Dr Stephen Hayward

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Course Tutor MA Industrial Design

Central Saint Martins


After studying archaeology and anthropology, then the history of art, Stephen Hayward completed a PhD at the Royal of College in the history of design. He subsequently taught at the University of Teesside and Southampton Institute while curating exhibitions and writing articles that applied an historical perspective to contemporary design. He has worked at Central St Martins since around 2000 and is now responsible for tutoring on the MA in Industrial Design and co-ordinating aspects of the contextual studies provision across the BA and MA design programmes.

Research interests

Design interaction, needs, narrative, museology, historiography, play, identity, ethics, enchantment, philosophical toys, dematerialisation.

Research statement

The central concern of Stephen Hayward’s research is raising the cultural standing of contemporary design via writing, exhibitions, conferences and film making. There are several strands to this initiative. For instance, reimagining the canon of modern design in terms of contemporary theory and practice, developing new and more engaging methods of communicating the design discourse, and explaining to a general audience why material culture matters. The working title for this project is Philosophical Toys in that it showcases the phenomenological and psychological aspects of design.