Design Manager - Bags
Apr 2018 - Present (3 years 2 months)
Sr. Product Designer
Apr 2012 - Present (9 years 2 months)
Manage and execute the product design and development of unique storage solutions for travel, outdoor activities, sports, consumer electronics and active lifestyle accessories for the Thule and Case Logic brands.
_Complete and manage projects with design and development processes from project brief to final production. This process entails extensive market and consumer research, competitive product analysis, rapid visualization, conceptual / realistic illustrations, design detailing, prototype fabrication, user analysis, ergonomic assessments, pricing evaluation before the production phase.
_Recruit, train and supervise product design interns. Help support and identify projects and key areas of focus for their own professional development.
_Generate and present complex product concepts, refined samples and computer aided drawings to clients, project managers and upper management.
_Work with development to maintain product timelines for numerous projects at once.
_Daily communication with our overseas development team discussing sampling, materials, revisions of projects and anything else that may need to be addressed during the development phase of a project.
_Attend annual North American and European trade exhibitions and complete retail auditing with a focus in consumer electronics, house wares and action sports industries to research new technological developments and identify emerging trends.
_Frequent travel overseas to work closely with our venders and development team to develop and finalize products.
_Attend numerous North American and Global sales meetings to represent the design team and field any questions that may arise.
Feb 2014 - Aug 2015 (1 year 6 months)
Lead design consultant for the Denver based startup Revolar. Tasked in figuring out the original aesthetics and final function of their first product launch - The Revolar Personal Safety Device.
Mar 2007 - Apr 2012 (5 years 1 month)
_Product designer for the world’s largest producer of soft-sided insulated goods. Products include backpacks, messengers, cooler bags, lunch bags, hydration bottles and diaper bags.
_Daily correspondence with Chinese manufacturers throughout the entire development process.
_Produce and present material that effectively communicates concepts for internal and external audiences.
_Traveled on multiple development trips to factories in Southern and Northern China, helping to finalize product lines, source new materials and find new factories.
Intern Product Designer
Bestway Inflatables & Material Corp
Jun 2008 - Sep 2008 (3 months)
_Designer for the 2nd largest global inflatables manufacturer in Shanghai, People's Republic of China.
_Design pool toys, inflatable furniture, air mattresses, kids play pools, and camping accessories.
_Work closely with engineers to generated new product development
_Work hands on in the prototyping lab to explore new and innovative shapes for new product development.