I am a Design Consultant that is motivated and passionate about product design, toy design, conceptual design and packaging design. Looking for any consulting/contract design related opportunities. Specialties: Quick ideation sketching abilities, rapid concept/product development, and user task analysis. An understanding of aesthetics, ergonomics, and empathic modeling and ethnography research related methods. SOFTWARE: Adobe Creative Suite 5, Rhino 4, Solidworks 2010, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2011, Bunkspeed Hypershot, Wacom Cintiq 12WX, and Final Cut Pro X.

Work Samples

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Work History

  • Student/Professional Liaison

    • IDSA Chicago
    • Jan 2010 - Present (4 years 10 months)

    As Student Liaison, Hector is in charge of educating students on the importance of association and value of each IDSA Chicago event. Hector helps students with portfolio questions, resumes, design process, networking, and job related questions. Hector also travels to Universities and Colleges in the Midwest District to lecture on Entrepreneurship, Portfolio Reviews and promoting IDSA Chicago.

  • Design Consultant

    • H Design
    • May 2008 - Present (6 years 6 months)

    H Design is a sole proprietor studio that offers brainstorming, concept generation, product development, research and CAD modeling in the toy and housewares category of Industrial Design.

  • Consultant/Industrial Designer

    • DesignLab
    • Aug 2011 - Sep 2012 (1 year 1 month)

    Working to develop a new product by first identifying white space on the shelves of stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate and Barrel, Home Depot, Target, Toys R Us, and Wal-Mart. Once opportunities areas have been identified, with the help of a team will develop initial concepts for validation. Concepts will quickly develop into working prototypes and full market opportunity and business plans will be created. Working with great minds such as Gordon Segal, Keith Jaffe, Scott Herbst and Walter Herbst.

  • Consultant/Industrial Designer

    • LeapFrog
    • Dec 2011 - Jan 2012 (1 month)

    Worked on a tea kettle line for Copco; from product development, concept generation, also touched on the user experience and the aesthetics of their tea kettles. Directly reported to LeapFrog and was a joint project with two other contractors.

  • Consultant/Industrial Designer

    • Insight Product Development, LLC.
    • Sep 2010 - Oct 2010 (1 month)

    Design consultant for research based design firm who helped with the design process and aesthetic and ergonomic form development.

  • Consultant/Toy Designer

    • Lund and Company Invention, LLC.
    • Aug 2009 - Jan 2010 (5 months)

    Worked as a design toy inventor for one of Chicago's best toy invention's firms. Worked on at least twelve (12) design toy projects from blue sky to model making to SolidWorks, etc. Lund's biggest clients Hasbro, Fisher-Price, and Mattel gave me a bigger perspective of toy design and innovation. Worked closely with the engineer's to create robotic toys and animated products.

  • Consultant/Toy Designer

    • Linmark Group Limited
    • May 2009 - Aug 2009 (3 months)

    Worked directly for Nickelodeon Product Design. Worked on the toy line Wonder Pets, designing interactive and plush toys for Nickelodeon hit tv show.

  • Industrial Designer

    • UIUC Solar Decathlon
    • Jan 2007 - May 2009 (2 years 4 months)

    Was a key player during the Solar Decathlon Global Competition in 2007 held at the National Mall in Washington DC. I was the design leader for the Outdoor Design Team and was one of four designers that traveled to Washington DC to build the solar house and assemble furniture, fixtures, interior and solar panels. The Elementhouse was ranked 9th out of 20 in 2007. For the 2009 Gable Home, I was again the design leader for the Bathroom Design Team. The team designed an A.D.A approved wet shower and the Gable Home went on to win 2nd place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon!

  • Toy Design Intern

    • Tomy
    • May 2008 - Aug 2008 (3 months)

    Worked for the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Series under the guidance and direction of Mary Lou Resh. Helped designed cargo and mock ups using foam core. Had the opportunity to use Rhino to make some design changes for Thomas & Friends Stations and cargos. Helped make and build packaging mock ups for Super Why! Was briefly involved in the Lamaze team and designed some toy concepts for them.

  • Graphic Designer

    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Apr 2006 - Aug 2006 (4 months)

    Developed a basic knowledge of the design professional industry, experienced many group projects and presentations with the client and was one of three main graphic designers for University of Illinois

Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • Industrial Design Industrial Design
    • 2004 - 2009

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Specialties

Affiliations

UIUC IDSA, IDSA Chicago

Awards

FAA Most Talented Student in Art & Design 2008 - 2009 - 2009 Metaphase Design Group Award

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