Anything we design interacts with humans. With every project I get involved with, I always think about how to design experiences through the medium (print, digital, product, service and etc... ) for creative solutions to identified issues. My approach is to create solutions to problems using a series of methodologies / processes geared towards improving people’s sense of wellbeing. In principle, their approach through human centered design helps to facilitate and change human behavioral routing. Although most of my work applies these principles not all of the work I enjoy creating utilizes these strategies, as I still enjoy the most rudimentary form of industrial design as it`s rich traditions still manage to wet my soul to very core. I love working in a positive team environment. * Current * I just moved back to Canada after working in Japan for 3 years as a private D design consultant. I helped japanese design offices with international client projects where there was a need to translate and make sense of non japanese "design thinking" and have it make sense for them so the projects could be completed smoothly.

Work Samples

  • ALTRU CHAIR

  • Clocknote

  • ( Education) 4th Year Thesis

Work History

June 2010 - Present SmartLAB DESIGN JAPAN Design Director Local Start-Up Design Company focusing on Branding and Innovation • Strong implementation of Human Centered Design and Design Thinking as strategies towards projects June2009 - Present IC4 DESIGN HIROSHIMA JAPAN Design Consultant Provided cross cultural perspective for understanding western design philosophies along with translation and understanding of international client projects to reach specific art direction goals. For example "AMTRAK National Train Day 2010" June2009 - July2012 English Teacher within Japanese Public School System Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Japan. Taught English to young minds along with acting as a social ambassador to foreign culture for japanese children. Provided a window to culture and ideas that were not japanese along with providing foreign experiences to challenge their ability to communicate. Freelance Designer 2008 - 2009 During the final year of University I started doing freelance design work for local clients as well as small design competitions in the Toronto Region. Projects ranged from Conceptual Development of sneakers, to "User Insights" research for local start up companies attempting to develop recognizable brands or services for north american audiences. Some city proposals to Crown Corporations of Canada ie. GOTRANSIT were also created in response to municipal/provincial governments having surplus to tackle social issues. UMOMO Design Internship/Co-op - Dennis Lin October 2006 - January 2007 Assistant in conceptual development of designed displays for client work. Assisted in construction of installations pre-designed in concept stage. Participated in critical thinking, and feedback of design directions, material construction, and overall scope of each project. Researched design direction to fulfill brief of each project for client to establish design needs. EDUCATION Ontario College of Art and Design B.Des of Industrial Design Sept 2004 - June 2008 University of Toronto DesignWorks ROTMAN Practicum Oct 2007 - March 2008 Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology Industrial Design Diploma Program (3yrs) 1yr completed Sept 2001 - April 2002 Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology Design Foundations Sept 2000 - April 2001 DESIGN COMPETITIONS Opus Eyewear 2005-2007 Competitions Bell Design Competition finalist 2005-2006 Osaka Design Competition 2006 Volvo Sports Design Award for Women finalist 2004 VOLUNTEER Ontario College of Art & Design Gradshow Designer • Mobile Nations Conference Resid.Blog. • Creativity & Innovation Week Rep for Ontario Science Centre LANGUAGES English (Native) French (Basic) Japanese (conversational/ some written)

Education

Ontario College of Art & Design

Specialties

Awards

2008 B.Des Industrial Design (Honors) Jan 2006 Bell Canada Design Competition 2rd place finalist Nov 2005/2007 Opus Eyewear Design Competition (Shortlist) May 2006 Osaka Design Competition Feb 2004 Volve Sport Design for Women Competition (Shortlist)

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