Graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Work Samples

  • Portfolio

  • Sculpture

  • Ribbon Lamp

Work History

Ryan Ayendé Ford E-Mail: Objective: To develop useful and interesting items for consumers who care. Skills Woodworking and Hand carving, 3d Computer modeling, Metalwork (Including casting, and Arc Welding, Plaster Mold-making, College-level coursework in Japanese and Spanish, Graphic Design (including web design and Flash) Model Making, Ideation, Color Sketching, Sketch Mock-ups, User-end Research, Feasibility and Sustainability Analysis. Education Southern Illinois University, Carbondale - School of Art and Design (May 2006) Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial Design, Minor in Art History University of Illinois - LAS Parkland College Experience January 2014 - Present WRK Design Design and renovation for Retail environments and Private residence for numerous stores in New York City. New York, NY June 2008 - January 2014 Karamel Cabinetry Designer, Drafter, and fabrication of custom furniture and cabinetry. Brooklyn, NY June 2007 - Present Various Freelance clients: Digicell Crystal Temptations Barth Research New York, NY/Chicago, IL John Houshmand Furniture Studio Sept. 2007 - May. 2008 Intern Performed light fabrication, gallery promotion, and client tracking in SoHo showroom and studio where the focus is high-end sculptural furniture. New York, NY Creative Circle April 2007 - August 2007 Freelance Designer for event planning group in downtown Chicago. Chicago, IL DAluxe© (Now Operating as Dillon Garris Designs) Jan. 2007- Mar. 2007 Intern Designed furniture and interior elements for hotels and private residences in China, and France. Paris, France Lurk Ltd. (website) Sept 2004-2006 Co-founder Became a founding partner and contributing design writer. This evolved into an experience in which I had the opportunity to interview notable designers Dror Benshetrit, Guido Ooms, and Karim Rashid. Carbondale, IL S.I.U. Art History Dept - Slide Library May 2004- May 2006 Student worker Collaborated with university archivist to maintain quality of more than four hundred thousand historical slides. Interim Administrator for School of Art and Design website. Carbondale, IL Southern Illinois University Oct. 2003 - Aug. 2004 Project leader Led a student project team to develop a workstation designed to incorporate wheelchairs. The project was initiated by a local citizen, who was also a parapelegic, and required communicative and physical assistance, as well as the direction and experience of our team. The client is now seeking a patent. Carbondale, IL Programs AutoCAD, Cobalt, Solidworks, 3d StudioMax, AS400 business applications, Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, Access, WinNT/98/XP, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, Font Folio, Visual Basic programming, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Vectorworks.


  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

    • B.F.A. Industrial Design Industrial Design
    • 2003 - 2006

    Education - - , Minor in Art History University of Illinois - LAS Parkland College





Mitchell Award for Artistic merit (Fall 2004), Parkland College Merit Award (Spring 2003), SIUC Talent Scholarship (Fall 2003, Fall 2005 ), SIUC Rickert-Ziebold Trust Competition Finalist (Spring 2006), Masonite Door competition (Fall 2005), Home in the Year 2020 competition (Fall 2005)