Stephen Collins

Stephen is on his third career with deign, having trained in journalism and worked in public policy and consulting before starting acidlabs in 2006. He’s a proponent of human scale and human-friendly workplaces, and giving people a meaningful place to work and actual balance in their lives.

He cares deeply about things like design ethics, organisational culture, and leadership (matters that are the topic of his Master’s thesis), representation (recognising he’s one of way too many middle-class, educated, middle-aged, white dudes in design), the big picture, and building smarter clients.

When not at work, he spends time hiking in the Australian backcountry.

Steve is known to many as “trib”. It’s a long story. Feel free to use it.

Politically and socially, he’s a humanist and progressive and uses the pronouns he/him/his.

Founder and Principal Designer