Zach Raven is an Industrial Designer with 10+ years experience, living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Winner of multiple awards, including numerous Best of Neocon awards, Good Design and Red Dot awards, he is the owner of RVNDSGN, as well as a Senior Industrial Designer at IDa Design.

Work Samples

  • RVNDSGN Timepieces

  • RVNDSGN Architecture

  • Ion Bicycle Helmet

Work History

  • Senior Industrial Designer

    • IDa Design
    • Zeeland, MI
    • Dec 2016 - Present (10 months)

    IDa Design is a small design firm specializing in contract furniture design. I'm currently leading concept development with a collaborative team, managing design from concept to post-launch with client management, engineering, marketing and sales. Major contributions on a team who has developed Allsteel Stride Desking, Stride Bench, Allsteel Gather collaborative family, Gunlocke Credentials Casegoods, Converge Converence Tables, Silea Casegoods and Bench, Allsteel Further system furniture, as well as many other contract and speculative based projects. Winner of 2 Chicago Athenaeum Good Design awards, 2014 IDEA award finalist, 2016 Red Dot Award, and 3 NeoCon Silver awards and 2 NeoCon Gold awards.

  • Owner/Creative Lead

    • RVNDSGN
    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • Jan 2011 - Present (6 years 9 months)

    RVNDSGN is a boutique watch brand established in 2011, the first of their kind, completely built using the latest in 3D additive-manufacturing technology. Designed in sintered titanium, the beauty of the manufacturing process shows the story of its creation through subtle grain on the case, allowing each watch to be unique. Our watches are made to order and completely hand assembled in the United States using high quality Swiss movements, laser-sintered titanium, and genuine leather.

  • Contract Industrial Designer

    • Dennis Foley Design
    • Holland, MI
    • Jan 2010 - Present (7 years 9 months)

    Dennis Foley works as a freelance designer with past work for Herman Miller and Izzy among others. Collaborated on a family of innovative chairs from sketching and CAD, to full-size models and renderings for presentation. Currently working with multiple manufacturers worldwide to introduce the chairs to the market this fall.

  • Industrial Designer

    • IDa Design
    • Zeeland, MI
    • Jan 2010 - Dec 2016 (6 years 11 months)

    IDa Design is a small design firm specializing in contract furniture design. I'm currently leading concept development with a collaborative team, managing design from concept to post-launch with client management, engineering, marketing and sales. Major contributions on a team who has developed Allsteel Stride Desking, Stride Bench, Allsteel Gather collaborative family, Gunlocke Credentials Casegoods, Converge Converence Tables, Silea Casegoods and Bench, Allsteel Further system furniture, as well as many other contract and speculative based projects. Winner of 2 Chicago Athenaeum Good Design awards, 2014 IDEA award finalist, 2016 Red Dot Award, and 3 NeoCon Silver awards and 2 NeoCon Gold awards.

  • Industrial Designer

    • J.RUITER
    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • Jun 2009 - Jun 2012 (3 years)

    J.RUITER is a small design firm specializing in furniture, marine, transportation, product, and concept design. Managed design projects from ideation through CAD development and prototyping, including concept development, sketching, 3d modeling & rendering, and mockup models. Worked together with Joey and clients' teams to develop Nucraft Cavera Casegoods, and Passport Conference Tables, Izzy Nemo Bar, Conference, and Trellis, concepts for Sassy Baby, as well as bicycles, a pontoon skiff, custom buggy, electric motorcycle, and others. Winner of 3 NeoCon Gold awards, including Best of Show.

  • Industrial Designer

    • IDa Design
    • Zeeland, MI
    • May 2008 - Mar 2009 (10 months)

    IDa Design is a small design firm specializing in contract furniture design. Oversaw product brochure layout, rendering, and photo retouching. Collaborated in a team environment on all aspects of the design process developing Allsteel Stride openplan casegoods, and Gunlocke Silea casegoods.

  • Industrial Designer

    ADAC Automotive produces aftermarket automotive products using it’s unique set of proprietary technologies.
    Managed showroom, product boards, brochures, and web icons for 2007 SEMA Show. Lead design conceptualization projects for Honda, Harley Davidson, and Cadillac.

  • Industrial Design Intern

    Turnstone Furniture focuses on smart design and good value for the contract furniture industry.
    Worked as a team designing open-plan casegood products. Managed development on side tables and screens.

Education

  • Kendall College of Art and Design

    • BFA Industrial Design
    • 2005 - 2007
  • Western Michigan University

    • - Graphic Design
    • 2001 - 2004

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA; Design West Michigan

Awards

2016 Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award - Gunlocke Saranac / 2016 ID Hip Award - Gunlocke Trillia / 2016 ID Hip Award - Gunlocke Saranac / 2016 Metropolis Likes - Gunlocke Trillia / 2016 NeoCon Silver - Allsteel Approach / 2016 Red Dot Award / 2014 IDEA Finalist - Allsteel Further / 2014...
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