About Us

Outdoor Product Design is a design agency focused on creating outdoor product solutions to help define and progress your company.
We are based in the North West of the UK, close to the Peak District, North Wales and the Lake District providing a great testing ground for all our design and development

Passionate about the outdoors & about design


OPD is experienced in many outdoor sports and activities including those below. Although this demonstrates our breadth of interests and capabilities, this is not an exhaustive list and we are always happy to quote on most types of project.


White water kayaking, sea kayaking, touring, sit-on-tops.


White water canoeing, Touring, multi day expeditions.


Off Piste Skiing, Ski Mountaineering, Piste Skiing


Bouldering, Trad climbing, Alpine climbing, Expedition climbing.


dinghy, yachts


mountain biking, road cycling, touring.


Trekking, hill walking, mountain walking, winter walking.


Leisure camping, Glamping, Mountain Camping, Backpack camping, expedition.

Our industry and practical EXPERIENCE

The building blocks of outdoor product design

I have worked in the outdoor industry since 2003 and have spent my life following a passion for outdoor activities. I have been lucky enough to have had adventures in the outdoors across 6 continents (Antarctica is still on the hit list!). I have also been involved in kayak coaching and guiding and still have a passion for sea kayak guiding.

Spending so much time using and depending on outdoor equipment I have grow an eye for detail and an appreciation for well design equipment.

Alongside getting into the outdoors, design has been another passion that has run deeply from an early age. Working in outdoor product design became a reality during a course studying Industrial Design and Technology at Brunel University. I spent a placement year working with Pyranha Mouldings designing kayaks and canoes. Upon completion of my degree having gained a First Class Hons, I went back to Pyranha Mouldings leading into a career in outdoor product design.

It is these passions for the outdoors and design that lead me to set up OPD, as a way of helping companies and brands develop and define the next generation of outdoor products.

Richard Taylor. Design Director OPD
Richard Taylor Outdoor Product Design UK

outdoor experience

Trips, expeditions, adventure holidays, these are the fun time! They also form the backbone of OPD’s experience in the outdoors.

These experiences help fuel an in-depth knowledge of outdoor product design from a field perspective and we believe this gives us a great foundation from which to help understand your company, values, customers and future products.