Design professors and industry professionals dedicated to teaching creative skills in the applied arts.
Associate Professor Greg Darby has been teaching at the College for Creative Studies in the Product Design Department since 2005 where he teaches all levels of Product Design Studio courses, along with basic drawing and digital modeling courses. He has managed a multitude of multidisciplinary corporate sponsored design studios with clients such as Motorola, General Motors, Henry Ford Hospital, Johnson Controls and Shinola, with projects ranging from social responsibility, medical devices, bicycles, automotive interiors, watches and fashion accessories. His students have won awards and have been recognized by the IDSA and other various competitions worldwide.
Greg Darby is also professional Industrial Designer who graduated from the College for Creative Studies in 1996 with a focus in consumer product and furniture design. He began his design career designing office furniture for Steelcase in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He then transitioned to the influential design consultancy Sundberg-Ferar, located in the Detroit area. While at Sundberg-Ferar, Greg worked on a wide variety of design projects including automotive interior components, medical equipment, residential furniture, and home appliances. He was the design lead for Kenmore Brand refrigeration products for 5 years, where he helped introduce the Kenmore Elite line of appliances and the first contoured refrigerator door to be offered in the US. In 2003 he began working independently where he continues to consults with various Detroit area clients.
Professor Stephen Schock has been a member of the College for Creative Studies design faculty 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. Professor Schock has worked for numerous clients and manufacturers in North America, led multidisciplinary student design projects with 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.
He 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 numerous workshops on Design Thinking, creativity and Design Research, and is a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). He 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.