Stephen Spencer

Senior Designer & Inventor

Stephen is a hands-on designer, involved in nearly every facet of MAYA’s capabilities. From user interfaces in explosion-proof environments to mobile app development, he is a versatile designer with a passion for making the right thing, the right way.

Internally, Stephen is focused on understanding and facilitating the cultural and environmental needs of successful creative teams. He is a mentor to new MAYAns and is deeply involved in efforts to share best practices among practitioners and on-board new employees. His IR&D work has resulted in tools for design thinking and collaboration including TeamBoards and InstaKivas, which are used extensively throughout MAYA’s and clients’ offices.

Stephen has managed and designed for a diverse array of clients such as Bayer, D&B, Emerson, General Dynamics, Gerber, Hunter Fan, Ingersoll Rand, Philips, Pepsi, Thermo Fisher Scientific, University of Pittsburgh, and Whirlpool. He is also an instructor for LUMA Institute’s human-centered design workshops, and leads MAYA’s innovation sessions domestically and abroad. Stephen’s background and experience make him particularly well-suited to projects that require mechanical engineering and product development expertise.

Stephen is named on patents both from his time at MAYA and as a result of a soft products company he owned prior to joining MAYA’s team.


BXA Industrial Design and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

Blog Posts

Why MAYA Design is Partnering with Shopify Plus
Sep 20 2016 in Connected World

Being a Shopify Plus Partner enables MAYA Design to provide innovation and design services to organizations that are looking to get started with ecommerce.

The New R&D
Aug 09 2016 in Notes from the Field

When traditional research and development methods have you falling behind your competitors, what needs to happen so you can be proactive in a disruptive market?

Custom Oreo
Nov 10 2015 in Notes from the Field

A look at our newest project, and how digital production and mass customization is disrupting the CPG industry.


MAYA Talks to Make About Twitter-Powered Oreos
Mar 11 2014

MAYA’s Stephen Spencer gives Make Magazine a tour of the Trending Vending machine at SXSW Interactive.

Twitter-Tailored Oreo Cookies to Sweeten SXSW
Mar 06 2014

The Wall Street Journal highlights MAYA’s “Trending Vending” machines created for Oreo at SXSW Interactive.