Over 20 years experience in industrial design consulting. My experience is extensive in agricultural and construction equipment, commercial and recreational vehicles and consumer appliances. Additional experience spans from military GPS, sporting goods and medical equipment, to toys. The variety of work keeps my outlook fresh and provides surprising connections of ideas and possibilities, materials and processes.

Work Samples

  • Portfolio

  • Agricultural Equipment

  • Construction Equipment

Work History

Qualification Summary: 15+ years experience in Industrial Design and product development with the last 10 years in a management role as VP of Design and CTO. Proven success in managing multiple complex, large budget projects from concept through to final presentations and design deliverables. Ability to oversee projects through production phase as manufacturing vendor liaison related to industrial design. 10 years experience in Computer Aided Industrial Design and development of class A surface CAD data. Experience in computer based rendering and animation for presentation purposes. Experience in CNC tool path generation and machining of prototype models. Hold multiple design patents. Published article in U.K. based Industrial Vehicle Technology magazine, New and Notable Product Design II. Established multiple corporate web enterprises including imaging and web site design. Established corporate wide LAN computer network as well as web hosting and email accounts. Corporate wide computer maintenance and management. CNH Industrial 2012-current Ag and CE Industrial Design Manager Professional Experience: Current: Owner/ Manager - Independent Design Solutions LLC - Industrial Design and Product Development. New product development initiatives. 1984-current Designer, Senior Designer, Vice President of Design-Chief Technical Officer, Montgomery Design International. Industrial Design Consultant for the following companies and organizations: Case New Holland: Developed various agricultural equipment concepts, exterior and interior components and branding elements for CaseIH, New Holland and Steyr brands over the last 20 years. Directed and implemented design language, relating to identity and differentiation of product and brand DNA. Hold patents related to these projects. Caterpillar Corporation: Various concepts, exterior and interior components across the construction and agricultural equipment product line. Developed brand strategy concepts for the core product line related to corporate form language for the time frames, 2014 and 2025. The 2014 strategy is currently being adopted. Precision Planting: Industrial Design and styling of new and innovative agricultural products. Baxter Healthcare: Function and styling concepts for hand held medicine delivery device used in laparoscopic surgery. Matthews Specialty Vehicles - Alias surface modeling for production front fascia of mobile command center. Yanmar - 3D Alias surfacing study for simplified molding of plastic tractor hood assembly while maintaining brand identity and form language. Amana Refrigeration: Design of various trend setting concepts, CAD data, graphics and physical models across the product line from 1990 to 2001. Laundry products design established Amana in the market and doubled Speed Queen's sales. Hold patents related to these projects. Rockwell-Collins Division of Avionics: Developed concepts and CAD data for 2 generations of hand held GPS units for Special Forces use. This resulted in the winning of a multi-million dollar competitive bid contract for Rockwell to supply units to the Department of Defense. Over 200,00 units delivered worldwide to date. Developed concepts and data for vehicle mounted GPS units for military use. Fast Heat: Industrial Design and styling of controller for complex injection molding of plastics. Damon Motor Homes: Concepts and 3D surface data for fiberglass end caps and graphics on various motor home models. Speaker Corporation: Concepts and 3D surface data for line of freestanding and built-in commercial vehicle lighting products with a distinctive oval shape that has since been widely copied and adopted. Ingersoll-Rand: Interior concepts for operator cab of blast hole drill used in mining and blasting operations. McCormick Tractors: Concepts and 3D surface data for new exterior agricultural tractor identity/styling. Navistar: Created concepts for various truck models across the product line Agco: Manage and developed concepts and 3D surface data for exterior body panels, fenders and cab interior of Agricultural vehicles. CNC programming and cutting of prototype parts based on 3D data. Genesis Corporation: Managed and developed conceptual program for barrier system of robotic welding workstation. Haney Golf Products: Responsible for management, development of concepts and production 3D surface data, graphics and corporate identity of a new start-up company with a home/auto organizer product for golf equipment. The Marketing Store Worldwide: Provided concepts and CAD data for a variety of toys for use in McDonald's Happy Meals. Including Hot Wheels cars and Bug's Life characters. Fellowes: Graphics system for consumer paper shredders. Areas of accomplishment: Industrial Design Product Branding/Identity Alias surface modeling for production Alias rendering and animation Photoshop rendering/ Illustration Manual sketching CNC programming and machining Graphic Design Web Design Published: IVT Industrial Vehicle Technology - technical article Work featured in hardcover edition, New and Notable Product Design 2 Awards: 1988 contributer to IDEA Gold Award winning entry for Machinery category, Case IH 7100 series Magnum tractor. 2006 Chicago Athenaeum "Good Design" award for Case IH Magnum tractor. 2007 Chicago Athenaeum "Good Design" award for AGCO 900 series tractors. Skills/Applications: Alias Studio Sketchbook Pro Hypershot VX - Hybrid solid/surface modeling Surfcam Adobe Creative Suite Koolmoves Microsoft Office Product modeling and prototyping Software display graphics and product graphics, iconography, visualization Education: BFA Industrial Design - University of Illinois 1983 Web portfolio: www.independentdesignsolutions.com Email contact: doug@independentdesignsolutions.com


  • University of Ilinois

    • BFA Industrial Design
    • 1979 - 1983



Published - IVT Industrial Vehicle Technology. Work featured - New and Notable Design 2 - book Contributer to IDEA Gold Award for Machinery - Case IH Magnum tractor, Chicago Athenaeum 2006 "Good Design" award, CaseIH Magnum tractor, 2007 "Good Design", AGCO 900 series tractor.