Owner + Design Consultant
May 1998 - Present (23 years 4 months)
Focus on start-up businesses, inventors and entrepreneurs. Variety of design projects with US, Japanese and European clients.
Design Manager, Innovation & Advanced Concepts
Mar 2015 - May 2019 (4 years 2 months)
Led the team responsible for all advanced front-end concepting efforts of HP’s Design Teams. Helped strengthen the design culture and thinking within HP Inc. Built an Industrial Design Innovation Team and its creative process from scratch. Generated a huge body of advanced concepts, and filed over 60 utility patents.
Design Manager, Consumer Products (Core)
Feb 2011 - Mar 2015 (4 years 1 month)
Managed the front-end development of solutions, design language, advanced concepts, new product form factors & the product design strategy for all HP-, Compaq-, Pavilion- & Envy-branded consumer mobile PC clients (HP's Core business, Volume segment). Led the team successfully through multiple complex RFQs and negotiations. Managed engagements with multiple external vendors. Was responsible for the team’s goals, scheduling and all other line management duties.
Senior Lead Designer, Consumer Notebooks
Feb 2009 - Feb 2011 (2 years)
Was responsible for Dell Consumer Premium / Luxury Laptops in the period 2010 ~ 2011. Led Adamo (XPS-15z) & Studio/XPS portables 2011/2012.
Asst. Manager, Industrial Design
Samsung LA Design Lab
Oct 2005 - Oct 2008 (3 years)
Led Cluster ID Teams with focus on advanced concepts, new form factors, new experiences. Designed multiple successful mobile phones & accessories for the US market. Among these, the Samsung Alias 2 product stands out, as it was the first mobile phone to offer a multimode user experience, and to utilize e-ink displays under each individual QWERTY key (allowing users to switch between languages seamlessly and using the same hardware globally). The Samsung Capella jewelry-like headset concept was a unique look at wearables, in a moment when most other Bluetooth headsets were extremely conservative. The design won an Innovation Award at the 2009 CES in Las Vegas, but subsequently the company elected to cancel production, and released a much more conventional in-ear solution.
Founding Member, Designer
Design Funhouse Enterprises (DFE)
Jul 2007 - Sep 2008 (1 year 2 months)
Co-founded a design-centric startup, aiming to change how household and pet products are designed, manufactured and sold. Generated a large number of advanced concepts and product ideas: a patented pet bed, made out of durable environment-friendly materials, modular recyclable packaging, kitchen accessories, water bottles, etc. As part of this creative work, the popular Drinkwell 360 pet fountain stands out- it is successful and continues to sell well in a variety of iterations. This startup experience was unique and inspiring, it enabled a creative collaboration with some of the most talented industrial designers of our time. The team experienced insurmountable hurdles due to the Great Recession of 2008.
Sr. Designer (Lead Designer)
Jun 1999 - Oct 2005 (6 years 4 months)
Was recruited fresh from college. Contributed to Nokia's success that led to a 500% growth in less than 3 years. Design patents for a large number of best-selling, award-winning mobile phones. Designed the Nokia 1100, which remains the unsurpassed global record holder, as the top-selling consumer electronics product of all times (over 250mil units sold during the phone's lifetime).
Sr. Designer / Expat Specialist
Mar 2004 - Jun 2004 (3 months)
Worked with ID, Marketing, Engineering and Procurement teams on the award winning L'Amour Collection of fashion phones, winner of IDEA Silver Award.
Aug 1998 - Dec 1998 (4 months)
High-pace product design internship in the heart of Northern Italy.
- Roche AccuCheck (blood sugar meter system for diabetics)
- Puma: non-slippery water sandals, Ring mechanism running shoes