David Nield

David Nield

Contributor, DIY

David Nield is a freelance contributor at Popular Science, producing how to guides and explainers for the DIY section on everything from improving your smartphone photos to boosting the security of your laptop. He doesn’t get much spare time, but when he does he spends it watching obscure movies and taking long walks in the countryside.


  • An avid tech fanatic, he’s never happier than when playing around with a new gadget or app
  • A strong writer with background in computing and English, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Durham University in the UK
  • An industry connoisseur with more than 20 years’ experience writing for tech publications in print and online, including Popular Science, Gizmodo, Wired and TechRadar



David has been writing guides for Popular Science since 2017, helping readers get more out of their tech with informative and detailed guides to phones, tablets, computers, wearables, software and plenty more. Whether you want to know how to wipe out your search history or fix a slow laptop, chances are that he’s written a guide on it.

Overall, David has more than 20 years’ experience working for digital and print publications, taking on a wide variety of roles including writing, editing, project management, website and CMS maintenance, and newsletter production. He prides himself on keeping to tight deadlines and working well with others.

In recent years David has mostly worked freelance, writing tech news and guides for a variety of outlets including the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers in the UK, and Gizmodo and Popular Mechanics online. He’s also a veteran of tech conferences and events, and has built up strong contacts with the biggest names in hardware and software.


After studying media, computing and English at college, David went on to graduate from Durham University in the UK with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. When he wasn’t busy in the library at Durham, he spent most of his time working for the student newspaper Palatinate, where he held numerous roles including Deputy Editor and finally Editor in his last year.

Favorite weird science fact

There are more possible combinations of chess games than there are atoms in the universe. Something to think about.

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