Product Design Professional that strives to push products to the next level by utilizing my versatile skill sets; knowledge of the product design process; positive attitude; experience in footwear, technical product, and consumer electronic industries; and inspirations. I am passionate about learning new skills, living and active lifestyle, and always committed to finding creative solutions.

Work Samples

Work History

Michael Tam Product Designer San Diego, CA Experience: Thor Motocross; Poway, CA (March 2010 - Present) Product Designer - Thor MX, Z1R Helmets, Slippery Wetsuits brands • Formulated product and graphic design solutions for helmets, protectors, gloves, race wear, footwear, accessories, and sportswear for power sports industry leader • Contributed immensely to design aesthetic of 2011 Slippery Wetsuits product line from conceptualization phase to production • Provided quick decision making during critical phases of product development • Collaborated with development and design staff to to achieve project goals • Solved challenging design problems by utilizing extensive research, sketching, rendering, mock ups, and tech pack vector drawings • Traveled to Asia to meet directly with vendor managers for timely progression on product development WowWee USA, Inc.; Carlsbad, CA (September 2008 - October 2009) Industrial Designer • Presented creative insight to conceptualize innovative products for WowWee’s diverse award-winning line of toys and consumer electronics • Visualized design ideas through sketches, 3-D modeling, mockups, and renderings • Developed concepts for various licensed products for Disney and 20th Century Fox (James Cameron’s Avatar) • Compiled presentation material for meetings with design team and clients K-Swiss, Inc.; Westlake Village, CA (August 2007 - December 2007) Footwear Design Intern • Utilized skills and knowledge of creative process to design unique footwear concepts in various categories • Conceptualized design, and created tech packs and outsole blueprint for Nitehawk Limited Edition shoe (released in 2009) • Devised shoe upper concepts for Ultranatural Run II (inspired upper designs for various future running shoes) • Enabled efficient communication between product development and vendors by providing detailed specifications of products through technical drawings Achievements and Recognitions: • Conceptualized WowWee Flytech Mosquito Fun Flyer (released in 2010) • Designed upper and sole of K-Swiss Nitehawk Limited Edition shoe (Released in 2009) • Devised shoe upper concepts for K-Swiss Ultranatural Run II as intern (inspired future upper designs for K-Ona, Run One-miSOUL Tech, and Tubes running shoes) • Participated in and finished Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach, CA three years in a row (2008, 2009, 2010) Attributes: • Proficient in Adobe Design Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat), Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Outlook), 3-D software (Solidworks, Rhinoceros, Autodesk Alias) • Outstanding sketching, rendering, speaking, and visual presentation skills • Diligent, enthusiastic, good sense of humor, works well with others, poised, optimistic, eager to acquire knowledge Interests: Running, exercising, playing guitar, swimming, music history and theory, snowboarding, painting, barbequing, nature and history documentaries, bicycling, basketball, reading


  • Art Center College of Design

    • Bachelors of Science Product Design
    • 2005 - 2008

    Graduated with Honors

  • UC Irvine

    • Bachelors of Art Studio Art
    • 1999 - 2003



Art Center College of Design student gallery selection (Summer 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2008, Summer 2008), Graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design, Designed K-Swiss Nitehawk as intern (released 2009), Slippery Wetsuits 2011 product line design (released early 2011)