• Nate Arel

    Industrial Designer

    Boston, MA

"The best way to predict the future is to create it!" - Abraham Lincoln

Work Samples

  • Vibram 3D

  • Rendering

  • Specification Packages

Work History

2014 - 2016 SENIOR DESIGNER Vibram Innovation - Five Fingers Designer/Developer (Concord MA, Guangzhou China) I concentrated on VFF (Five Fingers) design and development for men's and woman's footwear categories. - Designed and Developed Spring17 and 2018 VFF product - V - TRAIN and V - TRAIL - Designed and refined advanced products within our Innovation division – CHINA – US - Worked Retail – Worked with customers @ Newbury Street in order to gain consumer awareness. 2012 - 2014 DESIGN ENGINEER SAS Shoe Company (San Antonio, Texas) I concentrated on sole design and development for men's and woman's footwear. I designed the master model, determined the grading perameters and engineered production molds. 2012 - SENIOR DESIGNER Ariat International (Union City, CA) Ariat is the leading performance footwear and apparel brand for equestrian athlete Specializing in both Western and English footwear. I was offered a month to month contract to "jump-start" the efforts within the categories of Work and Outdoor. 2010 - 2011 SENIOR DESIGNER Industrial Designer (New York, NY) Freelance designer for a number of brands, including Eddie Bauer, Calvin Klein, Starter, Coleman, Sporto and And1. I liaised with footwear team managers to acquire licensing agreements, providing design direction and functioning as the lead for development. My role consisted of designing/developing and managing products for Eddie Bauer Calvin Klein, Starter, Coleman, Sporto, And1. I worked on Athletic, as well as products within the categories of Expedition, Trail, Casual, Rugged Outdoor, Sandals and Rain boots. 2007 - 2009 SENIOR DESIGNER, GLOBAL FOOTWEAR RANGE Pony International (San Diego, CA) Using my background in footwear design and development, I was hired at PONY to work with the V.P. of Design in the categories of Football, Baseball, Basketball, Vintage and Woman's Elan. The role required me to utilize my previous brand expertise to ensure accurate product sampling in a time-sensitive environment. As a Senior Designer, I managed my team and played an integral part in refining the design and development processes at PONY, many of which are still utilized in their current design platform. 2004 - 2007 SENIOR DESIGNER, GLOBAL FOOTWEAR RANGE Adidas Golf TaylorMade (Carlsbad, CA) I was hired at Adidas after a sketch/ideation interview with the Creative Director. The position required that I design innovative concepts, set brand strategy with product management and work collaboratively with product development. I mentored two footwear junior designers to be creative and managed their effort to execute their assignments, maintain timelines and ensure concepts ran parallel to brand direction. Responsible for the product design of the Footwear/Accessory product categories; developed product category design strategies, created collateral print material, able to balance product innovation with product heritage, managed junior level designers. 2000-2004 JUNIOR DESIGNER, GLOBAL FOOTWEAR RANGE DC SHOE CO USA (Vista, CA) Designed skate/snow footwear for Men’s Woman's and Youth Skate and Snow for both domestic and international sales. .


  • Rhode Island School of Design

    • ID Industrial Design
    • 1993 - 1997