I'm an experienced and skilled Industrial Designer searching for challenging Freelance and Full-time opportunities. I offer years of experience bringing concepts to prototypes, and tested proven products through to the market. Since earning my BFA of Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, I have been focused on providing premium quality ID services to clients around the globe. My process is comprehensive from initial idea to finished product, including Factory Sourcing and Production Management. Contact me to discuss how my diverse talents can help you achieve your unique goals in business and design. Clients include; Eagle Creek, Brenthaven, SMART Design, HELM Boots, Bedouin (UK), DSPTCH, Pelican Products, TENBA, Naneu Pro, Pacific Design, GORUCK, ICON 4x4, Nissan, Ringers Gloves, and more. To contact me to speak about potential design work and additional opportunities, please email me directly at Taylor@TaylorWelden.com

Work Samples

  • BEDOUIN - Delireis roll top backpack

  • YEAGO - sustainable hiking backpack

  • EAGLE CREEK - bags & luggage

Work History

  • Industrial Designer

    • HELM Boots
    • Austin, TX
    • May 2013 - Present (1 year 2 months)

    Design of a classified product. Details to come soon.

  • Creative Director / Industrial Designer

    Research, 2D concept ideation, refinement, prototyping/manufacturing, branding, graphic design, and design direction for a company centered around tactical packs and gear for military personnel, outdoor enthusiasts, and active civilian use. Travel to USA-based factory to work onsite, overseeing prototyping and production.

  • Creative Director / Industrial Designer

    Confidential project.

  • Production Manager / Industrial Designer

    Collaborated with D:E / Design Edge (designedge.com) on the design and refinement of the HackShield Messenger, HackShield Backpack, and HackShield Wallet, with RFID-shielding technology and utilizing Fidlock hardware. Factory sourcing, communications, travel to Asia to oversee prototyping and production on-site at the factory, and more.

  • Industrial Designer

    • DSPTCH
    • San Francisco, CA
    • Jul 2012 - Aug 2013 (1 year 1 month)

    Working with the owner/founder of DSPTCH, I designed two military-inspired packs for the brand; the Ruckpack and the Slingpack. Initial concept ideation through to prototyping.

  • Industrial Designer

    • JUST PORTER
    • Chicago, IL
    • Feb 2012 - Apr 2013 (1 year 2 months)

    Design of a classified product collection. Traveled to The Philippines to work onsite at the factory with the company founder, overseeing prototyping and production.

  • Industrial Designer

    • KRU
    • Minneapolis, MN
    • Mar 2012 - Mar 2013 (1 year)

    Confidential project.

  • Industrial Designer

    Working with the brand's founder and factory, I aided in refinement and prototyping for production of the Delireis backpack.

  • Industrial Designer

    Confidential project.

  • Industrial Designer

    Design of a kitchen appliance.

  • Industrial Designer

    2D concept ideation, product refinement to add value and increase positive user experience. Creation of factory tech packages for prototyping/production of several Eagle Creek products and collections.

  • Industrial Designer

    Confidential project.

  • Industrial Designer

    • ICON 4x4
    • San Francisco, CA
    • Feb 2012 - Jun 2012 (4 months)

    Confidential project.

  • Industrial Designer

    • BRENTHAVEN
    • Seattle, WA
    • May 2011 - Aug 2011 (3 months)

    Confidential project.

  • Industrial Designer

    • TENBA
    • Rochester, NY
    • Jun 2008 - May 2011 (2 years 11 months)

    Collaborated with major camera bag manufacturer on design and specifications of an upscale camera bag collection as well as a prosumer camera bag collection. Concept through production.

  • Industrial Designer

    Design of a hybrid backpack collection which combines the watertight and crushproof benefits of a Pelican hard shell case with the increased ergonomic comfort and ease of access of softgoods carry.

  • Industrial Designer

    • MAKERS UNION
    • Columbus, OH
    • Jan 2009 - Jan 2011 (2 years)

    Design of an innovative hybrid backpack for urban bicyclists. 2D concept ideation, refinement, sampling, user testing, and prototyping for production.

  • Industrial Designer

    • HAULGOOD GEAR
    • Washington, DC
    • Jan 2010 - Jan 2011 (1 year)

    Confidential project.

  • Industrial Designer

    Design of a full-featured adventure backpack for international travelers.

  • Industrial Designer

    Design of NFPA-approved Structural Firefighting Gloves.

  • Industrial Designer

    • GENTERRA CASEWORKS
    • Houston, DE
    • Jan 2010 - Mar 2010 (2 months)

    Confidential project.

  • Industrial Designer

    • KIBOSH
    • Mumbai, India
    • Jan 2010 - Jan 2010

    Confidential project.

  • Industrial Designer

    • NIMBLE : GOODS, GEAR, BAGS
    • Austin, TX
    • Jan 2009 - Jan 2010 (1 year)

    Design of a classified ergonomically-focused business travel product collection.

  • Industrial Designer

    • BRUSHMASTER
    • Austin, TX
    • Jan 2008 - Jan 2010 (2 years)

    Confidential project.

  • Industrial Designer

    • NISSAN
    • Hong Kong
    • May 2009 - Sep 2009 (4 months)

    Design of two complete softgoods collections to accompany the launch of two new NISSAN vehicles specific to the Hong Kong market.

  • Industrial Designer

    Full-time, in-house, Product Designer. Technology-based backpacks, packs, bags, cases, and more. Project Lead on a variety of product collections. Creation of Sustainable Materials Library for the company. OEM projects for DELL Computers. Established connections with multiple innovative material inventors. Daily communication with several international factories. Concept through production.

  • Design Manager / Industrial Designer

    • VELDINI
    • BC
    • Dec 2007 - Dec 2008 (1 year)

    Design of an innovative premium wrist watch inspired by James Bond. Responsible for creation and organization of 4-person Industrial Design team. Design preparation for manufacturing. Concept through production.

  • Industrial Designer

    • GORUCK
    • Bozeman, MT
    • Jun 2008 - Nov 2008 (5 months)

    2D concept ideation, refinement, and creation of initial product direction for a company centered around tactical backpacks and gear for active military and civilian use.

  • Industrial Designer

    • SHUGON
    • Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Sep 2008 - Nov 2008 (2 months)

    Traveled to and lived in Tel Aviv for design of a classified product, working directly with the CEO of Shugon.

  • Industrial Designer

    • NANEU PRO
    • Orlando, FL
    • Feb 2008 - Sep 2008 (7 months)

    Full-time, in-house, sole Product Designer. Development of camera bags and packs for consumer, amateur, and professional photographers. Designed, Refined, and/or Developed an estimated 30 individual products within 7 product families, in less than one year. International travel to multiple factories in China. Daily communication with multiple international factories. 3D CAD modeling. Human factors evaluation. Graphic Design and print media assistance. Design of international trade show booth layout, POP displays, Promotional products. Blog author. Concept through production.

Education

  • Savannah College of Art and Design

    • BFA of Industrial Design Industrial Design
    • 2002 - 2006

    - Dean's List Awards. - SCAD-LACOSTE Study Abroad Program: 2004. Studied/lived in a medieval village in Provence, France for 3 months. - SCAD-LONDON Study Abroad Program: 2005. Studied/lived in downtown London for 2+ weeks.

Specialties

Affiliations

CARRYOLOGY.com , CORE77.com , HUCKBERRY.com , Among others.

Awards

- National and International design awards. - Work featured and published globally.

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