Superyacht Design/Design Consulting/Concept Design/Creative Project Management

Work Samples

  • First Annual Futureyachts Book Featured Disruptor

  • Custom Watch Chest Build w Discommon

  • Collection of ongoing Superyacht Design Projects

Work History

  • Founder | Owner

    J. David Weiss is President and Founder of Designova Creative + Associates Innovation Consultancy. He is an internationally active and award-winning designer, who was recently named one of the leading "Industry Disruptors" by BOAT International's first annual "Future Yachts" book.

    Most of David’s career has been spent designing large custom yachts and superyachts. Our legacy is front line international experience in a very wide array of high level creative endeavors: superyacht design, transportation design and marketing, luxury product and branding creation, software UI/UX development, consumer product development, feature film production, brand identity & creation, and creative team management. David has contributed or led design for more than 30 privately owned vessels either in build or completed. More than a decade of effort and creativity in custom luxury superyacht projects has shaped our vision and identity and continues to inspire us as we push each adventure forward.
    David's recent projects both in superyachts and other spheres have been internationally recognized for their innovation and beauty, and continue to win international awards in a broad array of arenas.
    Designova is engaged by clients in the EU, Russia, Africa, Asia, and Gulf States, as well as a growing clientele in the US.
    David and his associates and team members are always pushing forward new ideas and partnerships, while endeavoring to work inside the philosophy of birthing projects out of relationships and friendships. We also stay active in giving back to the community in various ways including acting on advisory boards and think tanks at Universities, and other community endeavors. We believe every day is a new adventure.

  • Creative Director

    • K4Connect
    • Raleigh, NC
    • Jan 2014 - Oct 2016 (2 years 9 months)

    Brought design to an exciting new product from 4 talented guys in a small room with amazing ideas to a thriving national team of four dozen members and growing, in an exciting sphere we carved out together, bringing smarter tech to seniors and other underserved markets, in a way never before delivered.

  • Superyacht Design Lead

    Custom Yacht Design for one of the most proactive and awarded yacht design agencies in the entire industry.


  • North Carolina State University

    • BA Industrial Design Industrial Design
    • 2003 - 2006

    Cum Laude

  • Sandhills CC

    • AS App Sci
    • 2001 - 2003

    Cum Laude



IDSA, NCSU Design Council, International Superyacht Society, Young Professionals in Yachting, Board Member US/EU + NCSU/SKEMA Global Luxury Management Advisory Board, NexUX Thinktank NC


Decade of Yacht Design Experience- Creative Director in Tech UX / UI. International award-winning designer. Widely sought public speaker. Design for globally recognized creations of all kinds. Selected as a Coroflot "All Star Designer". Frequent contributor to cutting edge publications, new media outlets. Glad to be alive.