Stephen Chininis

Professor of Practice, School of Industrial Design

Stephen Chininis, IDSA, is a Professor of Practice in the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech and the principal of Chininis Product Development Group. He specializes in the integration of invention, innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit in the work he does and the design studios he teaches.

His Make10 initiative at Georgia Tech, now in its 9th year, has grown into an exciting incubator environment for students to test new product ideas. He also is a coach and mentor for the CREATE-X program on campus. CREATE-X is a Georgia Tech initiative to instill entrepreneurial confidence in students and empower them to launch real startups. 

Chininis' ongoing professional work includes developing products for the toy and housewares industries. With more than 30 patents, he has licensed more than 100 products. His designs have won several awards, including “Parenting Magazine’s 10 Best Toys” and the “2001 Design Plus Award.”

Recently, using 3D printing, Chininis has been working to develop a mashup of design, craft, and technology to explore the micro factory environment through his Etsy Store, as a means to launch new products. In 2017, Chininis and a few friends formed a startup to explore new product ideas called Block Party Games. 

Current Work

  • Chininis Product Development Group LLC and Chininis Design, Atlanta Georgia
    Principal designer and owner - Clients include: Griffin Technology, Conair, Playskool, Kids II, Fisher-Price Toys, Mattel Toys, Hasbro Toys,The Coca-Cola Company, etc. Product conception, visualization, and development for various manufacturers in juvenile products, toys, computer accessories, housewares, as well as other consumer products. Invention and Design is done on a royalty basis. Over 100 products brought to market with more than 30 patents. (1992-present)
  • Professor of Practice: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia.
    Instructor for various studio courses in the Industrial Design program, School of Design. Featured instruction focusing on startup product development, and invention based design.(2006-present; fall 1989-2001)
  • Chininis Design Studio, Atlanta Georgia
    Online Etsy store featuring products that are designed and manufactured by me in my micro factory. The micro factory includes a 3D printer and a laser cutter, selling a variety of wood and plastic products directly to consumers. (Summer 2015-present)


  • Georgia Institute of Technology: Masters of Science, Industrial Design, College of Architecture, Winter 1996
  • Cleveland Institute of Art: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Spring 1981, Major in Industrial Design, minors in Graphic Design and Painting