About

Since graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005 with a BFA in Industrial Design I have quickly gained valuable experience as a designer and researcher. I have acquired a diverse set of methods and strategies that allow me to approach any design challenge with confidence. My goal is to arrive at an innovative and attractive solution that adds value for the user and builds upon the brand integrity of the client.

 

 

Experience

OtterBox – Industrial Designer III

March 2014 – Present, Fort Collins, CO

  • Working on all current and future power products as a part of the “New Series Team”
  • Creating compelling product solutions based on ethnographic and quantitative research
  • Leveraging new technologies to design products that solve the real needs of users identified by research
  • Refining and presenting solutions to management 

1OAK Technologies - Industrial Designer

Consumer Electronics R&D Division of OtterBox 

April 2013 – March 2014, Fort Collins, CO

  • Responsible for all Industrial Design from concept to production 
  • Create sketches and renderings to explore and communicate concepts  
  • Render photorealistic 3D CAD models for concept exploration and presentation 
  • Build physical models utilizing a variety of 3D printing methods

OtterBox – Senior Industrial Designer 

January 2011- April 2013, Fort Collins, CO

  • Worked as part of a cross-functional “Product Innovation Team”
  • Member of the fast paced “OEM Team” Responsible for doing quick turn design work within 3 days
  • Lead and participated in brainstorming sessions
  • Presented concepts to the Executive Team

Viking Range Corporation – Industrial Designer

August 2007 – January 2011, Greenwood, MS

  • Worked with domestic and foreign manufacturers from concept to production
  • Employed multiple research methods to identify new design opportunities
  • Evaluated pre-production and production parts for approval
  • Specified materials, finishes, and colors for products       

Advent – Freelance Exhibit Design Partner

November 2009 – Present, Nashville, TN

  • Design support for a variety of corporate, educational, and civic institution brand spaces
  • Create sketches, renderings, and environmental graphic design with short deadlines
  • Specify materials, finishes, lighting, and colors for environments and exhibits  

Concept Center International – Design Researcher

Design Center for Ryobi, Ridgid, Milwaukee, Craftsman, Toro, and Homelite tools

January 2006 – August 2007, Anderson, SC

  • Analyzed industry, technology, and design trends to find new opportunities
  • Conducted end user ethnographic interviews and contextual research in field settings
  • Developed branding with international teams guided by user insight and company objectives
  • Transformed findings into strategic and/or product insights and concepts    

DJS Design – Exhibit Designer

Exhibit design consultants specializing in athletic facilities, museums, and way finding

August 2005 – January 2006, Charlotte, NC

  • Generated sketches, models, and architectural drawings for concepts, presentation, and fabrication
  • Researched new technologies and components to implement into exhibits and inspire the team
  • Met with vendors, fabricators, and clients to review concepts, materials, and applications.        

Concept Center International - Industrial Design Internship

Spring 2005, Anderson, SC 

  • Generated sketches and renderings for conceptual development, patents, and presentations
  • Worked in multidisciplinary teams that included engineering, sales, marketing, and designers
  • Participated in international development of a new visual brand language for an existing brand

 

Education 

Savannah College of Art and Design BFA – Industrial Design, Minor – Computer Art 1999-2004       

Awards + Accolades

  • Innovation International CES 2013CES January 2013
  • Multiple patents and applications for work done at OtterBox and 1OAK Technologies 2011-2014     
  • GOOD Design Award 2009 – Viking Designer kitchen appliance line, 2008-2009
  • IDEA Award 2010, Bronze – Viking Designer kitchen appliance line, 2008-2009
  • U.S. Patent – Viking Range Corporation
  • Guest Juror and Student Mentor – SCAD | Continuum Design Charrette 2008
  • 1st Place – Bike rack design competition – Greenwood, MS  

Skills

Software PC and Mac, MS Office, 2D – Sketchbook Pro, Adobe CS – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, 3D – Solidworks, Rhino, Alias, and Keyshot

 Methods Market and observational research, Contextual research interviews, Persona and scenario development, Heuristic evaluations, Usability testing, Focus groups, Brainstorming, Iterative sketching, Form development, Digital sketching and rendering, Photorealistic 3D CAD rendering, sourcing, 3D printing, Model building and finishing, Material and finish specification, Product photography, and Design Presentation     

 

Activities + Interests

My passion for the outdoors and adventure means that you will usually find me skiing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, playing soccer, or trying something new and exciting.  As an active member of the community I often serve as a youth soccer coach, volunteer, and face painter.  I am interested in all realms of art and design including; photography, painting, and architecture.

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