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  • Ben Guthrie

    Designer // Equipment at The North Face

    San Francisco, CA

I was raised with a box of Legos and have always been fascinated in the art of "making things" I’m inspired by the impact of design, and aspire to improve peoples’ lives in my work. Every problem has a solution, it's just a matter of creative thinking and hard work that leads there. I believe collaboration is key, as well as an optimistic yet critical perspective. Aside from design, I love the outdoors, and try to get out to enjoy the fresh air whenever I can. I am currently enjoying life in the SF bay area and always tinkering.

Work Samples

  • fall 14 packs

  • urban pack concept

  • oxo drying mat

Work History

  • Designer // Equipment

    Lead technical designer

  • Designer // Global Accessories

    Lead designer for Men's bags and hats

  • Contract Designer // Snowsports

    Worked on special apparel projects for Fall 15 and led the hardgoods design of custom trims

  • Contract Designer // Equipment

    Focused on designing daypacks and technical packs. Led the hardgoods design of new custom trim sets for each product line, such as buckles, tension-locks, zipper pulls, cord-locks, etc.

  • Industrial Designer

    • Fathom
    • Oakland, CA
    • Oct 2011 - Oct 2012 (1 year)

    Led the design group at this prototyping-focused product development consultancy. Projects primarily involved product design, but also included packaging design and visual communication design.

  • Industrial Designer

    • Plastikon Industries Inc
    • Jan 2011 - Oct 2011 (9 months)

    Product and graphic design for a variety of in-house and consulting projects at all phases of development; spanning housewares, medical, automotive, and renewable-energy industries.

  • Industrial Design Intern

    • Smart Design
    • Mar 2010 - Sep 2010 (6 months)

    Collaborated with many disciplines on projects for high-profile clients in the medical, consumer electronics and goods industries. Conducted extensive research including user studies, product testing, emerging technology and market audits. Participated in many simultaneous projects at various design phases; brainstorming, multiple iterations of concept sketching, prototype engineering, visual modeling, and final presentation deliverables.

  • Contract Designer

    • Kotis Design
    • Sep 2009 - Mar 2010 (6 months)

    Logo Development and Design, Apparel Graphic Design

  • Industrial Design Intern

    • Built Design
    • Jun 2008 - Jul 2009 (1 year 1 month)

    Focus on product design and development with occasional projects in environment design, brand strategy, identity, and visual development. Worked primarily with clients in the active outdoor industry.


  • University of Washington

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts Industrial Design
    • 2004 - 2009

    2009 IDSA Senior Merit Award



IDSA Senior Merit Award 2009, University of Washington // UWID Trapster Design Competition 2009, First Place // Dean’s List Award, Academic Excellence 2006 - 2009 // IDSA Junior Merit Award Finalist 2008