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Erik Klemm erikklemm@gmail.com Los Angeles, CA Design Manager: Performance Giant Bicycle, Inc. Los Angeles, CA - Taichung, Taiwan May 2015 - Present Leading the way for Giant’s performance products of Road, Mountain and components. Bringing a new level of sport and sophistication to form development, graphics and color matching. Facilitating teamwork between our designers and pushing the boundaries of creation. Lead Designer: Road Giant Bicycle, Inc. Los Angeles, CA - Taichung, Taiwan Oct '11 - April '15 Managing a team of designers for our Performance On-Road products. Providing the most stylish and best performing road bikes to the consumer and our athletes. Leading the research, ideation, sketching / graphics / refinement / modeling, and manufacturing of these products. Also responsible for the design and development of other accessories: Ranging from apparel, components, and products that make up the cycling experience. Senior Industrial Designer, Giant Bicycle Newbury Park, CA Aug '07 - Oct '11 Global team member responsible for the design and development of bikes and accessories. Involvement from beginning to end including close interaction with professional athletes, user groups, category managers, and working with Giant facilities in Taiwan and China. Designing the smallest details up to helping establish Giant's Global Design Language. Helped lead the development of many complete lineups like the 2010 Maestro Mountain bike series and the 2012 Road compilation.. Industrial Designer, HS-Design Gladstone, NJ June '04 - Aug '07 Responsible for all phases of product design from research through production: User research, trend boards, brainstorming, concept sketches, modeling, renderings, and final material/color selections. Primary focus on consumer, medical, and commercial products. Working closely with larger corporations to small start-ups in developing new design solutions. Industrial Designer, The Perfect Impression Morris Plains, NJ Oct '02 - June '04 Worked on a variety of products relating to the medical and consumer promotional industry. Research, brain-storming, concept development, and dealing with overseas factories. Adjunct Faculty, Kean University Union, NJ Aug '03 - June '07 Instructor of a 3 credit sketching class in the Kean Design department. Students gain a better understanding of sketch techniques and presentation ranging from traditional to digital media. - Education Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design Virginia Polytechnic and State University Blacksburg, VA May 2002 - Capabilities Software: -Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchbook Pro -Surface/Solid modeling in Siemens NX10, Solidworks 2015, Fusion360, Keyshot, Dimension 3d printing -InDesign, Acrobat, Power Point, Excel, Word Other: -Brainstorming, user & contextual research, and compilation of data for presentations. -Concept sketches of line art through refined Illustrator and Photoshop renderings. -Foam modeling and mock-ups. -Presentation 3D and 2D renderings. -Knowledge of injection molding, pressure forming, two-shot overmolding, carbon-fiber composites, etc. - Awards & Activities 2014 TCX Advanced: ROAD Magazine Editor's Choice "If looks alone could win 'cross races, the new TCX Advanced from Giant would dominate," says ROAD. 2013 Propel Advanced 0 BikeRadar: Best in Show 2013 Propel Advanced SL 3: BikeRadar: 4.5 out of 5 Stars “The Propel radiates a lasting impression of truly impressive pace, impeccable manners and race bike responsiveness.” 2013 TCR SL 1: Bicycling Magazine: Editor's Choice "The TCR is not only stiff, but it also delivers a comfortable level of damping, which left me feeling tired but not beat up after long rides.” 2013 TCR Advanced SL: VeloNews Editor's Choice 2009 Bike of the Year: AnthemX - What Mountain Bike UK IDEA Honorable Mention '08 Bios Defender CES Innovations Winner ‘07 BioAxxis Locks ‘08 FindMeSpot GPS RESI Awards Judge: 2006 - 2009 IDSA Member: '03 - present; Merit Scholar - VT USM Haller Modular Systems: Senior Thesis Scholarship


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    • BSID Industrial Design
    • 1998 - 2002