Helena is an editorial designer based in Berlin with a strong background in visual arts. Her passion is visual storytelling particularly for luxury brands and publications. She has over four years experience working internationally in India, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the U.K. In 2015 she co-founded Koch & Co, an online retailer for men's footwear based in Berlin. 

Selected Clients

Snapchat, Geofilter Designer

Transgression, Brand & Web Designer
Cosmopolitan, Contributing Layout Designer
EF Education, Desktop Publisher
Regina Magazine, Lead Layout Designer
A La Mode, Brand & Web Designer

HEC Paris, Lead Layout Designer
Fleur de Press, Editorial Designer
20to30.com, Logo & Corporate Identity Designer

Selected Exhibitions & Residencies

June 2013 - Hord Songs, Potteries Art Gallery and Museum, Stoke on Trent
Sept 2013 - Leonardo Da Vinci Travel Grant, Montagnana, Italy
Aug' 2013 - Factory Nights Commission, Trentham Site
Nov’ 2012 - Portraits of Britain, ESRC. The Strand Gallery, London.
Sept 2012 - Park in Progress, WEYA, Nottingham Castle
July 2012 - Islington Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, Salford
July 2012 - Summer Salon, Christian Lennon Gallery, London.
Mar' 2012 - Days of 49 Revisited, IdeasFund Innovators, Manchester

Apr' 2012 - 200 Faces, The Photographic Angle, London, Bristol, Birmingham
June 2010 - Creative Future Enterprises, Riga, Latvia

Aug' 2009 - Dorothy Ottoman Textiles Travel Grant, Venice, Italy

Selected Press

2014 - ‘An Investigation into the Use of Family Portraiture to Create Fragmented Memories in Contemporary Textile Art’, Ciara Delane
2013 - ‘Memory and its Function in Creating Visual Narratives in Photographic Art’, Jessica Reeder, Thesis
2012 - The Complete Photo Manual (Popular Photography), Weldon Owen
2012 - ‘Five Minutes with Helen Stead’, Creative Boom
2012 - ‘The Pulse of Mixed Media’, Seth Apter, North Light Books
2011 - Guardian Student Media Awards, Guardian Online

Client Testimonials

"Helen was relentless in making sure my project worked. [...] She bought creativity, caring, skilled advice and passion to my project." Ralph Kerle

"Helen is simply outstanding. The quality of her work is superb and her communication skills throughout the project were exceptional. I highly recommend Helen to anyone looking for an incredibly talented contractor."James Fry




Helena Stead
Berlin, Germany

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