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freelance industrial designer
I am an inspired industrial designer, thinker, strategist, and creative consultant. I am all about doing the job right, creating results I am proud to put my name on. I love working collaboratively with designers, strategists, innovators, and other specialists. Whether it is ideation, execution, or presentation, I thrive while working off of the energy of other people. I am focused and serious about my work, and I enjoy every minute of it. I am ready to exploit fresh thinking, new approaches, and unexpected opportunities. The focus of my work is to innovate and visualize the future of brands and products. My ultimate aim is to create new product experiences that add delight and simplicity to daily life. I have been fortunate to consult with many companies in different industries. I am comfortable working in many positions, from participating in full-day brainstorm workshops (live sketching), to providing support design (concept generation, CAD modeling, 3D photo-realistic rendering), to leading a design project with full client interaction. I have experience in product design, packaging design, and design for retail environments (housewares, hardware, packaging, toys, medical equipment, furniture, POP displays). Based in Chicago, I occasionally travel to Europe to work with various design agencies in England and Belgium. My passions include design, travel, and the outdoors. I also enjoy fly-fishing, motorcycling, oil-painting, gardening, and a well-crafted beer after a long day. Consulting History: PDT Design Integrity gravitytank Lunar Design Kaleidoscope Webb deVlam London Webb deVlam Chicago Radius Product Development Enthoven Associates (Antwerp, Belgium) HLB Joss Design RTC Studio111 eggStrategy
The focus of my work is to innovate and visualize the future of brands and products. My ultimate aim is to create new product experiences that add delight and simplicity to daily life.
Available for freelance/contract work.
Developed athletic pain relief and recovery products through sketch brainstorms and foam core/yellow foam rough model making.
Designed housewares cooking product with emphasis on functional improvements, color/material/finish studies (through trend research), and final execution in CAD for high-level concept renderings.
Provided support design in large group brainstorm sessions with software engineers, UI designers, and industrial designers.
Developed design concepts around introducing a new product into the CPG product category.
Created quick volume models in yellow foam, foam core, post-it notes, paper clips, and masking tape.
Participated in client co-creation work sessions, including live sketching.
Led CAD modeling and development in preparation for prototyping and ultimately manufacturing.
Created high-level sketch renderings based on client requests.
Designed and developed a housewares product in preparation for product launch at the International Home + Housewares Show.
Maintain chapter's financial records
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Lead designer for packaging design projects for clients with high-end luxury brands, natural products, and a desire to be sustainable and socially responsible.
- Lead design projects
- Interface with clients on a day-to-day basis
- Understand, develop, and reinforce brands through structural packaging solutions
- Provide a range of sketch concept generation
- Develop technical specifications for production through artisan groups in the Philippines and Thailand
The backbone of the firm is an established international handmade packaging supply chain. Artisan groups are visited and reviewed regularly for sustainability and fair-trade compliance. Distant Village is partner in Pure Labels, Inc, leading manufacturer of sustainable adhesive labels.
January 2010 – March 2010 (3 months)
January 2009 – February 2009 (2 months)
Design strategy, concept generation, hand sketching, cintiq sketching, CAD modeling & rendering
Redesigned existing concepts to create cost reduction, simpler manufacturing, and more consumer friendly product for client, Radio Flyer.
Created world-class brand packaging solutions for markets in US, China, and Europe for brands
such as Microsoft, Kraft, Tide, 3M, Downy, Cottonelle, Pillsbury
Collaborated with multi-disciplinary teams combining branding, structure and graphics
Developed and maintained design intent through design specification and engineering
Maintained tight deadlines and ensure quality results under pressure
Visualized using hand ideation sketching, 3D CAD, computer rendering and digital presentation
Contracted in Antwerp, Belgium at product design agency, best known for furniture and transportation design
Practiced user-centered design, collaborating with design researchers and other designers
Designed and developed a new line of laundry care accessory products for the international market
Interpreted research interviews to identify issues in the laundry process
Provided lead design on several programs for POP, retail merchandising, and brand vision
Worked on programs for clients Unilever, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Kraft, Pfizer
Participated in cross disciplinary visionary brand brainstorms
Interpreted client brief, collaborated with Account Executives and Sales Staff to create a range of sketch concepts
Translated sketch concepts into 3D renderings, using Solidworks 2010 and Photoworks/Photoview 360
Instructing one-on-one lessons in Solidworks to a team of Industrial Designers
how to maximize the usefulness and capabilities of Solidworks relevant to the POP/Display industry, including solid modeling, configurations, assemblies, technical drawings, and rendering with Photoworks.
Contracted 2 days/week over the course of a few months.
Performed market audits, visited stores, observed and used competitive products
Established a visual brand language for product groups through sketching, 2D renderings, and CAD