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Industrial Design Lead
I am currently an Industrial Design Lead @ InForm Product Development, and I'm working on creating the coolest products/artwork I can on a day to day basis!
InForm Product Development: June 07 - present
Along with maintaining an active design and project management role in a variety of projects, my new responsibilities as Industrial Design Lead with InForm are to establish company direction and lead the design team in regards to tools, methods, and practices in the ID group to improve company performance and profit. These include, but are not limited to advanced computer modeling and rendering, design thinking and research methodology.
At InForm I have worked on numerous projects from initial brainstorming and conceptualization phases and seen them through final design, engineering and prototyping phases and eventually onto the maketplace in the areas of; consumer electronics, industrial tools, fitness, medical, military, hunting and recreational outdoor products and futuristic transportation.
I have also gained experience as a project manager while at InForm, writing proposals and estimates and operating projects effectively within their allowances and constraints.
Most recently I helped lead the company's expansion into a more research-based design process. This has allowed us to create more innovative product solutions that better fit the needs of our clients and their customers. In conjunction with this effort, I also helped lead the redesign of our company brand and website.
Hunter Fan Company, Business Innovation Group: June 06 - December 06
The Business Innovation Group was comprised of a small group of designers and engineers that sought out new technologies and ideas and created applicable product solutions from them based on extensive competitor product and user research. These products would then be applied to existing Hunter product lines, or used as pioneer products to open new markets for the company.
NillaFunk Clothing: May 09 - present
NillaFunk Clothing is a personal side project/company designing and creating t-shirts (and possibly other apparel in the future) from my personal artwork and that of artist friends.
Dave Knebes LLC: 2006
During college I did some freelance POP work designing displays and establishing corporate identity for multiple industrial products.
Warhawk (Playstation 3) design competition: 2008
I was selected as 1 of 4 grand prize winners in the design competition for the PS3 game Warhawk. For this competition I designed airplane graphics and icons that would be implemented into the games first online patch/expansion.
Vision Fitness collaborative group design competition: 2006
For this project we (MIAD student group) designed and developed a futuristic treadmill and user interface for Vision Fitness based on projection/holographic technologies, NASA research, video games, etc. Our design group built a rough prototype using film and animation as well as existing and modified treadmill components for Vision Fitness to use at their yearly business conference in China.
In a second competition we designed a store layout as well as POP artifacts that promoted existing and future Vision Fitness products.
Bemis collaborative group design competition: 2006
In this project we (MIAD student group) designed a luxury and an exotic toilet seat that was meant to expand Bemis' internal notions of what their products could become and create awareness of their brand outside of the company.
Milwaukee Public Schools student assistance project: 2006
This design project was focused around designing assistant learning and living devices for Milwaukee Public School students with severe mental and/or physical handicaps. Extensive human factor and cultural research had to be conducted in order to create usable end product solutions and prototypes that were also cool enough in appearance that students wouldn't be embarrased to be using them.
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
'Warhawk' Design Competition Winner
1rst Place Vision Fitness Collaborative
2nd Place Vision Fitness Collaborative
3rd Place Bemis Collaborative
Scholastic Silver Key Award