As Senior Production Artist at the Blackhawk Network, Stephen Diebold designs dynamic retail solutions going into many Fortune 500 retailers. Prior to his job at Blackhawk Network, Stephen worked as an Industrial Designer for Chicago-based design consultancy Bish Creative Display. In just two and a half years, Stephen guided over 40 selected concepts, from sketch to manufactured product, and won a bronze medal at the 2012 POPAI design awards. He has created kiosks, décor and displays for many large clients including Disney, Anheuser-Busch, Safeway, Canon, Patron, Home Depot and Nestle. Stephen has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While studying at the University of Illinois, he focused his studies on tools for those with disabilities. By the age of 19, he submitted his first patent for a tool for those with quadriplegia. He was honored twice as a Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize innovation award nominee. In 2009, Stephen was the first undergraduate to win the Grand Prize at the international Collegiate Inventors Competition. Stephen’s designs earned him national attention, as he was invited to present his design research at MIT, the Boston Museum of Science, the Disability Beat radio program on WEFT, and at the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival in Washington D.C.. Stephen lives for the moments when art and technology come together and marry beautifully. He is an avid outdoorsman, builder, and beer-snob. He also has a strong habit of taking apart and customizing every item within his reach.

Work Samples

  • Drop Point - A Tool for Quadriplegia

  • Aspire Dialysis System

  • Infinite Spaces - kid's fort building tool

Work History

STEPHEN DIEBOLD 54 Sunview Dr • San Francisco, CA • 94131 E • P • 847-366-9001 EDUCATION Industrial Design @ University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign • GPA: 3.56 - Grad May '10 Industrial Design Program @ Accademia Italiana; Florence, Italy - Spring 2009 EMPLOYMENT Sr. Production Artist @ Blackhawk Network; Pleasanton, CA • 04/2013 - Present - Communicated directly with Fortune 500 clients to design custom retail fixtures and installations - Worked, and traveled, alongside sales team, while creating 3D interior renders and presentations - Guided manufacturing, material preference and fixture specifications - Managed the exchange of information and resources between the marketing and fixture design teams Contract Design Assistant @ Because We Can; Oakland, CA • 10/2012 - 04/2013 - Supported the manufacturing process and implementation of architecture and interior decor elements, including crafting prototypes and installing designs - Developed and refined architectural renderings and concept presentation materials for clients Freelance Designer @ Stephen Diebold Design; San Francisco, CA • 08/2012 - Present - Design and development of UI/UX/web for clientele - Assisted with brainstorming, sketching, and CAD work of consumer products for several clients in the Bay Area - Selected clients include Future Partners, Sun Saluter (Roseicollis Technologies Inc.), John W. Wilson, M.D. Inc. Designer @ Bish Creative Display; Lake Zurich, IL • 10/2010 - 04/2013 - Effectively interpreted and created artistic vision for client’s needs and branding, while bringing to market 40+ bold, beautiful and effective marketing displays for Fortune 500 accounts - Excelled in creation of proposals through sketching, rendering, and prototyping - Owned entire creative and functional process of product development including printing graphics, material preference, and manufacturing process selection 3D Production Lab + Computer Technician @ UIUC Industrial Design Lab; Champaign, • 09/2007 - 05/2010 - Responsible for production of rapid prototypes, 3D printing and other tech/computer related questions. SUPPLEMENTAL COURSEWORK Designing for disabilities • 3 years experience - 2007-2010 Python Programming - 2009 Material Science and Engineering - 2008 SKILLS Adobe Creative Suite Autodesk 3ds Max Solidworks Sketchbook Pro Working Knowledge of HTML, JavaScript + CSS Autodesk Alias Bunkspeed - Hypershot Rendering Rhinoceros Windows + Mac OS Rapid Prototyping Technical Drawing Prototype Development Familiarity in Spanish + Italian HONORS Gold Medal Winner at 2014 POPAI Design Awards - 2014 - Won the Gold in Permanent Displays; awarded for my Lemon Tree displays for Mike's Hard Lemonade. Silver Medal Winner at 2013 POPAI Design Awards - 2013 - My display work for a Grand Marnier Eiffel Tower won the Silver in Permanent Displays Bronze Medal Winner at 2012 POPAI Design Awards - 2012 - My display design for Old Pulteney Whiskey won the Bronze in Permanent Displays Guest Presenter at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. - 2012 - Presented my research at the Folklife Festival for improved tools for accessibility Special Guest on UIUC Alumni Innovation Panel - 2011 - Answered questions and lead group activity for freshmen orientation Guest speaker at client workshop for C2 design group - 2010 - Spoke on innovation through collaboration with clients in the design process Grand Prize Winner • International Collegiate Inventors Competition - 2009 - $25,000 prize for the “Drop Point” project. First ever undergraduate to win U.S. design patent pending - 2009 - For the “Drop Point” pointer for those with quadriplegia Guest speaker on inventions at MIT / Boston Museum of Science - 2008 Two-Time Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize finalist - 2008 + 2010 - $30,000 design competition - final five James Scholar recipient - 2008 + 2009 - Honors program at the University of Illinois ACTIVITIES MIT's Eurekafest Design Competition • team leader - 2008+2010 Industrial Designers Society of America - 2007-Present ACM Siggraph; CGI animation club - 2008-2010 Beach Volleyball League - 2008-Present


  • University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • Bachelors Industrial Design
    • 2006 - 2010
  • Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy

    • N/A Industrial Design
    • 2009 - 2009

    6-Month Program



Student Member, IDSA - 2007 to Present


• Collegiate Inventors Competition - $25,000 Grand Prize Winner - First Undergrad Ever • Guest Presenter - Smithsonian in Washington D.C. • Bronze Medal Winner at the 2012 POPAI design awards • U.S. design patent pending • Special Guest on UIUC Alumni Innovation Panel • Guest speaker - Boston Museum of Science • Two-Time Lemelson-Illinois Student...
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