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Stephen Douch


  • Stephen Douch
  • Area

    The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design


    Research Associate

  • Stephen is an award-winning designer with a broad professional experience working across a range of sectors including; consumer goods, transportation, mobile communications and FMCG.

    As a researcher, Stephen is a long standing collaborator with Central Saint Martin’s Design Against Crime Research Centre, where he consults on projects, bringing his expertise in a range of disciplines including product, service, strategy and graphic design.

    Stephen is currently an Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, where he is developing a psychiatric titration measurement device for children with ADHD, in collaboration with researchers and clinicians from King's College Hospital.
  • Biography

  • Stephen graduated in Product and Furniture Design from De Montfort University where he won the RSA Student Design Award for toy design. This led to a ten year career creating products for influential toy brands such as Hasbro, Disney, Mattel and Lego. 

    He returned to education in 2012 to complete his Masters degree in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design. His thesis, Last Orders, investigated the UK’s funeral industry; the rising cost incurred, the historic sanitisation, the lack of choice and the role design could play in alleviating these issues. Stephen’s project was NOVA nominated, placed him as a finalist for Designer of the Year at New Designers and exhibited at 2014’s Restless Futures Exhibition. 

    More recently, Stephen has worked as an Innovation Consultant, developing design strategies and services for large technology companies, such as Ford, Microsoft and Intel. He is also a contributor to education as a lecturer and collaborator for UAL’s Industrial Design course and innovation centre respectively.
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  • Awards and Grants

  • Finalist, N.I.C.E award nominated, 2017

    Design Against Crime Research Centre Membership, 2016

    Finalist, New Designer of the Year, New Designers, 2014

    Shortlisted, Nova Prize, 2014

    Winner, Creative Steps Award, 2008