Oct 2013 - Present (7 years 11 months)
Industrial Design Lead, Contract
Jun 2009 - Present (12 years 3 months)
Leading the industrial design effort for multiple consumer electronic and medical devices, working closely with a range of clients from small startups to large corporations.
Meeting with clients and conducting on-site research to assess needs, then outlining and implementing a strategy via sketching, prototyping, and evaluating concepts. Partnering with and pushing engineering teams to maintain the best possible user experience for the manufactured product.
IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) Silicon Valley Chapter
May 2012 - Jan 2014 (1 year 8 months)
Launching a new IDSA chapter and fostering a vibrant Silicon Valley design community.
Pushing beyond traditional industrial design by reaching out to creatives and entrepreneurs in related fields, hosting events with inspiring speakers such as anthropologist Genevieve Bell, design researcher Steve Portigal, and futurist Nick Foster.
Project Management & Design Intern
Sep 2011 - Sep 2012 (1 year)
Taking on the multiple roles that a small design firm demands while working alongside two senior IDEO alumni to bring multiple elegant, meaningful products to market for Logitech and Ultimate Ears.
Meeting with clients, brainstorming, researching, mocking up and sketching diverse, radical solutions in early phases. Formulating presentations, researching and developing new materials, and creating manufacturing documents later in the process.
Writing a successful project pitch to a client and managing the resulting design effort. Working with little guidance, communicating directly with clients and collaborating with engineering teams.
Mar 2010 - Aug 2010 (5 months)
Developing the design brief for the next gen of L'Oreal Paris point of purchase displays in collaboration with ARNO's international design team. Conducted research of cosmetics consumers and retail environments, culminating in a research booklet containing insights used by the team.
Public Relations Assistant
Solano County Library
Jun 2008 - Feb 2009 (8 months)
Discovered new ways to promote and innovate within library system serving over 400,000 residents. Worked with librarians at all 8 branches to better understand their needs.
Developed and managed social media and email marketing campaigns, designed bold new signage after noticing an underutilized branch. Drafted a proposal for a multi-faceted literacy program involving interactive media.