With a longstanding commitment to design, innovation and creativity and to students studying these areas in HE, Stephen has practiced a career enabling him to help students achieve their goals and also allow his continued professional development as a Designer and Educationalist.
A current design project involves exploring creativity, ideas generation, nostalgia and creative motivation. To date the outcome of the project has developed a design and prototype of a flat-packed children’s garden toy that engages the child in simple assembly/building, outdoor physical activity, connection with the natural environment and the option to interact through this toy with parents, other adults or friends. The project includes a patent pending application and plan to commercialise the idea through an on-going interest in creative enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Stephen has worked as a Product Designer for Dyson, presenting design research to James Dyson and creating patented work. As a Design Consultant, work includes a fire door safety product used in buildings including Tate Britain and an NHS Innovations nominated product that was a Highly Commended Finalist in the Medical Diagnostic and Laboratory Category.
Stephen has industry experience, knowledge of design for disability/inclusive design and experience of self-employment/design business start-up. Work has featured in London's Design Museum and in newspapers/magazines including the Independent, the Guardian, Living Etc and Elle Decoration. Work has also been featured on Channel 5 Breakfast News and a pilot programme for Channel 4, 'Gimme the Money'.
Stephen has twenty years teaching experience in a number of UK HE institutions.