Essential Design was formed in April 2001 by partners (and former design rivals) Richard Watson and Scott Stropkay. After working in leadership positions at competing international design firms, Richard and Scott teamed together to embark on a mission of delivering more direct and meaningful value as a highly focused design group.

After 15 years, Essential Design has become a leading innovation strategy & design consultancy in the heart of Boston. We work across the healthcare, consumer, and commercial industries, helping our clients conceive and drive to market comprehensive digital, physical, and service experiences. Our multi-disciplinary team leverages powerful thinking and unique perspectives to empower people through design.


  • Health & Wellness
  • Medical Devices & Services
  • Diagnostics
  • Scientific Equipment
  • Consumer Goods & Services
  • Retail Experiences
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Government
  • Sporting Goods
  • Professional Audio
  • Electronics
  • Robotics


  • AIGA
  • Babson MBA
  • Bentley University
  • Consumer Technology Association
  • Design Management Insitute
  • Design Museum Boston
  • General Assembly
  • Harvard
  • IDSA
  • Mass College of Art
  • MassChallenge
  • MassTLC
  • Medical Development Group
  • MIT 2.009
  • Olin College
  • Service Design Network (SDN)
  • Wentworth College


Essential Design is conveniently located in Downtown Boston near Logan Airport and South Station and is easily accessible via plane, train, bus, or automobile.

143 South Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02111

(617) 338-6057

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