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  • RYAN MATHER

    Sr. Product Designer

    Boulder, CO

Designer currently working in the softgoods industry in Colorado

Work Samples

Work History

  • Sr. Product Designer

    • Thule Inc.
    • Boulder, CO
    • Apr 2012 - Present (5 years 8 months)

    Manage and execute the product design and development of unique storage solutions for travel, outdoor activities, sports, consumer electronics and active lifestyle accessories for the Thule and Case Logic brands.

    _Complete and manage projects with design and development processes from project brief to final production. This process entails extensive market and consumer research, competitive product analysis, rapid visualization, conceptual / realistic illustrations, design detailing, prototype fabrication, user analysis, ergonomic assessments, pricing evaluation before the production phase.
    _Recruit, train and supervise product design interns. Help support and identify projects and key areas of focus for their own professional development.
    _Generate and present complex product concepts, refined samples and computer aided drawings to clients, project managers and upper management.
    _Work with development to maintain product timelines for numerous projects at once.
    _Daily communication with our overseas development team discussing sampling, materials, revisions of projects and anything else that may need to be addressed during the development phase of a project.
    _Attend annual North American and European trade exhibitions and complete retail auditing with a focus in consumer electronics, house wares and action sports industries to research new technological developments and identify emerging trends.
    _Frequent travel overseas to work closely with our venders and development team to develop and finalize products.
    _Attend numerous North American and Global sales meetings to represent the design team and field any questions that may arise.

  • Contract Designer

    • Revolar
    • Boulder, CO
    • Feb 2014 - Aug 2015 (1 year 6 months)

    Lead design consultant for the Denver based startup Revolar. Tasked in figuring out the original aesthetics and final function of their first product launch - The Revolar Personal Safety Device.

  • Product Designer

    • Arctic Zone
    • Chicago, IL
    • Mar 2007 - Apr 2012 (5 years 1 month)

    _Product designer for the world’s largest producer of soft-sided insulated goods. Products include backpacks, messengers, cooler bags, lunch bags, hydration bottles and diaper bags.
    _Daily correspondence with Chinese manufacturers throughout the entire development process.
    _Produce and present material that effectively communicates concepts for internal and external audiences.
    _Traveled on multiple development trips to factories in Southern and Northern China, helping to finalize product lines, source new materials and find new factories.

  • Intern Product Designer

    • Bestway Inflatables & Material Corp
    • Shanghai, China
    • Jun 2008 - Sep 2008 (3 months)

    _Designer for the 2nd largest global inflatables manufacturer in Shanghai, People's Republic of China.
    _Design pool toys, inflatable furniture, air mattresses, kids play pools, and camping accessories.
    _Work closely with engineers to generated new product development
    _Work hands on in the prototyping lab to explore new and innovative shapes for new product development.

Education

  • University of Illinois at Chicago

    • BFA in Industrial Design Industrial Design
    • 2004 - 2008
  • Northern Illinois University

    • - Visual Communications
    • 2002 - 2004

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA

Awards

'08 UIC School of Art and Design Faculty prize for Industrial Design, '08 UIC Merit Award Nominee, Peter Langmar Memorial Design Award '07

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