Dickinson Associates was formed by Rick Dickinson in 1986, and is based in Cambridge, UK.

Previously Rick had spent six years as Senior Designer to Sir Clive Sinclair where he designed and manufactured such classics as the Sinclair ZX 81, ZX Spectrum, QL and the Microvision, the world's first flat screen TV. The combination of artistic aesthetics and production practicalities Rick learned at Sinclair is the ethos of Dickinson Associates and makes us much more than a simple design house.

In 1998 Rick began mentoring and working in partnership with Phil Candy, a young Industrial Designer who recently graduated from Kingston University. Over the next 25 years, Rick and Phil collaborated seamlessly on a vast range of design projects. Together they built the reputation of Dickinson Associates as one of the leading and most respected independent design houses.

In addition to an impressive list of design awards, they successfully raised funding from various VC’s and charitable organisations including the Wellcome Trust and  Gates foundation to design, develop, and manufacture a range of miniature field microscopes including applications for Malaria diagnosis.

The result is a company that completely understands the process of taking a concept from initial design to final production. Whether it's advice on product semantics, market sensitivities or the complex details of production engineering for high or low volume manufacturing, Dickinson associates can offer guidance at every step.

Upon Rick’s death in 2018, Phil took over management and design leadership of the company. Although understandably saddened at the death of his friend and partner, Phil looks forward to honouring Rick’s legacy with the continued growth and success of the company.