Stephen Schock


Professor Schocks current focus is working with Detroit centric entrepreneurs and corporations to create product opportunities for local economic development related to lifestyle, health, energy and material reuse.


Stephen Schock has been a Product Design faculty member since 1998. He has 28 years of design experience including automotive, medical, exhibit, furniture, graphic, industrial, farming, digital products, toy products, footwear, large-scale sculpture, design research and design thinking. He has been awarded the IDEA Gold Medal for Design Excellence and Innovation, awards for Design Excellence from the ID Annual Design Review, the Design Journal and the Henry Ford Innovation Institute.

He has worked for numerous clients and manufacturers in North America and Europe including General Motors, DKNY, Knoll, Stanley, Stryker Medical, Deutz-Fahr, New Holland, SAME, Marshall Fields, Northwest Airlines, World Wrestling Entertainment, Graceland Entertainment, Hella, Bede Jet, RL corp and Mitsubishi Electric. He has led multidisciplinary student design projects with Fortune 500 corporations, Nike Inc., Samsung, Stanley Black & Decker, Reebok, Steelcase, New Balance/Warrior and research projects with Whirlpool, Magna International, Chrysler Corp., and the user experience group Lextant.


Schock has lectured on design process in the US, Europe and Asia, has served as the Mideast Educational Representative for the Industrial Design Society of America, facilitated workshops on Design Thinking and Design Research, and is a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). He is the cofounder of D Labs Design Workshops, Detroitrelic, and is currently the president of the Detroit Design Studio LLC. His work has been seen on CNN, Designboom, published in numerous design journals, exhibited at the Whitney Museum shop in New York and is included in the 20th Century collection of the Detroit Institute of Art. 

  • MFA, Wayne State University; BFA, College for Creative Studies
  • Professor


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