My name is Stephen Hughett, I am an Industrial Designer living in the Columbus, Ohio area. I have a BFA in Industrial Design, and four years of first-hand consultancy experience designing and seeing products come to market. I am skilled in all phases of product development: research, strategy, design conceptualization, 3D CAD development, prototyping, manufacturing and launch support. In my current position at Design Central I have been given the opportunity lead design projects for P&G with front end innovation programs as my primary focus. In addition, I am highly skilled in SolidWorks with an expertise in preparing CAD models for engineering. After work, I focus my extra creative energy into a side project called BLK Sea Studio LLC., a collaborative design outlet started by myself and product design friend. A year ago we launched our first product Imbue on KickStarter which was successfully funded within its first 3 days. This project involved designing a product from the ground up, sourcing and working with manufacturers, and shipping over 1,600 Imbue tools to front doors across the globe. In my personal time, I enjoy the outdoors, rock climbing, and spending time with my wife and our two dogs.

Work Samples

  • Goldilock

  • Mantis

  • ECO

Work History

DESIGN CENTRAL JANUARY ‘13 - CURRENT Industrial Designer 2 | Columbus, OH | Directing and contributing to various design programs in fields such as consumer goods, display design, and packaging. As a design lead for P&G my primary focus is on front end innovation programs. Responsibilities include working in all phases of product development: research, strategy, design conceptualization, 3D CAD development, prototyping, manufacturing and launch support. CLIENTS INCLUDE Swiffer | Febreze | Mr. Clean | Tide | Char-broil | Worthington Industries BLK SEA STUDIO LLC MAY ‘13 - CURRENT Co-founder | Columbus, OH | Developing consumer products through crowd sourcing and collaborating with multidisciplinary designers to broaden design skill sets. These allow for a deeper education in other forms of design, branding, business, sourcing, and manufacturing. BRANDS CREATED Imbue 2014 | Crane 2015 | Anchor 2015 FREELANCE MAY ‘14 - CURRENT Industrial Designer | Columbus, OH BARD | Working alongside engineers to develop conceptual sketches that offer a broad range of ideas and processes for medical devices. SUN DOLPHIN | Developed conceptual sketches to expand on the brands current kayak and pedal boat offerings. Worked on graphic renderings for web, brochure, and convention banners. NOTTINGHAM-SPIRK INNOVATION FIRM JUNE ‘11 - JANUARY ‘13 Industrial Designer | Cleveland, OH | Integrated into multidisciplinary teams made up of researchers, product designers, engineers, and prototype technicians. Designing products that include commercial and consumer electronics, consumer hard and soft goods, POP displays, packaging, and medical devices. CLIENTS INCLUDE Akron Brass, Ethicon Biosurgery, Philips, Remington, Body Media. ATRICURE JUNE ‘10’ - AUGUST ‘10’ Industrial Design Intern | Cincinnati, OH | Worked with the product development team to propose innovative concepts for the next minimally invasive surgical device. In addition worked with Atricure’s shop team to design and develop fixtures for assembly of medical devices in house.


  • Columbus College of Art and Design

    • BFA Industrial Design
    • 2007 - 2011



- Victoria Secrets - 1st Place Package design competition - IDSA - Student Merit Award Participant - Elmers / Exacto - Pencil sharpener competition. Honorable Mention - Columbus College of Art & Design - Four year merit scholarship - Columbus College of Art & Design - Alumni Grant