Scott Stropkay



About Scott

Scott Stropkay is a founding partner of the research, strategy, and development consulting firm Essential. Scott advises businesses and institutions on cross-functional innovation; helping leaders create innovative products and services in the consumer, healthcare, education, and commercial markets. Scott views design as a business-to-end-user interpretation tool. He believes design thinking is about interpreting technologies to simplify features and interfaces for end-users, interpreting service offerings to make them appeal to specific market segments, and interpreting form and function possibilities as experience opportunities to build brands and fortify a client’s business position.

Scott has worked in both corporate and consulting design capacities for over 25 years. His work is driven from personal experience delivering real products and services to market. By building better discovery processes, defining innovation opportunities, and leveraging design-thinking skills to inform innovation strategy, Scott helps guide the selection and development of market leading products and services for clients including AARP, Dell, iRobot, Owens Corning, P&G, Philips, and Shure. His professional experience includes having:

  • Lead a multi-disciplined design team at RichardsonSmith (who became Fitch)
  • Built and directed multi-disciplinary design team at IDEO
  • Directed design team at Gillette
  • Founded and built Essential

Associations: Industrial Designers Society of America, Design Management Institute, Association of Professional Design Firms, Mass Medic

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design, Cleveland Institute of Art