Design Research Specialist
Institute for Creative Intigration
May 2011 - Apr 2013 (1 year 11 months)
Work in a tight knit team at a boutique firm, to develop and execute design research and strategy projects including: assisting in the writing of project proposals, developing qualitative research protocols, conducting ethnographic interviews, organizing and running workshops, uncovering key insights, developing and visualizing frameworks and design directives and on occasion articulating product form.
Freelance Product Designer/ Researcher
Aug 2008 - May 2011 (2 years 9 months)
Independently and with fellow designers, contracted product design and research services. Including development of product architecture, product form and recommendations on functional refinement. While I produced highly accurate mechanical models I was also involved in usability and ergonomic testing. Products were typically small durable medical equipment (DME).
Colors Materials and Finishes Intern
Jul 2010 - Sep 2010 (2 months)
Developed trend reports on new and emerging materials and technologies, worked closely with procurement to identify new suppliers, rendered detailed material finishes and managed large volumes of quantitative information in the development of specification documents used in production ramp up.
Museum of Science and Industry
Jun 2010 - Jul 2010 (1 month)
Developed and conducted user research studies to evaluate specific aspects of the user experience. Analyzed findings to develop insights and created a report which aggregated qualitative and quantitative findings into recommendations for the design staff.
Design Research Conference: Logistics Coordinator
IIT Institute of Design
Dec 2009 - May 2010 (5 months)
Led a team of designers in the planning, coordinating and execution of all logistical aspects of the conference to develop a unique and engaging user experience. I personally fabricated the student exhibit shown in the main hall of Spertus Institute, used by over 400 attendees throughout the conference and featured on core77.com (May 27 2010)
Fire and Light Originals
May 2007 - Feb 2008 (9 months)
Designed developed heat recuperation systems for gas fired, kilns used in the production of artisanal glassware. Assisted in the fabrication of production equipment. Developed highly visual components of the company's trade show booth, shown at the New York giftware show.
Event Planner: Sustainability Coordinator
Humboldt State University
Oct 2006 - May 2007 (7 months)
Led a team of Humboldt State University students, faculty and staff in organizing and running the Sustainable Living Arts and Music Festival. Coordinated over 20 independent firms to develop a portfolio of exhibits to inform attendees about a range of stainability issues.