Objekt Produktion, LLC
2013 - Present (8 years)
Owner and principle industrial designer of a firm specializing in industrial design consulting, product design development, and limited production of consumer products.
Lead Industrial Designer/Project Manager
Whirlpool Corporation, Global Consumer Design
Benton Harbor, MI
2002 - 2013 (11 years)
Creative lead and project manager of multi-million dollar cooking and refrigeration appliance projects for the KitchenAid brand studio and product category studios. Extensive experience with strategic design initiatives such as visual brand language (VBL) development, advanced innovation programs and long-range product planning efforts. Managed the design implementation of the cooking category products for the highly successful KitchenAid Architect II kitchen appliance suite launched in 2006-2009 and Commercial Series ranges in 2010. Extensive travels abroad working with international multidisciplinary development teams and suppliers in China, Europe, Scandinavia and South America.
Experience includes innovation concept development, consumer trend and usability research, project management and scheduling, strategic planning, CAD development and documentation, Interaction design, product graphics, and experience with a wide range of materials and manufacturing processes. Management of cross-branded ID project teams on multi-million dollar programs.
Projects have included multiple suite-oriented lines of cooking & refrigeration products, including microwave ovens, built-in ovens, ranges, cooktops, warming drawers, refrigerators and countertop appliances. Significant experience with user interfaces for these products, utilizing LCD, LED and VFD display technologies along with capacitive touch and traditional membrane switch keypads.
Product Development Technologies
2001 - 2002 (1 year)
Conceptual development of a variety of consulting projects with PDT staff for a variety of clients in consumer electronics, lawn and garden products.
Senior Industrial Designer/Project Manager
Stevens Brooks Design Associates
1995 - 2001 (6 years)
Creative lead and project manager of consulting projects from concept into engineering for various clients and industries. Multiple levels of involvement from quick conceptual development through turnkey design and engineering programs.
Experience includes project management, proposal writing, project scheduling, consumer trend and usability research, focus testing, project team management, concept development, model making, human factors testing, CAD development and documentation, product graphic design, and experience with a wide range of materials and manufacturing processes.
Projects have included juvenile products, kitchen appliances, medical products, consumer electronics, office products, recreational products, power tools, lawn and garden products, construction equipment, industrial controls and furniture.
Senior Product Designer
Fisher-Price, Inc. – Juvenile Products Division
East Aurora, NY
Jan 1994 - Oct 1995 (1 year 9 months)
Full project responsibility from concept through production in the design of juvenile furniture and accessories for the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Interface with marketing, engineering, manufacturing, vendors, consultants, and president of company.
Experience includes concept development, form and surface development, model making, human factors testing, consumer research and focus testing, CAD development, computer based graphic design and experience with a wide range of materials and manufacturing processes.
Projects have included a range of multi-featured highchairs, portable clip-on highchairs, travel play cribs and advanced development projects.
Industrial Designer I & II
Nov 1986 - Jan 1994 (7 years 2 months)
Full project responsibility from concept through production in the design of consumer plumbing products for the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Interface with marketing, engineering manufacturing, vendors, consultants, and C.E.O. of company.
Projects have included an electronic shower tower, hand shower and showerhead program, a variety of whirlpool bath and shower units, bathroom and kitchen faucetry, and advanced development projects.