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Industrial Designer passionate about improving the human con...
New York City, NY
I am a native New Yorker and industrial design graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Being a non-traditional graduate with extensively diverse work and life experiences has allowed me to come into design with a wealth of accumulated insight: the kind that facilitates problem identification and solving.
A history of engagement with an array of real-world products, systems and people has made me more of a well-rounded aspiring designer. Though insight and intuition help, I don't let preconceived assumptions cloud my design process. I challenge them by truly understanding the problem at hand by way of intense research, observation and most importantly, empathy.
Though I have a strong affinity for housewares and consumer products, my design interests extend across many industries; such as medical, consumer electronics, soft goods, children's design, appliances and lifestyle design. I am also intrigued by the areas of universal and transgenerational design.
I am also bilingual: fluent English-Spanish.
ovo - Intra-Home Communication Device
Tandem - Dual-Chamber Coffee Percolator
Industrial Design intern - contract designer
- World Kitchen
- Chicago, IL
- Apr 2013 - Jul 2013 (3 months)
Contributed supplemental support to the design team with their personal projects in the form of sketching (analog & digital), basic mockups, 3D Objet printing & clean-up station tasks, presentation board printing/mounting/set-up, basic product photography, and ethnographic observation-documentation.
Assigned a confidential project specifically for the Pyrex® brand (with guidance from design team), which involved online trend and product research, basic survey/ethnography studies, ideation and refinement sketches, final presentation involving design, brand and marketing teams.
Industrial Design Intern
- STRENG - Design and Innovation Consultation Firm
- Aug 2012 - Dec 2012 (4 months)
Conducted product-trend research and developed trend boards, created quick ideation and refined sketches, and participated in intense brainstorming and problem-solving sessions with design staff. Created Rhino 3D models of some potential concepts for presentation.
Participation in a one-on-one project with Christopher Streng that involved 3D Rhino modeling of a private project where I reported to him for modifications and approval of final models.
Library Student Manager
- University of Wisconsin-Stout
- May 2008 - Dec 2011 (3 years 7 months)
Planning, directing, and monitoring the work of student workers. Front desk customer service,
handling patron inquiries, checking in-out of library items, re-shelving books, answering phones, and inventory. Laptop, digital camera & video equipment support for borrowing students.
Bilingual Human Services Representative
- Hennepin County WIC
- Dec 2004 - Aug 2007 (2 years 8 months)
Communicate program information and determine client pre-eligibility for the WIC program (Women, Infants and Children) via phone interviews, set up appointments for clients to further determine their eligibility or refer clients to additional community resources and services. Use of a variety of computer systems to access and enter client data.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
- BFA Industrial Design
- 2007 - 2011
Brainco - Minneapolis School of Advertising
- No degree conferred Copywriting & Art Direction
- 2005 - 2006
Courses in copywriting, art direction, and graphic design. (no degree conferred)