed the development of the Zip Bag designed by Tomas Heatherwick, manufactured by French Luxury Brand Longchamp.

Jul 2001 - Dec 2004

Educational history

Creative Pioneer Programme

January, 2006 - December, 2006
Training and development programme for creative entrepreneurs.

Ba (hons) Product Design

September, 1998 - June, 2000
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Industrial Design

September, 1996 - June, 1998
Ecole Sainte Genevieve, Paris


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


Bookings are through the Central Saint Martins website (short courses summer programme):
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How to Develop your Products, summer course, book now!

Call for Design Graduates!
Have you got any plans beyond your final show?How are you going to turn your portfolio projects into products that sell? Would you like to learn from a Design Entrepreneur and Design Management Consultant?

Join “How to Develop Your Products” – special summer course.
Over a week Marion Gillet will share her experience and knowledge of making business and design work together. The course will provide you with the tools and framework you need to know where to start and feel confident that you can do it.

Don't be shy, say hello. We'd love to hear from you.

[email protected]

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