Tyson recently completed a Master of Fine Arts degree (Furniture Design, 2012) at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. After completing his undergraduate work (Industrial Design, 2004) at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, he worked for a number of bay area clients as a product design consultant. He has been fortunate in his young career to have traveled to many remote parts of the world as both a competitive athlete, and more recently as an exhibiting artist and designer. Tyson’s individual and collaborative work has been featured in publications such as: Surface Magazine, Eco-Design:the Sourcebook, 500 Tables, Design Life Now, and museums such as the San Jose Museum of Art, in California.

Work Samples

  • Ocean's Edge

  • Moments in Time

  • Shoreline Bench

Work History

Tyson Atwell www.tysonatwell.com | tysonatwell@gmail.com | +1 707 980 9142 { Education } Rhode Island School of Design | MFA w/ Honors, Furniture Design [2010-2012] California College of the Arts | BFA w/ Distinction, Industrial Design [2000-2004] { Professional Experience } Design Consultant | Self-Employed, San Francisco, CA [2006-2010] - Developed innovative and appropriate design solutions that exceeded project goals and expectations - Accelerated product development cycle through sketching, CAD, model-making, and presentation - Maintained clear communication pathways between client, engineering, design, and production teams Furniture Maker | Fetzer Architectural Woodworking, Salt Lake City, UT [2005-2006] - Demonstrated ability to interpret complex drawings, and implement procedures to meet specifications - Utilized knowledge of woodworking tools and machinery in designing safe and efficient methods of work - Optimized workflow of project team to finish jobs on-schedule, while maintaining high standards Product Designer | Meyerhoffer Studio, San Francisco, CA [2003-2005] - Unearthed valuable design insights, contributing to the studio process from initial concept to production - Managed studio model-shop including ‘RP’ file generation, parts delivery, painting, and assembly - Fostered excellent local and international client relationships via phone, e-mail, in person, and off-site { Teaching Experience } Adjunct Faculty | Rhode Island School of Design, Dept. of Furniture Design, Providence, RI [2011] - Created a full spectrum of course materials including syllabus, semester project briefs, worksheets, student questionnaire, evaluation forms, and dynamic course website - Supported course aims and objectives through digital presentations, lectures, hands-on technical demonstrations, mid-term evaluations, optional help-sessions, and student presentations - Led weekly, mid-term, and final semester critiques of student process work and final projects Assistant to Digital Technologies | Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI [2011] - Assisted undergraduate and grad students with the safe operation of RISD’s CNC-Router/Laser-Cutter Facilitated the development of student work that leveraged emerging digital fabrication technologies - Consulted with faculty and administration to imagine future pathways toward expanding and optimizing shared technology resources, spending, and usage { Group Exhibitions } RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition | Providence Convention Center, Providence, RI [2012] PLURAfacture: A Confluence of Materials and Methods | Providence, RI [2012] MADE: From Concept to Reality | Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI [2012] Transformations | Ventura Lambrate, Milan, Italy [2012] Function Flows Free | Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI [2011] New West Coast Design | SFMCD, San Francisco, CA [2008] *Co-Designer, Meyerhoffer Surfboards Blobjects and Beyond | San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA [2005] *Co-Designer, Products Finish Furniture Exhibition | UTAS, Hobart, Tasmania, AUS [2002] { AWARDS & GRANTS } Honors Designation | Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI [2011-2012] RISD GS Grant Recipient | Craft Futures Project [2011] European Ski Award | Co-Designer of Biomex® snowsports helmet w/ Meyerhoffer [2004] CCA Trustees’ Scholarship Recipient | California College of the Arts, CA [2003-2004] International Design Resource Award | Designer of Tulip, scrap acrylic doorknob [2001] { Community Involvement } Tech Futures | Spearheaded an initiative to gain heightened access to digital fabrication technologies for art and design students at RISD, Providence, RI [2011-2012] Moss Beach Playground | Volunteered carpentry skills for a play structure, Moss Beach, CA [2004] IDSA Vice President | CCA Student Chapter, San Francisco, CA [2003] { Selected Press } 500 Tables: Inspiring Interpretations of Function and Style | Lark Books, [2009] ecoDESIGN: The Sourcebook | Chronicle Books [2006] Design Life Now | Smithsonian Press [2006] *Co-Designer w/ Meyerhoffer Studio Blobjects and Beyond | Chronicle Books [2005] *Co-Designer w/ Meyerhoffer Studio and VooDoo Future Perfect | Surface Magazine Issue #49 [2003] *Co-Designer w/ Meyerhoffer Studio Mercury Daily News | Hobart, Tasmania [2002] *Featured Artist

Education

Rhode Island School of Design | MFA w/ Honors, Furniture Design [2010-2012] California College of the Arts | BFA w/ Distinction, Industrial Design [2000-2004]

Specialties

Awards

Honors Designation | Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI [2011-2012] RISD GS Grant Recipient | Craft Futures Project [2011] European Ski Award | Co-Designer of Biomex® snowsports helmet w/ Meyerhoffer [2004] CCA Trustees’ Scholarship Recipient | California College of the Arts, CA [2003-2004] International Design Resource Award | Designer of Tulip, scrap acrylic...
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