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  • Colin Murphy

    Industrial Designer at Delta Cycle

    Boston, MA

I love design. I love the process, the innovation, the act of making. Each problem has an infinite number of solutions, but the evolution of a singular design towards its most elegant end product is what drives me to achieve. I want to utilize my background in design and entrepreneurship with my experience in the professional world and combine it with my enthusiasm for that evolution and process. Whether it's strategy, branding, ideation or product development, the entire spectrum of Industrial Design is what drives me to succeed.

Work Samples

  • Volta Solar Charger

  • Archeology: A robot Chess Set

Work History

  • Product Design Community Manager

    • Cut&Paste Global
    • Dec 2013 - Present (3 years 11 months)

    Cut&Paste is where designers come to play. As the Product Design Community Manager, I worked closely with designers and contractors to develop and produce Small Spaces, a successful 24-hour product Hackathon sponsored by HP. Helped to create LaunchBox, a pre-crowdfunding contest, coaching more than 400 international design entrepreneurs through the submission process.

    Small Spaces - designed format for international design Hackathon and planned schedule, set deadlines, wrote brief, coached designers, conducted interviews, and storyboarded the multimedia recap

    LaunchBox - created competition, wrote brief, recruited international designers to take part in event, supported designers with feedback and critiques, narrowed down entries for final selection

  • Designer

    • Delta Design
    • Aug 2013 - Present (4 years 3 months)

    Delta Design is the parent company of Delta Cycle, CDrive, The Art of Storage, QuickStick and Yube Cube. As the sole designer, I work on a wide range of products simultaneously (bicycle accessories, home storage, movable hooks and modular storage) which has enabled me to hone my organization and time management skills.

    -New product research - white spaces, consumer trends, market research and user experience
    -Concept generation and ideation - sketching, prototpying, phase 1 3D modeling
    -Packaging - oversee outside contractors for the rebranding of Delta Cycle’s more than 35 SKUs. Run line reviews, ensure packaging continuity. Created packaging for Target’s Embark brand
    -POP displays - designed and laid out multiple sizes and styles of planograms, using both custom and off-the-shelf displays
    -Branding - rebranded QuickStick with graphics, give-aways, packaging, and brand DNA
    -Photo shoot / video - storyboarded, directed, and designed sets for video and photo shoots
    -Tradeshow design - designed booths for InterBike 2013 and 2014, HouseWare Show 2014, Hardware Show 2014
    -Oversaw the renovation of new office, including planning and executing the move of entire office / warehouse

    Delta Design is a vibrant company with a rich history of product design. Check out our brands at:

  • Design Manager

    • HoldTight
    • Mar 2013 - Present (4 years 8 months)

    HoldTight by Felix is an iPhone case that fits your lifestyle. With bands that can be re-configured to suit your needs, HoldTight iPhone cases offer a wide array of styles and uses.

    -Pitched initial idea to VCs and media at the Grommet’s first Product Pitch competition. Selected as one of 10 finalists to compete at Fenway Park
    -Secured a licensing partner and the funding for a trip to China to meet with the manufacturer
    -Managed team in order to hit deadlines and troubleshoot production, created content for packaging and website
    -Product is currently being sold mass market, including Apple Asia retail stores, and is in the process of being updated for the new iPhone 6

  • Freelance Industrial Designer

    • Felix Brand LLC
    • May 2013 - Aug 2013 (3 months)

    Felix brings clever ideas to life. Ideas that help people use technology. Most of their ideas are relatively simple. They're easy to use and they make life more fun.

    -Product Design: mobile accessories, technology, iPhone / iPad cases
    -Manufacturability: worked hand-in-hand with factory in China to ensure product is made to spec and desired quality. Produced tech packs, CMF packs, and supervised design team’s interaction with the factory team and engineering staff.
    -Packaging: designed packaging, applied graphics, color ups
    -3D Modeling and rendering: Rhino, Keyshot, Illustrator, Photoshop

  • Industrial Designer

    • Sprout Studios
    • Nov 2012 - Aug 2013 (9 months)

    Founded in 2001, SPROUT is an award-winning, Boston based, concept to launch design studio deeply rooted in today's pop culture. Its multi-disciplinary, team of designers, thinkers and artists fuse innovation, creativity & insight to deliver authentic lifestyle driven products, brands and experiences.

    -Product design: high end audio, personal electronics, soft goods
    -Sketch ideation: pen, marker, Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro
    -Marketing audit: research, presentations, InDesign
    -3D modeling and rendering: Rhino, Alias, Keyshot, Illustrator
    -Packaging design: sketch ideation, breadboarding, rendering
    -Graphics: applied to product, presentations, tech packs

  • Freelance Designer

    • Parlee Cycles
    • May 2013 - Jul 2013 (2 months)

    Logo / Name Ideation: brainstorming, mood boards, logo and name development. Trademark research and availability. Crafted a new identity that works with existing design and language.
    Competition Audit: research, in-store vs online presence

  • Student

    • Massachusetts College of Art
    • Sep 2011 - May 2013 (1 year 8 months)

    I studied Industrial Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

    Design is many things to me, it is inspiration, relaxation, and a way of looking at the world through a different lens.

  • Industrial Design Intern

    • Tomy
    • May 2012 - Aug 2012 (3 months)

    • Industrial Design, including hands-on creative design using rapid visualization techniques, sketching, graphic design applications and CAD tools (such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Rhino 3D, Alias) to prepare scale drawings of designs, shop tools and prototyping tools
    • Rendering work to create both photo realistic shots and fast ideation renders
    • Rapid visualization brainstorming utilizing hand and computer sketching
    • Solid skills in research, creative brainstorms, concept development and refinement
    • Understanding and utilizing various production methods and materials

  • Co-Founder

    • Path Less Taken Guides, LLC
    • Jun 2008 - Apr 2010 (1 year 10 months)

    Path Less Taken is about the freedom of solitude, the freedom from the daily grind. We love the wild, and want to share that with you. At PLT Guides we let you shape your journey.

  • Virtual Construction Coordinator

    • Haselden Construction
    • Jan 2008 - Jun 2008 (5 months)

    The Virtual Construction Coordinator is an integral team member within pre-construction, operations and business development. This person will lead the project coordination effort by ensuring the constructability of projects during design, and by protecting the integrity of design during construction. Using BIM and 3D models this person will participate in the presentation and procurement of new work, as well as explaining the benefits of Virtual Construction to potential clients and owners. They will also direct and coordinate the efforts of the Virtual Construction team.

  • Estimator

    • Haselden Construction
    • 2006 - Jan 2008 (1 year 2 months)

    As an estimator I am in charge of costing projects ranging from $25m to $140m.

    We are also starting to research Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Lean / Sustainable construction. I am heavily involved in both projects.

  • Constructor

    • Western 50 Designs
    • 2005 - 2006 (1 year)

    Design and construction of residential homes and additions. We designed, managed, and built custom homes.

  • Architectural Intern

    • Turner Group
    • 2003 - 2003


  • Massachusetts College of Art

    • BFA Industrial and Product Design
    • 2011 - 2013
  • Montana State University-Bozeman

    • Bachelors Environmental Design
    • 2001 - 2006

    Minor in Creative Writing

  • Manchester High School West

    • 1997 - 2001





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