KENNETH W. BONTJE Industrial Designer Cell: 516-639-3752

Work Samples

  • Defense Dry Series

  • Argonaut Dive Knife

  • Avalanche Four Season Tent

Work History

WORK HISTORY: November 2012 – Current Product Designer & Development Manager Aqua Lung/ Deep See: Seattle, WA - Design, develop, test, photograph, present, distribute, launch, run QC and monitor warranty claims for all boots, gloves, bags and knives for all Aqua Lung affiliated brands (Aqua Lung, Apeks, O.M.E.R, Aqua Sphere, US Divers, Stohlquist) - Travel to, source and work directly with factories in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Taiwan by developing tech packs, arranging video conferences, visiting and sampling new product -Travel globally to present and discuss new products with affiliate office and distributors. 2010 – Sept. 2012 CAD Designer Town and Country Living: New York City, NY - Successfully designed and sold over 397 products - Design unique textile constructions, illustrate color reduced designs for mass reproduction and expand designs for merchandising and sales presentations - Work directly with factories in China and India to develop product for large orders to be placed in Wal-mart, Costco, Kmart, Target and Dollar General - Develop trend and brand analysis, present concepts and put together sales presentations for kitchen license agreements including Paula Deen, Kitchen-Aid, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Sandra Lee and Fiestaware 2008 - 2010 Hardlines Technical Designer & Consultant, 5.11 Tactical Surplus: Modesto, CA - Develop new camouflage pattern for SWAT and other Law enforcement teams - Draft new soft goods for designer at full scale in Illustrator for production - Develop T-shirt graphics designed for 5.11 Tactical’s target market - Developed the hardlines technical library including all bags, pouches, holsters, belts, pads, watches, glasses, knives and hats using reference sheets in Microsoft Excell - Draft all products in Illustrator at full scale for factory production in China - Collect a bill of materials and pricing for each product - Communicate prototype changes to factories in China to ensure the product is mass-produced to the designer’s specifications 2007-2008 Designer Intern Crye Associates: Brooklyn, NY - Work closely with the US Special Forces to assist in design and develop of new technology including heating systems/masks for high altitude low deploy (HALO) diving suits, CAGE armor chassis, Airframe helmet & chops and gear pouch sets. - Prototype concepts for field testing from patterns built in PAD for manufacturing, casting bullet proof plates for testing, build HALO dive masks from CAD plans, prototype temperature control circulatory systems. SKILLS: Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design, Image Ready, Solidworks, Graphite, PAD, Word, PowerPoint and Excel, Color Reduction and Color Matching FABRICATION: Textiles including bullet proof, waterproof, heat resistant, light resistant, cold resistant, anti-bacterial, high friction and elastics, Industrial sewing, pattern making, wood and metal lathe, milling, foam casting, plastic casting, mold making, and vacuum forming. Materials include several woods, plastics/plastic injections, urethanes, silicones, foams, impact ceramics, fiberglass, resins and clays KEY NOTES: 2004 - 2008 Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni 2004 Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 410


  • Pratt Institute

    • BID Industrial Design
    • 2004 - 2008

    Merit-Based Scholarship

  • Glasgow School of the Arts

    • BID Industrial Design
    • 2007 - 2007

    Foreign Exchange, Product Design



Pratt Institute, Glasgow School of the Arts, Crye Associates, 5.11 Tactical, Town and Country Living, Aqua Lung, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout)