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  • Ryan Lee

    Design Director at The North Face

    San Francisco, CA

Industrial Designer: Specialist in soft-sided product, ranging from small photo-bags to backpacks and full sized luggage. Dedicated to creating appropriate product for the market, that is loyal to brand DNA and generates a fun and surprising user experience.

Work Samples



Work History

  • Senior Equipment Designer

    Designed and executed innovative exploration equipment: day packs, gloves, and technical packs.
    Hire, manage, and oversee contract designers.
    Execute new brand directives to create a stronger more cohesive product line at retail.

  • Industrial Designer

    • Thule Carry Solutions
    • Oct 2006 - Jun 2011 (4 years 8 months)

    THULE / Case Logic is a product driven company obsessively devoted to organizing your "stuff". This devotion is what has led to being a market leader in developing products to assist the Urban Nomad.
    Responsible for design and managing development of various product lines from concept to finished product.
    Created market leading cases, bags, backpacks, and luggage that gain placement worldwide.
    Experienced in traveling to China to collaborate with factories and textile manufacturers.
    Researched and contributed to market analysis, trend research, process development, and color palette.
    Developed and maintained internal material library. Pulling appropriate materials that match current trends and others that would embody the Case Logic brand DNA.
    Design directed project with Leeds to develop Case Logic branded pad-folios.
    Researched, designed and delivered concept presentations to Kodak, Sony, Philips, and Oakley.
    Extensive tradeshow travel for material research and vendor meetings at Mipel and Ante

  • Industrial Designer

    • N.A. Tech Inc.
    • Dec 2005 - Sep 2006 (9 months)

    NA Tech is an engineering firm that develops cutting edge technology using their patented software. Often providing consulting work in welding and manufacturing processes.
    Conceptualized products by applying patented company technology to new markets.
    Marketed and documented existing products and company services to be presented to clients and at tradeshows.
    Developed product training for PAPS machine and presented to Northrupp Grumman.

  • Wrangler/Guide

    • Boulder Lake Lodge
    • Jul 2006 - Aug 2006 (1 month)

    Led guided tours on horseback through the Bridger-Teton wilderness. Took guests on week long tours of fishing, riding, and camping.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    • Bachelor of Science Industrial Design
    • 2001 - 2005



2008 Core 77 1 hour design challenge - 1st place 2005 Top tier senior design thesis 2005 Work published in Innovation Magaizine 2004 GreenBlue E-PC Competition Honorable Mention Work featured on "Treehugger" and Monkee Design.