01 Portfolio


02 Experience



Senior Industrial Designer
Part of a talented team of producers, artists and developers working with major agencies and brands.  I helped create physical spaces and objects for experiences, events and social media activations.  Clients included Apple, Amazon Web Services, Levi's and Hilton Hotels.


Karten Design

Senior Industrial Designer

Senior contract position at a dynamic and innovative Los Angeles design house, handling consumer and professional products ranging from Playstation controllers to industrial X-Ray machines to smart toilets. Sketch concepts and storyboards through to working prototypes, final production and manufacturing details for companies including Kohler, AEG, Duracell and DirecTV.


Sony Design Center

Senior Industrial Designer
Nine years of experience leading a wide range of innovative ideas to market. Projects include the current Sony/News Corporation HD Jumbotron in Times Square, the world’s first Cinealta 4K professional digital cinema projectors, unique Bravia LCD surround sound televisions for Latin America and Brazil, fashion accessories and soft goods, interactive environments, and automotive systems in cooperation with Ford and Visteon. 


Opticore AB

Application Engineer

A Swedish software company specializing in real-time 3D visualization for the web, design simulations, and commercial applications. Clients included Ford, GM, GE, Honda, Volvo, Jaguar, Audi, Bertone, and Nokia among many others. Using raw CAD data supplied by manufacturers, photorealistic environments and models could be produced that can be modified in real time - even while fully rendered. Created animated, interactive design presentations demonstrating these features, as well as aiding in software development and creating marketing material. Assisted in tutoring sessions and cooperated with studio designers to personalize interfaces and workflows.


Center for Creative Studies

Industrial Design

BFA Industrial Design.  Studied Transportation Design, Product Design, Interactive Media
Major corporate sponsored projects: Ford Th!nk Electric Car, Jansport Daypack



Innovation Designer
Led soft goods and hard goods projects from mobile protection and accessories to wireless networking and energy management. I was responsible for a wide range of products and processes from complex tooled iPhone cases to handmade, low volume, professional equipment - even kit for a Tour de France cycling team. The full toolbox of skills was needed daily - from foam carving and aluminum milling to SolidWorks and Keyshot.  Excellent experience working with advanced materials, round-the-clock development cycle with multidisciplinary teams in Asia and  deep dives into very specific processes and problem-solving. 


University of Michigan

School of Art & Design

Industrial Design, Fine Arts, Sculpture

03 Analog Photography

The Kids are Alright
Nikon F4
Contax 137 MD Quartz
Porst Compact Reflex SP
Porst Compact Reflex SP
Precides Box Camera
Diana F+
Pentax Spotmatic
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Los Angeles, CA
Since 2001



Industrial Design

In more than a decade of industrial design experience I’ve helped bring dozens of successful ideas to market including the full range of consumer electronics from popular Sony televisions to toy drones; experiential spaces for Levi's, Hilton and Amazon Web Services; truly industrial X-Ray inspection machines and factory power controllers; branding in the form of a 40-foot-tall Times Square Jumbotron and a Tour de France cycling team; mobile audio for Ford and Visteon; softgoods including bags and protective phone cases; stage design for a major music festival and professional equipment like the world's first 4K digital cinema system.


From initial research and concept ideation through to CAD, rapid prototyping, tooling and packaging, I have deep experience in all stages of the product development process with teams around the world. I take any chance I can to be hands-on at all stages of a project, be it troubleshooting in Tijuana or picking fabrics in Guangzhou.

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Have a lovely day.


Tel: 201-892-5104

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