OVERVIEW Logical and creative thinker with a knack for unique solutions, who can take a project from initial ideation to final production. Skills include excellent conceptual development, critical thinking, rapid prototyping in hardware and software, and strong design communication through multiple media. Specialties: Creative problem solving, concept development, experience prototyping with hardware and software, physical prototyping, mechanical prototyping and development

Work Samples

  • Kinetic Creatures

  • Delphi Optics

  • Capture180 Camera

Work History

  • Founder, Manager

    • Kinetic Creatures, LLC
    • May 2012 - Present (2 years 9 months)

    Designed, developed, crowdfunded, and manufactured a line of walking cardboard animal kits. These kits make complex mechanical animals easy to build though an easy fold-up, tab-and-slot design. The creatures walk using a Jansen Mechanical Linkage, and the design was motivated by the beautiful "design from manufacturing" challenge presented by the combination of the old and affordable rule-die-cut manufacturing process, with modern prototyping and design tools.

  • Experience Designer, Interaction and Experience Research

    • Intel Labs
    • Apr 2011 - Present (3 years 10 months)

    Lucas works with an interdisciplinary team of technologists, anthropologists and designers focused on defining the future of computing from the user up. We develop user experiences that guide new technology development, and create new opportunities for existing Intel technology. For the past year, Lucas’ research has focused on Open Hardware, developing tools that enable future developers to “level-up” hardware and software skills. Past research has included designing novel experiences and prototypes based on array photography, in-car interactions, and playful data visualization.

  • Freelance Design

    • Lucas Ainsworth Design
    • Oct 2010 - Mar 2011 (5 months)

    Developed products primarily with "GreenToys Inc." and "Perfect Fitness LLC." Designed "GreenEats" line of children's dishware, and collaborated on several upcoming product designs with Perfect Fitness.

  • Student

    • California College of the Arts
    • Sep 2007 - May 2010 (2 years 8 months)
  • Product Development Intern

    • Perfect Fitness, LLC
    • May 2009 - Sep 2009 (4 months)

    Worked directly with product design team to develop styling, message, and mechanics of emerging fitness and lifestyle equipment. Sketched, modeled, built functional prototypes, and supported diverse needs of product design from initial ideation to manufacturing and product launch. Credited inventor on two pending utility patents.

  • Freelance Designer

    • Wham-O
    • Jul 2008 - Jan 2009 (6 months)

    Built functional prototypes used in testing before product manufacture. Additionally, worked with the design team to develop a new product from initial concept, through several stages of ideation and prototyping. Process included SolidWorks modeling and rapid prototyping with a 3D printer.

Education

  • California College of the Arts

    • BFA Industrial Design
    • 2007 - 2010
  • University of California, Davis

    • BS Evolution and Ecology
    • 1999 - 2003

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA

Awards

Winner: RTT Visualization Contest 2010, presented project at RTT Excite Conference, Munich, Germany; Invited Speaker, QB3+CCA Symposium on Innovation in Science and the Arts, UCSF Mission Bay; IDSA Student Merit Award Nominee, 2010

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