Graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Ryan Ayendé Ford
Objective: To develop useful and interesting items for consumers who care.
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.
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
June 2008 - Present
Designer, Drafter of furniture and cabinetry
June 2007 - Present
Various Freelance clients:
New York, NY/Chicago, IL
John Houshmand Furniture Studio
Sept. 2007 - May. 2008
Performed light fabrication, gallery promotion, and client tracking in SoHo showroom and studio where the focus is high-end sculptural furniture.
New York, NY
April 2007 - August 2007
Freelance Designer for event planning group in downtown Chicago.
Jan. 2007- Mar. 2007
Designed furniture and interior elements for hotels and private residences in China, and France.
Lurk Ltd. (website)
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.
S.I.U. Art History Dept - Slide Library
May 2004- May 2006
Collaborated with university archivist to maintain quality of more than four hundred thousand historical slides. Interim Administrator for School of Art and Design website.
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.
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.