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  • Topher Wong

    Softgoods Designer, Apparel Designer, Industrial Designer

    Vancouver, Canada

Passionate about creating products to enhance the experience of sport and exercise. Also a huge bag nerd.

Work Samples

  • STOWAWAY Packable Running Jacket

  • lululemon Men's FW 2015 Run Collection

  • Mountain Biking Backpack

Work History

  • Freelance Designer

    Designing textile patterns, plush creatures, injection-moulded toys, and product logos. Preparing technical specification packages and colour specification packages for manufacturers in China.

  • Intern

    Partnered with Director of Design to design and prototype bike bags and backpacks. Prepared fabric and trims for production line and sewed subassemblies for backpacks. Sewed accessories for retail including wallets and cellphone pouches.

  • Industrial Designer

    Operated in teams of designers, engineers, and brand managers to develop toy and board game concepts. 3D modeled toys for rapid prototyping and production, created technical specification packages and colour specification packages, and directed communications with modelers in China.

Education

  • Kwantlen University

    • Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design | Technical Apparel Design
    • 2014 - 2015

    • Explored ergonomics, anthropometry, psychology, thermal physiology, kinesiology, and safety in relation to apparel • Studied textile properties in relation to function, performance, and sustainability • Created business case based on evaluation of current markets, economic forecasts, and user profiles • Designed, prototyped, and tested outerwear for long-distance running

  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design

    • Unclassified | Soft Goods Design
    • 2010 - 2010

    • Studied technical fabric selection, soft goods prototyping, ergonomics, pattern-making, and soft goods production • Designed, prototyped, and tested a hydration pack for mountain biking

  • Carleton University

    • Bachelor of Industrial Design | Industrial Design
    • 2001 - 2006

    • Studied colour theory, creative problem solving, design process, ergonomics, marketing, manufacturing techniques, and sustainability issues

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