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  • Christian Usher

    Product Designer at Flex

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

I am currently working as a Product Designer for Flex in the Netherlands, being a passionate designer who is constantly pushing to achieve the best in everything I do. My inspiration comes from what I love; all forms of art and design, music, nature, architecture and the latest technical innovations. I am a energetic and creative individual with an eye for innovative design solutions that meet aesthetic, performance and functional criteria. Additionally I have a sound track record using established development processes, good engineering practice and discipline to deliver robust design solutions, in combination with the ability to communicate between teams to ensure effective and timely input. Keeping active and being productive with my time both in and out of work are also key to me.

Work Samples

  • Deaqua Toilet Brush

  • The Stable Cable

  • Oakley HUUD

Work History

  • Product Designer

    • Flex
    • Woerden, Netherlands
    • Apr 2017 - Present (8 months)
  • Product Design Engineer

    • Zumtobel Group
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Jun 2015 - Mar 2017 (1 year 9 months)

    Successfully developed two patented innovative products from market brief to mass production following all stages of the product design process. My responsibilities include:

    Concept Design – Working with a market brief of a luminaire through to concept selection.

    Product Development – Ensuring the selected concept is mass producible.

    Design for Manufacture/Assembly – Considering the manufacturing location when creating concepts right through to industrialisation.

    Design – The product must match the brands image with evident touch points.

    Product Presentation – Presenting concepts to a range of other departments such as product management, quality, production, purchasing, supply chain and senior management.

  • Design Engineer

    • Zumtobel Group
    • Spennymoor, United Kingdom
    • Jun 2014 - Jun 2015 (1 year)

    Working within the Concept Engineering Design department I was responsible for transforming concept luminaire designs to mass production manufacture. My responsibilities included:

    Project Management – Managing and communicating with multiple departments to ensure each project was out for delivery six weeks after receiving the order.

    Prototyping – Organising production prototypes and line trials.

    Technical Drawings – Creating technical drawings for suppliers and in-house manufacturing.

    Bills of Material – Population of the BOM’s, modification and management.

    Personnel Development – Successfully mentored a new member of staff within the department.

  • Product Designer

    • The Stable Cable Co
    • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    • Sep 2013 - Sep 2014 (1 year)

    Designed, modelled and manufactured Lightning cable protectors for Apple products as part of a Young Enterprise company.

    The company has had excellent success, receiving multiple awards and recognition in local press such as The Chronicle, The Times North, The Journal and also various technology blogs.

  • Product Design Student

    • Northumbria University
    • Sep 2010 - May 2014 (3 years 8 months)

    Industrial Drawing, Manufacturing Systems, Materials, Product Design Methodologies, Electronic Product Design, CAD, Engineering Product Design, Economics and Mechanical Engineering.

  • Student Design Engineer

    • R-TEK
    • Sep 2012 - Sep 2013 (1 year)

    One year placement within the design and development team, working on various injection moulded parts of interior trim for current and future Nissan projects.

    Keeping to strict deadlines in a fast paced and dynamic work environment. Planning ahead, prioritising tasks and coordinating with the work of others is essential, while problem solving and analytical skills are utilised on a daily basis.

  • VA Lounge Supervisor

    • Virgin Active
    • Jul 2010 - Sep 2012 (2 years 2 months)

    Team leader on the café bar/restaurant, accountable for the training of staff including Costa Coffee procedures and standards.

  • Customer Service Advisor

    • BT
    • May 2008 - Jul 2010 (2 years 2 months)

    As part of the customer service team I was responsible for customers billing, quality of service and general enquiries about their BT Vision/Mobile tariffs.


  • Northumbria University

    • Postgraduate Diploma Leadership and Mangement
    • 2014 - 2015

    Managing Self and Leading Others, Consultancy Study

  • Northumbria University

    • Bachelor of Science Product Design Technology
    • 2010 - 2014

    Industrial Drawing, Manufacturing Systems, Materials, Product Design Methodologies, Electronic Product Design, CAD, Engineering Product Design, Economics, Marketing and Mechanical Engineering.

  • St. Robert of Newminster Sixth Form College

    • 2008 - 2010

    3 x A-Levels (Maths, English Language, Fine Art) 1 x AS-Levels (Physics)

  • St. Aidans RC Secondary School & Sixth Form

    • 2002 - 2008

    12 x GCSE's (Incl. Maths, English and Separate Sciences)



Institute of Design Engineers


Patent - Europe 16182513.8 - 1757 Patent - Europe 16186226.3 - 1757 Best Startup - Young Enterprise UK Best Product - Young Enterprise UK Best Overall - Young Enterprise UK