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  • Kenneth Bontje

    Industrial Designer

    Seattle, WA

KENNETH W. BONTJE Industrial Designer Bontje.id@Gmail.com # 516-639-3752

Work Samples

  • Aqua Lung: Aquaflex Scuba Wetsuit

  • Aqua Lung: Explorer Bag Collection

  • Aqua Lung: Argonaut Dive Knife

Work History

  • Product Designer & Development Manager

    - Design and develop Scuba apparel and accessories
    - Material research and concept ideation with a focus on trim and construction
    - Scuba marketplace trend and consumer analysis
    - Development of technical specifications for communication with foreign factories
    - Strategize design with manufacturing to drive price targets
    - Present seasonal product launches with global affiliates

  • CAD Designer

    - Design and illustrate unique textile constructions
    - Color reduced designs for mass reproduction
    - Expand design collections for merchandising in Costco, Target and Walmart
    - Work directly with factories in China and India
    - Develop trend and brand analysis for Kitchen-Aid, Ralph Lauren and Fiestaware
    - Present concepts and sales presentations for kitchen textile license agreements

  • Hardlines Technical Designer & Consultant

    • 5.11 Tactical
    • Modesto, CA
    • Aug 2008 - Apr 2010 (1 year 8 months)

    - Design new camouflage pattern for SWAT and other Law enforcement teams
    - Draft soft goods for production
    - Design T-shirt graphics for 5.11 Tactical’s target market
    - Develop and maintain the hardlines technical library including all bags, pouches, holsters, belts, pads, watches, glasses, knives and hats
    - Make bills of material and establish pricing for each product
    - Communicate prototype changes and specifications to factories

  • Intern Puppet Builder

    • Puppet Heap
    • Hoboken, NJ
    • Jan 2009 - Apr 2009 (3 months)

    - Assistant puppet builder working on Muppets, including Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Bobo, Rizzo and Kermit.
    - Assisted in the design and build of Terry Fader's Crash Test Dummy, which is currently being performed with at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

  • Design Intern

    - Work with the US Special Forces to develop new technologies including heating systems and masks for HALO diving suits, bullet proof chassis, and pouches
    - Prototype concepts for field testing from patterns built in PAD, cast bullet proof plates for testing, build fiberglass HALO diving masks, prototype temperature control & circulatory systems for HALO diving suit


  • 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)