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  • Michael Tam

    Product Designer | Developer

    Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Enthusiastic and energetic Product Designer and Developer that strives to push products to the next level by utilizing a commitment to creative leadership; proficiency in design tools; knowledge of the product design and development process; experience in footwear and power sports industries; passion for inspiration; and ability to consistently meet project goals

Work Samples

Work History

Michael Tam Product Designer & Developer michaeltamdesigns@gmail.com www.michaeltamdesigns.com Rancho Cucamonga, CA Experience: The Safariland Group | Ontario, CA | (October 2016 - Present) Product Designer III - Body Armor • Design tactical gear for law enforcement and military personnel • Consistently communicate with management, design team, customers, and vendors to meet project goals Michael Tam Designs | Greater Los Angeles Area, CA | (August 2008 - Present) Independent Design and Development Consultant • Influenced design and development direction for client's pet apparel line by utilizing thorough research, sketches, technical drawings, prototype mock ups, and fit testing • Focused on understanding customers' needs and goals to establish brand image with logo, product concept, and graphic designs for various industries • Collaborated with event and organization planners to create dynamic solutions for apparel graphics • Created branding, web graphics, stationery, and print ads for AKC Beagle breeder, Aloha Spirit Beagles (print designs featured in Show Beagle Quarterly and Ilio magazines) Thor Motocross | Poway, CA | (March 2010 - October 2016) Product Designer & Senior Developer - Thor Motocross, Slippery Wetsuits, Z1R Helmets • Displayed creative leadership skills by initiating feedback discussions on product samples, providing constructive observations to product and graphic design solutions, and fully managing design direction for the 2011 Slippery Wetsuits product line • Formulated design solutions during critical phases of product development by utilizing research, sketching, rendering, mock ups, and tech packs of award-winning Sentry Vest (2016 Powersports Business "Nifty 50") • Interacted with professional racers and consumers to develop innovative solutions based on understanding of user needs and industry trends • Traveled to Asia with product development team to meet directly with factories for timely progression and continuous communication for meeting product development goals WowWee USA, Inc. | Carlsbad, CA | (September 2008 - October 2009) Industrial Designer - WowWee Robotics and Technologies, Alive, Flytech • 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) K-Swiss | Westlake Village, CA | August 2007 - December 2007) Footwear Design Intern - Classics, Limited Edition, Running, SMU • 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

Education

  • Art Center College of Design

    • Bachelors of Science Product Design
    • 2005 - 2008

    Graduated with Honors

  • UC Irvine

    • Bachelors of Art Studio Art
    • 1999 - 2003

Specialties

Awards

• Thor Sentry Vest recognized in Powersports Business for 2016 "Nifty 50" Award • Managed product and graphic design direction for 2011 Slippery Wetsuits product line • Conceptualized WowWee Flytech Mosquito Fun Flyer (released in 2010) • Graduated with Honors from Art Center College of Design (Summer 2008) • Art Center College of...
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