Consumer Product Design
From Concept and Prototype to Patent and Production
Throughout my career, I have developed the concepts for manufactured consumer products. While keeping my clients’ objectives in the forefront, I focus on the user experience and combine art and engineering while creating style and function for the end product.
The typical duties of a professional consumer product designer (industrial designer) include:
- Research who will use the product and the various ways it might be used
- Sketch out ideas or create blueprints
- Use computer software to develop virtual models of different designs
- Examine materials and production costs to determine manufacturing requirements
- Work with other specialists to evaluate whether design concepts will fill the need at a reasonable cost
- Evaluate product safety, appearance and function to determine if a design is practical
- Present designs and demonstrate prototypes to the client for approval
Industrial Designers imagine how consumers might use a product and test different designs with consumers to see how each design looks and works. They often work with engineers, production experts and marketing specialists to find out if their designs are feasible and apply their colleagues’ professional expertise to their designs.
Designed and developed working prototypes evolving from the inside first for best possible fit to outer shell aesthetics. Project involved providing all necessary plastic and soft goods designs and patterns for manufacture.
Fertilizer Spike Tool
Developed from rough client concept to promote ease of placing fertilizer spikes for trees and bushes. Charged with complete part and assembly layouts, on to steel fabrication of a working, finished prototype.
Mini Garden Hose Reel
Prototype development from concept illustration. Design of all part and assembly layouts including even wind mechanism to maximize inner housing space. Fabrication of finished, working prototypes for trade show and sales efforts.
Air Flow Demonstration Display Units
Design and development from initial concept to finished prototype for trade show and points of purchase. Displays demonstrate air flow differences between new polymer filter design and currently used paper filters via flaps and corresponding lights on the left, and a floating spinner on the right.
Gumball Bank 2
Incorporation of multiple concepts moving and dispensing coins and gumballs. Project involved illustrating and creating a working prototype and all CAD files for rapid prototype and tooling.
Package layout of articulating trade show model developed from rough client concept. Sculpted and painted foam with rigid plastic chassis complete with rolling treads, lighted visor and shooting chest cannon.
Little Tikes Projects
Responsible for all prototype stage development from concept sketches and illustrations.
Sit and Spin Whale, Push Car, Vacuum Cleaner, Flip Flop Truck, Washer / Dryer, Dishwasher / Blender
Vacuum Form Machine
Design and development of client miniature vacuum former concept that creates Matchbox size car bodies from plastic. Generation of trade show models and all necessary part drawings for manufacture.