I concept and create product designs and brand experiences that are designed for consumers. I am passionate about bringing products, services and brands to life in a meaningful manner using creative problem solving techniques that build on vision and research.
I help companies become more successful through design-based thinking to provide fresh designs and user experiences.
I am classically trained as a product / industrial designer in the U.K. and worked for many years to hone my craft in various corporations and agencies. On top of that, with experience in business and marketing I am fortunate to be able to step back and connect the big picture dots and how they apply to design. This allows me to think about designs that works for the longterm.
Design for manufacture was an important part of a British product education and I have experience designing with many materials including steel, wood, many types of plastics and fabrics. Along with the materials I also understand real world production techniques including the manufacturing and construction associated with each to enable faster, better designs.
Crafting metal and plastic:
Consumers are critical to the design process. Users cannot tell you exactly what to design, but with a little coercing they can help you understand how to design better. By adding consumer insights and understanding data that already exists we can create valuable innovations that people desire and find high value in.
Creating to conquer.
Physical prototyping allows us to learn quickly and identify design things we would not have found in software alone. Entrepreneurs call this “pivoting” when they need to adjust the business plan. I like creating soft and hard prototypes using flexible processes to get to those realizations and make good design decisions. Paper mockups or foam, sewing machines to 3d prints are the tools of the trade that can help communicate as well as learn and develop.
One of my more powerful aspects is due to my mixed experience in product development and brand. MBA’s taught me a lot about theoretical business and the real world taught me about the real business :). I use this wisely so I am often at the intersection of product design and brand story telling to create items which people really crave, told with meaningful stories.
Telling stories through marketing