Cynthia Hathaway, (CDN) is an Design Educator, Creative Consultant and Designer based in The Netherlands. Although known for her various product designs, Hathaway's portfolio includes larger scale designs in which objects are not always stand-alone entities but reflect and support a bigger design. Hathaway's focus includes design research (on location and in the books), concept development and final designs often based on social themes such as community and local industry regeneration, mobility and customization, food and city production and design methodologies for social sustainability.
Many projects of Hathaway are reliant upon and reflective of a co-creative and collaborative relationship with individuals, groups or communities. Because of the social dimension of the projects, the productions of Hathaway are inspirational models to be implemented into the streets and lives of people, and thus a project's success is heavily determined by a dynamic flexing towards the audience with whom it interacts and reflects.
Hathaway's designs are in the collections of Droog and DroogLab, and the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum of New York. Hathaway has taught at various Academies including the Design Academy Eindhoven, The Rietveld and the Sandberg Institutes in Amsterdam.She is currently a Design Researcher at the Design Academy Eindhoven, and a Director of the System D Academy at the Sandberg Institute.