MY BACKGROUND: Ambitiously creative design professional with +10 years developing consumer-oriented products, presentation quality prototypes, and problem-solving solutions. A highly-skilled developer of niche-market branded products for high quantity distribution. Track record of highly successful product design for major retailers, 4 design patents +5 pending, multiple forms of rapid-prototyping, design for injection molding, wood and MDF construction. Well versed in creating product solutions that drive a brand identity and capitalize on unique selling points.

Work Samples

  • Noria Window AC - Noria Technologies

  • Kono Thermostat - Lux Products

  • Smart Lock Box - Igloo Home

Work History

  • Lead Industrial Designer

    Noria was the personal project of Kurt Swanson while heading the product development company Likuma Labs. While working on client projects I was tasked with the Industrial Design of both the Noria window air conditioner and it's window adapter. The original working prototype was hand-built at our home office, Next Fab, and proved that similar BTU efficiency could be reached at half the size. We chose Kickstarter as our funding platform which led to a very successful campaign, raising over $2 Million.

  • Owner

    • DEV3D
    • Philadelphia, PA
    • Nov 2012 - Present (4 years 11 months)

    DEV3D is a freelance Industrial Design company based in Philadelphia that provides unique services for customers in need of product design solutions. Projects range from personal hygiene and medical to hydration and electronics. The process includes digital concept sketching, 3D modeling in Solidworks and photo-realistic renderings of the final product.

    For projects that require mechanical engineering and design for manufacturing, I have joined with Likuma Labs who specializes in full product development.

  • Lead Industrial Designer

    • Likuma Labs
    • Philadelphia, PA
    • Mar 2014 - Jul 2017 (3 years 4 months)

    Designed award winning and one of a kind products for medical, IoT, and consumer products companies including Noria, Biomeme, Paw5, Igloohome, Mobile Outfitters and Lux Products to which 2 design patents have been issued and 1 filed.
    https://instagram.com/likumalabs/

  • Senior Industrial Desinger

    Led the drinkware team to develop new body styles, construction methods and material uses for the latest hydration products with over 120 new designs and 30 multifunctional storage solutions for major National retailers. Created presentation-quality renderings including section-views, and exploded views in Keyshot. Generated detailed 2D dimension drawings specifying color, size, material of components in direct collaboration with Chinese manufacturers.

  • Industrial Design Contractor

    • DesignThink
    • Phoenixville, PA
    • Nov 2012 - Feb 2013 (3 months)

    I worked with Junior and Senior Industrial Designers as well as Mechanical Engineers to develop product solutions for major clients such as Graco, Bostitch and Black&Decker on very short deadlines. This involved a multi-phase design process which demanded a thorough market research phase, creative problem solving, extensive hand sketching on a Wacom Cintiq and 3D modeling in Solidworks.

  • Senior Industrial Designer

    Key member of the fan and heater design team tasked with developing competitive product solutions for the home comfort market. Hand crafted physical working models from 3D printed SLS/SLA materials for internal and client presentations. Products designed were produced in mass quantity sold to Lowes, Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond to which 3 patents have been granted.

  • MIG Welder and Fabricator

    I assisted Gary in the fabrication and design of custom built steel, bronze and copper furniture for trade shows. His design methods for his custom furniture used paper and Masonite for which I brought into Solidworks to help begin to organize his template library. I also helped generate 3D renderings of his existing work versus his traditional photography.

Education

  • Prism Engineering

    • Certified Associate Advanced Solidworks Training
    • 2007 - 2012

    Solid Modeling, Surfacing, Assemblies, Molding Techniques

  • The University of The Arts

    • BS Industrial Design
    • 2003 - 2007

Specialties

Awards

3 Design Patents Issued, 5 Pending Promising Artist Award - 2003 The Jane Darley Naeye Industrial Design Award - 2006 Designs featured on Coroflot, Core77, YankoDesign UArts Alumni Exhibition 2015 Kickstarter/Indiegogo Project 'Noria' earned $2.2MM - 2016 Featured in UARTS Edge Magazine - Spring 2016 Featured in UARTS Edge Magazine - Winter 2017

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