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I am currently employed by The Metcalfe Group, located in Solon, Ohio. My everyday experience can vary on an almost daily basis; some clients want sketch renderings, some want CAD models, and some want full-blown looks-like and works-like prototypes. Some just want engineering done for their advanced products. The more experience one can get in a variety of different skills, the better of a designer they can end up being, and I want to be no exception.
It's not just about working with your hands, whether it be sketching, rendering, or prototyping - it's also about thinking functionally as realistically as well. For me, ID isn't all about designing a pretty product, but also making it functional and understandable.
At The Metcalfe Group, a full-service design consultancy, we provide expertise in a number of different fields including various forms of research, product design, engineering, prototyping, product testing, and a lot more. I have worked with various clients ranging from independent inventors to large brands such as Gojo, Vendor's Exchange, Jergens, and Purell to name a few. Throughout the course of my employment, I have been responsible for ID sketching and rendering, Solidworks modelling and part design, prototype CAD and finishing, professional photography, and graphic design.
Internship experience working in a variety of different departments to increase exposure and understanding of the company. I worked on the initial design development phase for the Kitchaid built-in refrigerator interior, as well as an independent project in the washer category.