Hathaway Designs is led by designer Cynthia Hathaway. Hathaway Designs focus includes participatory artistic research (in location and with communities), concept development, prototypes and designs based on social themes such as community and local industry regeneration (Car Mecca), food and city production (XXL City Harvester), design methodologies for social sustainability (The Mennonite and Amish Design Methodology) and the production of public space (The Department of Search).
Hathaway Designs designs meeting spaces for marginalized voices and productions that are not always heard and acknowledged, but are vital for the development of resilient communities. The productions of Hathaway Designs are working prototypes placed in a context to reveal and celebrate local material and knowledge resources (human, natural and animal), and kick start self-organization. The prototypes (whether it be a sweatershop and wool organization, a corn field or a miniature train track), are built in collaboration with local inhabitants, and upon shared values. Hathaway's designs create open, public spaces for interaction, production and debate, and a new sense of citizenry in places of disconnection.
The "#1" website is still active and available to look at by seeing the "Archive" section in the left list of sections. Although still concentrating on product design, the Hathaway Designs portfolio is expanding to include larger scale designs in which objects serve an important role, but are not always singular stand-alone entities. They reflect and support a bigger design.