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  • David Block

    Independent Industrial Designer

    New York, NY

I am a passionate and driven industrial designer. I am always inquisitive and take on each project like it was my last. I have seven years of experience and have brought to market products for clients such as Banana Republic, Svedka, and OXO international. I have a proven track record of developing products with a relevant and compelling point-of-view.

Work Samples

  • Bar Master

  • Hedgehog Rattle Toy

  • Xtech Football Protective Pads

Work History

  • Sr. Industrial Designer

    • Independent Industrial Designer
    • Jan 2012 - Present (5 years 10 months)

    Independent industrial designer

  • Sr. Designer

    • MindsInSync Inc.
    • Jan 2011 - Jan 2012 (1 year)

    In charge of leading and developing two categories:
    - Aquatopia, a kids’ bathing line, and
    - 2DO, a DIY product line.

    Responsibility summary
    Develop the vision for Aquatopia & 2DO categories.
    Set the schedule for the design team.
    Make sure that products are designed within the budget parameters.
    Manage multi-disciplined teams & mentor junior designers.
    Present to client and upper management.

    Front-end design phase:
    Synthesise qualitative and quantitative research into tangible designs.
    Conceptualize and develop relevant and thoughtful points-of-view.
    Collaborate with multi-disciplined teams: research, marketing, graphic & engineering.
    Lead brainstorming sessions.

    Back-end development phase:
    Create production-ready CAD and/or work closely with the engineer to insure that the concepts are interpreted accurately.
    Oversee the manufacturing process.

  • Sr Designer

    • Pensa
    • Mar 2008 - Jan 2011 (2 years 10 months)

    During my tenure at Pensa I had experience with leading projects and working in multi-disciplined groups; I also had exposure to proposal writing.

    Responsibility summary
    Made sure that project deadlines and budgets were met.
    Worked on multiple accounts.
    Managed & mentored junior designers.

    For the front end design phase:
    Conceptualized and developed relevant and thoughtful points-of-view.
    Worked in multi-disciplined teams: research & engineering.
    Created presentations & delivered them to clients.
    Made 3D sketch models and/or 2D visuals that helped to tell & re-enforce the story

    For the back end phase:
    Created production-ready CAD that accounted for drafting, tolerances, snap fits, etc.
    Oversaw project refinement phase through to their production.

  • Sr. Designer

    • Desgrippes Gobe
    • Sep 2004 - Mar 2008 (3 years 6 months)

    During my tenure at DG I led the bottle design for Banana Republic’s “Republic of Man/Woman” perfume; I was part of the team which won the 2007 FiFi Awards.

    Responsibility Summary
    Developed relevant and exciting points-of-view for projects.
    Presented ideas and concepts to team.
    Managed freelancers.
    Worked on multiple accounts.
    Created models that interpreted sketch concepts through advanced surfacing.
    Oversaw the design refinement phase.
    Made sure that project deadlines were met.
    Worked on multiple accounts.

  • studant

    • Pratt Institute
    • 2000 - 2003 (3 years)


  • Pratt Institute

    • M.I.D Industrial Design
    • 2000 - 2003
  • Syracuse University

    • BFA Sculpture
    • 1996 - 2000