I am an industrial and visual communications designer. I also have experience in design research, UI/UX design and physical computing. Plainsboro, New Jersey is my current home, about an hour from NYC or Philly. Please view my work on my website: www.WilliamNickley.com After two years of contract work with four respected design firms, I have finally joined a creative team, full-time, at ZOKU in Hoboken, NJ. My spare time is filled with geocaching, cloud-spotting, all forms of frisbee, physical hacking, anything with cheese on it, typography, boomerang, sketch-noting, rallying in my MR2, biking, almost all games, science, info-graphics, gadgets and pie.

Work Samples

  • New Fire Hydrant

Work History

<p>View my portfolio at <span style="text-decoration: underline;">williamnickley.com</span></p> <p>Recommendations and other details on my Linked-In page, also by request</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contract Toy Designer</strong></p> <p><em><strong>January 2012 - Present&nbsp; / Sweet Spot Studio, E</strong><strong>dgewater NJ</strong></em></p> <p>Designed 3D, mechanical toy components for CNC and SLA fabrication, testing.</p> <p>Created and developed concepts for new toys.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Founding Partner&nbsp; /&nbsp; Designer&nbsp; /&nbsp; Project Manager</strong></p> <p><em><strong>June 2010 - Present&nbsp; / Cobego Design LLC,&nbsp;Columbus OH</strong></em></p> <p>Design, from research to production: Tool Canvas (patent pending), X-Sling iPad case, Sandplay Table. Design research for Home Plus Wellness Systems. 3D concept visualization for AlgaeVenture Systems.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Design Contractor</strong></p> <p><em><strong>March - April 2012&nbsp; / Michael Graves Design Group,&nbsp;Princeton NJ</strong></em></p> <p>Prepared houseware product concepts for manufacture.</p> <p>Solidworks 3D modeling, working drawings, Illustrator product renderings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Design Contractor</strong></p> <p><em><strong>April 2011 - February 2012&nbsp; / Priority Designs,&nbsp;Columbus OH</strong></em></p> <p>Designed and conducted ergonomic handle studies for Kobalt tools.</p> <p>Created vector icon system for Rockwell Automation industrial HMI control system.</p> <p>Solidworks, sketching and visualization for various clients including Mead, Nike, Lowe&rsquo;s, Ansen.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Design Contractor</strong></p> <p><em><strong>March 2011 - February 2012 &nbsp;/ Zukun Plan,&nbsp;Gahanna OH</strong></em></p> <p>Conducted and presented pressure-washer research / insights for Dirt Devil.</p> <p>Assisted in fabrication of full-scale model roadster (fiberglass).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Instructor</strong></p> <p><em><strong>January - March 2011&nbsp; / The Ohio State Univeristy,&nbsp;Columbus OH</strong></em></p> <p>Taught Design 203: Graphic Thinking, 5 credit-hour studio course.</p> <p>Perspective drawing and construction for design and pre-design students.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Industrial Design Intern</strong></p> <p><em><strong>June - September 2009&nbsp; / RA Mills Corporation,&nbsp;Medina OH</strong></em></p> <p>Designed, fabricated, tested interior components for VK-30 Aircraft, including a pilot seat and frame.</p> <p>Operated CNC mill; Fabricated fiberglass molds and parts, vacuum-bag.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Ohio State University&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Autumn 2005 - Spring 2010&nbsp; /&nbsp; Columbus OH</p> <p><em><strong>BSD (Bachelor of Science in Design) Industrial Design</strong></em></p> <p>Minor in General Business, 4 Quarters in Honors Engineering</p> <p>Cumulative GPA&emsp;.92/4.00&emsp;umma Cum Laude</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Folkwang Hochschule&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Autumn 2009&nbsp; /&nbsp; Essen Germany&emsp;</p> <p>Focus on User Experience Design and Arduino functional prototyping</p>


Ohio State University, Department of Design



IDSA (Industrial Designer Society of America)


Work featured on front page of ID-Mag.com, April 2012. Visualizations published in Stir Symposium 2011. One of three students selected to present undergraduate work, annual IDSA Student Merit competition. DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship recipient (study abroad). Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship recipient.