Stuart Penman
User Research Associate

Research feeds Stuart's endless, general curiosity. He has always been most interested in people — how we operate, what motivates us, the things and experiences we choose to hold on to and what we let fall by the wayside.

Stuart’s one-sentence “cover letter” to Bresslergroup stated, “I want to work with smart people on interesting projects. “That’s exactly what he got. Stuart works collaboratively with other researchers, designers, and engineers across all phases of a project, from upfront planning and study design to data collection and analysis. He’s often happily out in the field. A lot of his work is in the details, picking up on the little things most people take for granted and seeing the big potential in seemingly basic insights.

Stuart has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, a healthy contempt for the status quo, and an ability to quickly understand complex systems. Prior to joining Bresslergroup, he worked as a research assistant at the MIT Media Lab, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for an interactive public light sculpture, and consulted on strategy for Samsung Electronics and a hybrid venture capital firm. Outside of work Stuart stays active by biking, hiking, camping, sailing, and woodworking.

What's your favorite all-time product? The rigging knife I’ve had since I was eight. It’s never let me down. What are you most curious about? People. Finish this sentence: Design is ... ... seeing things from another point of view.