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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

Education

  • Pratt Institute

    • BID Industrial Design
    • 2004 - 2008

    Merit-Based Scholarship

  • Glasgow School of the Arts

    • BID Industrial Design
    • 2007 - 2007

    Foreign Exchange, Product Design

Specialties

Affiliations

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)

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