I am an industrial designer of with 25 years experience, primarily in the automotive industry but with skills and interest in the broader realm of product design. I am highly creative, flexible and enthusiastic with exceptional skills in theme exploration, development for production, communication skills and prototype creation. I have experience as a design educator. I enjoy mentoring and passing on my knowledge and experiences in the field. Additionally I have about 10 years of experience in photography shooting automotive subjects and models in a variety if genres.
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* Client and self-initiated photography projects including weddings, fashion shows, events, portraits, fine art, glamour and automotive related subjects.
*Design Illustrations: European Car Magazine
*Writing and photography: Car Design News – Online design resource.
*Electric toothbrush sketches/mockups; Sundberg Ferar Inc.*Wheel designs and illustration; Enkei International Inc.
*Corporate graphic identity; Precision Racing Services
*Corporate graphic identity; Gen-X Motorsport Promotions
*T-shirt designs; Southeast Michigan Region Porsche Club
*Miscellaneous automotive/motorsports related graphic design/illustration projects.
* Lead Designer for contracted projects to major heavy truck OEM. Responsible for design concept ideation, theme development and concept renderings and 3D CAD packaging studies.
* Various short term internal product design projects including automotive specialty vehicles, client generation proposals and speculative research designs.
* OEM tire manufacture – Advanced tread design project. Sketches and theme development.
* Internal research projects – Research into various transportation-related markets to determine suitability for business development..
*Lead or contributing designer on a variety of OEM related interior projects, primarily for Toyota Motor Company.
*Lead or contributing designer on a variety of advanced projects for the Japanese design office of Toyota Boshoku.
*Create presentations as needed to support design department needs.
*Spent three months working in Japan on an advanced interior design project for Toyota Motor Company.
*Extensive time conducting benchmarking studies and other design-related research.
*Lead designer for new bagless upright vacuum project, coordinating design, color and graphic details as well as assisting in early prototype construction for evaluation and public intros.
*Manage all design department functions including schedule priorities for self and 2 direct reports, budget allocation and forecasting, equipment and facilities planning, coordination with other departments and research.
*Create presentations as needed to support design department needs and marketing requests/goals.
*Initiated strategic plans in all areas of design particularly color and materials.
*Senior Creative Designer for niche market and second-stage manufacturing opportunities.
*Instructed various Visual Communication courses and Transportation Design courses.
*Provided input into curriculum and Industrial Design dept. goal setting.
*Senior Industrial Designer for in-house and OEM client automotive seating projects.
*Lead designer for the next-generation Chrysler PT Cruiser; 1st and 2nd row seating theme and production design
*Lead designer for General Motor’s 2005 crossover van; seating and collapsible food tray theme and production design follow up
*Provided design support for a variety of other proposals to OEM clients
*Developed proposals for in-house signage
*Active participant/moderator in weekly peer/management critiques
*Senior Industrial Designer on a variety of automotive interior and exterior related projects.
*Created design proposals related to production programs for both internal and external clients on automotive interior related projects.
*Developed, in cooperation with engineers and marketing, new interior related products and technologies to market to OEM clients.
*Collaborated, with sales, marketing and OEM contacts to create special vehicle trim packages, dealer installed interior features and potential aftermarket accessories.
*Obtained a broad base of design experience while rotating through many different studios. These include advanced and production theme design, both interior and exterior, production design development, direction of modeling resources and interaction with prototype shops. Other key responsibilities included providing packaging input, brand identity and image issues, participation in market research activities, directing color and trim resources and coordination of outside vendors in design projects,
*Involvement in a variety of strategic design initiatives working with a focused marketing and advanced engineering group to analyze future product needs and brainstorm new product possibilities.
*Led or made significant contributions to the following designs:
1993 Geo Storm showcar – Interior and Exterior
1995 Pontiac Sunfire – Interior
1998 GMT-800 Full size truck line - Interior
2002 Saturn Vue - Exterior