Product designer. I love to create strikingly beautiful, relevant, and inspiring products. visit my new website and blog at nelsonwah.com

Work Samples

  • Watches

  • SILENCE

  • Cobra AMP Cell Driver

Work History

  • Contract Industrial Designer

    • BMW Group DesignworksUSA
    • Dec 2013 - Present (4 months)

    Industrial design contractor for Designworks LA consultancy studio

  • Principal, Industrial Design

    • Nelson Wah Design
    • Jan 2010 - Present (4 years 3 months)

    Industrial design consulting and concept art. Form language and Adobe Photoshop sketching specialist. Also involved with design research, strategy, rapid sketch visualization, 3D CAD, quick models and prototypes. Freelance and collaborative projects. Clients include:

    Shape Security - freelance, tech startup
    Privacy Products LLC - mobile device accessories
    Olight - freelance, tactical lights
    Mobio - freelance, mobile device accessories
    Symphony of Nod - prop/helmet designs for short film music video directed by Francisco Stoll
    University Medical Pharmaceuticals - freelance, medical cosmetics
    Advantageous Systems LLC - partnership, healthcare product
    Dynamic Gaming - concept artist for independent video game, Meat Grinder
    San Gabriel Valley Jeet Kune Do - logo design
    Bottomless Pit Games - concept designs for Harmotion video game

  • Industrial Designer

    • Soulcake Creative
    • Feb 2011 - Nov 2013 (2 years 9 months)

    Designed and created soulful products for a wide range of industries. Working together with small startups, large corporations, and everything in between. Clients include: Samsung, Cobra PUMA Golf, Altec Lansing, iFrogz, ZAGG, Dane-Elec, Elite Fitness, Thales Avionics, Cohu Electronics, Atom Inc, Powell Tools, EWI, KIA, Dana/Spicer, Rockwell Time, Electric Visual, Time Bomb, INDUS.

  • Product Design Intern

    • Karten Design
    • May 2010 - Aug 2010 (3 months)

    Assigned to do key design work, research, concept sketching, mockups and prototypes, brainstorms, and presentations. Clients include: Simplehuman, Carefusion, Magtek, Duracell

  • Sponsored Projects

    • Various Clients
    • Sep 2003 - Dec 2008 (5 years 3 months)

    IMI 2 Wheelchair (2008)
    Intelligent Mobility International (IMI)
    Designed a low cost wheelchair for Guatemala. In collaboration with Art Center, Caltech.

    Mobile Health Clinic (2008)
    Project Concern International (PCI)
    Created a new strategic vision and designs for PCI's Tijuana mobile health clinic system. In collaboration with Art Center Designmatters.

    Functionalizing Nanoparticles for RNAi (2005)
    Johns Hopkins University
    Combining nanotech with genetic therapy to stop gene expression at a specific site.

    Realtime Continuous Energy Expenditure Measure (2004)
    Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Was electrical engineering leader in team of 8 biomedical engineering students to create a device to noninvasively monitor and graph in realtime the energy expenditure of a woman during labor.

  • Research Assistant

    • Center for Cardiovascular Bioinformatics & Modeling
    • May 2004 - May 2005 (1 year)

    Aided in developing a computational model for electrical excitations in the heart. I was tasked with exploring the possibility of a "late sodium ion channel," modeling this ion channel based on published clinical data, and running computer simulations to test the model.

  • Research Assistant

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • Jan 2003 - Aug 2003 (7 months)

    Conducted lab experiments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease research.

  • Summer Research Intern

    • NIH
    • Jun 2002 - Aug 2002 (2 months)

    Aided researchers in data collection and experiments in ligand-gated ion channels

Education

  • Art Center College of Design

    • Product Design
    • 2007 - 2009

    Art Center merit scholarship recipient

  • The Johns Hopkins University

    • B.S. Biomedical Engineering
    • 2001 - 2005

    graduated w/Electrical Engineering concentration Bloomberg Scholar - full scholarship

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA

Awards

Golf Digest 2013 Hot List Gold Medal - Cobra AMP Cell Driver. Design Patent for Cobra AMP Cell Driver. Featured on Coroflot.com Art Center Merit Scholarship. Bloomberg Scholar - full tuition scholarship at Johns Hopkins.

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