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Katie May is a Senior CMF (colour, material and finish) and Sustainability Strategist working with a diverse set of global clients over transport, packaging, product design and consumer electronics. By using an interdisciplinary design process, Katie May aims to bring positive social and environmental change through materiality. Trained and experienced in circular approaches, Katie May is a certified Circular Specialist by the Circular Economy Institute (CEI).

Holding a BA in Costume Design from the London College of Fashion and an MA in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins Katie May has worked across a wide range of creatives practices that have informed an approach that combines visionary narratives with pragmatic solutions.



  • Repair Roundtable, Design for Planet (Design Council), 2023

  • Forecasting Futures, Goodwood festival of speed, 2023

  • One mission, one planet, Keynote panel at Sustainable Design Summit, 2022

  • Material transitions, What we need to reach net zero, London Design Festival, 2022

  • Design as a driving force for sustainable development, Swarovski Conscious Design Hub at University of the Arts London, 2019


  • To solve climate change, it’s not only what we eat, but how we eat, Fast Company

  • Milan 2023 In Perspective, The Lab 

  • Surfing the web isn’t just bad for your brain—it’s terrible for the environment, Fast Company

  • Design for the Planet, LinkedIn 

  • Can we design our way out of disaster?, Fast Company

  • Cardboard shortage is driving innovation in packaging, Design Week



  • Creative Unions, Central Saint Martins, September 2018 

  • Plasticscene, by James Shaw and Modern Design Review, London Design Festival, 2018

  • Biodesign Here Now, Opencell London, London Design Festival, 2018  

  • Ventura Futures, Milan Design Week 2018

  • Glasgow Science Festival, 2016 

  • Silent Signal Symposium, Derby University, 2015 

  • Wellcome Trust centre for Molecular Parasitology annual conference, 2014 

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