Andy Stevens is the Principal/Creative Director of Graphic Thought Facility, the London-based design consultancy that he founded in 1990 after graduating from the Royal College of Art.
In the early days they funded their activities through an Enterprise Allowance Scheme, some part-time teaching and a bizarre and unexpected gameshow prize that helped pay for their first computer.
The consultancy now has an international reputation for effective, original and relevant solutions. Recent commissions include store environments for M&S, exhibition design for the Science Museum, books for the Gagosian Gallery, wayfinding for Vitra, and campaigns for Kvadrat and the Frieze Art Fair.
Their approach is often cited as imaginative and unconventional, yet their underlying principles are rooted in clarity, simplicity and a belief that functional need and emotional response should share equal consideration.
Their work extends across product, exhibition and environmental design. They often use non-standard materials and production methods, exploiting their knowledge of niche manufacturers and forgotten techniques, as well as new technologies.
They have a relatively small studio with a team of nine designers and a studio manager, but often collaborate with other creative specialists such as architects, writers and digital media experts, frequently building a team for a particular project.