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As Americans we have a consumer driven culture that ceaselessly regurgitates the "more for less" gospel. This business philosophy leaves no room for innovation, but cleverly dresses up styling in the clothing of meaningful change. In this world, design is dead, or at least its definition has changed. If design is what i learned in school, then I would like to move into the field of craftsmanship.
We are currently living in an idea bubble. We over value ideas and idea generators. In preparation for the bubble to burst I am seeking applicable knowledge towards concept research, realization, and production. In a focus on quality over price I am focusing on small scale skill based production. I am interested in opportunities to work in upholstery, leather working, welding, finishing or foundry.
I am incredibly desk averse.
Opthamology Work Station
- Ben Lewis Creative.
- Nov 2009 - Present (4 years 1 month)
Developed a one piece display fixture through research and innovation to interface with both of the predominant retail display systems. This doubled production volume to reduce per unit cost. Used visual communication to convey complex ideas to Chinese factories, ensuring original design intent and product quality. Redesigned a helmet fit system, reducing the cost by over 50%. The result is a universal design which is operable with only one hand. Conceived, developed, and implemented a holistic brand solution for a high end apparel start up that spans the physical product, website interface, and social media. http://benlewiscreative.com
Senior Graphic Designer
- Stamp Print Shop
- May 2011 - Feb 2013 (1 year 9 months)
Creatively combined existing production methods to meet customer's design expectations and project budgets. Revitalized social media to expand our sales beyond our local market, earning national recognition on a sports blog with 23.4M unique hits per month. http://www.stamplify.com
- Plainsman Bikes
- Mar 2011 - Jul 2012 (1 year 4 months)
Funded, organized, marketed, and managed a non profit bike shop start up. Publicly presented our values and services to the Auburn City Council to successfully battle legislation that stood in conflict with our mission statement. I worked closely with the Planning and Zoning Office to explore possible locations for the shop. http:/plainsmanbikes.org
- Elevations Inc.
- May 2010 - Jul 2010 (2 months)
Automated over a third of company projects to reduce CAD production time by over 80%. This allowed the company to meet customer demands without expanding its design team. http://www.elevations.com/
- Jan 2008 - Mar 2008 (2 months)
- Studio Red
- Apr 2007 - Jun 2007 (2 months)
- DenTek Oral Care, Inc.
- Sep 2006 - Dec 2006 (3 months)
- New Balance
- Apr 2006 - Jun 2006 (2 months)
Carnegie Mellon University
- Masters in Product Development Product Development
- 2013 - 2014
University of Cincinnati
- Bachelors of Science Design
- 2003 - 2008
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- na International Design Workshop
- 2005 - 2005
A cross cultural design workshop drawing students from Korea, China, Holland, Sweden, and the US. This experience provided an insight to different design philosophies as well as different regional cultures. Eight years later I can look back and say that as Americans, we had been culturally indoctrinated into a dogma of longer hours and fewer breaks. My specific undergraduate program focused more intently on the what than the why. We were trained to move forward and produce while our Asian and European counterparts were more dedicated to find out why we were producing and what needed to be produced.