I'm an industrial designer who believes in balance.
For me, the best way to create a positive end user experience is to apply a well-rounded design methodology—one that considers consumer needs, the market, and the constraints. Over the past five years I’ve successfully developed numerous products from concept to market, but I still have plenty to learn. I don’t take myself too seriously, and I pride myself on being a dependable member of a collaborative team. I've lived up and down the east coast, from New York to South Carolina, but I currently reside outside of Charlotte, NC, where I work in the Product Design & Development group at Lowe's.
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Published in The Collegiate Times
Three batches in, but still learning!
Wood + Metal Shop Experience
Framing / Synthesis
Sticky Note Mastery
SAMPLE PDF [3.18 MB]
Wacom tablet, Sketchbook Pro.
Prismacolor, felt-tipped pen.
TECHTRONIC INDUSTRIES: ACCESSORY STORAGE IDEATION
Prismacolor, felt-tipped pen.
99 WAYS TO PUT A BASKETBALL IN A HOOP
Wacom tablet, Sketchbook Pro.
KOBALT TABLE SAW: LOCKING LEVER THUMBNAIL SKETCHES
Ball point pen.
CARTOON SERIES: "TRYING TOO HARD"
Felt-tipped pen, Photoshop.
KOBALT PORTABLE TABLE SAW
I developed this saw from concept to in-store, collaborating with overseas manufacturing partners throughout the process. After launching in Fall 2013, it has become one of the top-selling table saws at Lowe's.
TABLE SAW TYPES
Based on the affordable price and respectable performance potential, it was decided that the Contractor saw was the best fit for the Kobalt target customer: the "Curious Improver", a heavy DIY user that is excited by the challenge of new projects.
The main goal during the development of the housing was to provide storage for all necessary accessories. The final design uses tooled-in icons to indicate where each item should be placed.
IDEATION: LOCKING LEVER
Sketching was used to quickly explore forms for the locking lever that secures the sliding table extension. The top of the lever displays usage icons, while the bottom is contoured for comfort.
Each accessory has a storage home, and the cord wrap hooks can accommodate an additional 25-ft extension cord. An extendable rear material support makes it easy to manage long rip cuts.
A simple foot pedal mechanism allows the user to quickly switch from working mode to transport mode. When folded, the saw can rest level on the ground for flooring work.
PUSH STICK STORAGE (UTILITY PATENT PENDING)
The push stick stores conveniently inside the fence for quick access. During the submission of a utility patent application, I worked closely with Lowe's legal team to provide proper documentation and clarification of the feature and its benefits.
I also executed illustrations and graphic designs for the on-product point-of-purchase labels. These labels highlight important specs and features, and explain how to collapse the stand.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Shown is a comparison between the initial vendor proposal and the completed final design. Working collaboratively with the vendor's engineers and manufacturing experts led to an improved user experience and cohesive visual brand language.
KOBALT 4.5" SMALL ANGLE GRINDER
The development of this product was heavily informed by insights generated from extensive user research. Launched at Lowe's in Summer 2013.
To better understand the needs of heavy power tool users, I spearheaded research initiatives at multiple industrial work sites: F.R. Drake Manufacturing Company, Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant, and the Cape Fear Coal Facility.
The research findings were analyzed and organized into a visual map that could be used to guide the development process and prioritize design decisions. Most considerations focus on Simplicity (ie quick adjustment of the wheel guard), Comfort (ie compact ergonomics and vibration reduction), and Safety (quick identification of RPM rating for appropriate accessory usage).
IDEATION: GEAR HOUSING
Rough thumbnails and more refined digital sketches were used to explore forms and details. Some important areas of focus were auxiliary handle positions, exhaust venting, spindle lock location, and the addition of stabilizer "ears" on top so that the tool can rest on its back without damaging the grinding wheel.
Throughout the process, 3-D CAD files served as a reference for internal components. Both sketching and 2-D vector ideation were used as refinement tools. As shown in the bottom right image. a paddle style on/off switch was added, as this was an important feature to many grinder users (because the tool won't keep running when accidentally dropped).
3-D printing was used as an important validation tool, which allowed me to evaluate the geometry for ergonomic issues that are difficult to detect by looking at a computer screen. I was in contact with our overseas manufacturing partner on a daily basis, communicating these concerns and collaborating to reach viable solutions.
SPANNER WRENCH DEVELOPMENT
Many users complain that it is easy to lose the spanner wrench, and point out that it's difficult to identify which spanner wrench is compatible with various models of grinders. As a result, I developed a universal spanner wrench that can be easily adjusted to fit any grinder. A built-in carabiner-style clip also allows users to keep it close at hand.
Left: Tool-free adjustable wheel guard allows users to quickly change the position of the guard by simply pushing a spring-loaded lever. Right: Kobalt's Livewire indicator is added to inform users that the tool is plugged into a power source.
(1) Auxiliary handle with anti-roll geometry, (2) Spindle lock for changing discs, (3) Top-mount auxiliary handle position for cutting, (4) Stabilization rib for resting grinder when not in use, (5) RPM rating molded into housing for easy reference, (6) Livewire indicator, (7) Lock on button, (8) On/off paddle switch, (9) Safety lockout swtich, (10) Tool-free adjustable wheel guard.
KOBALT TILE SAW PROGRAM
This product line will include three SKUs when it launches in June 2015. Due to the confidential nature of the final designs, the user research is the only project phase that can be shown at this time. Check back in a few months for further details.
A collection of sketches, illustrations, and doodles, ranging from professional work to personal interests.
Targeting heavy DIY users, this saw includes a collapsible integrated stand and on-board storage for accessories. It has quickly become one of the most successful table saws sold at Lowe's. Launched Fall 2012.
Extensive on-site user research led to a series of user-centric features, including a compact form factor, intuitive control set, and improved safety. Launched Summer 2012.
User ethnography was used to identify pain points and optimize the overall experience for the new generation of Kobalt Tile Saws. Scheduled to launch Summer 2015.
This line of tools features color-coded bands on sockets and wrenches to differentiate Metric/English units, and blow-molded cases that nest with one another for easy storage and in-store display. Launched Summer 2011.
A collection of work executed during a 9-month internship at TTi, the parent company owning a number of power tool brands, including Ridgid and Ryobi.
Mobile storage for youth soccer coaches, accommodating all of the necessary equipment. Completed as a Senior Thesis at Virginia Tech in 2009.
Developed during a 3-month internship at Motorola, this concept product is intended to improve communication, work flow, and efficiency for restaurant wait staff. Summer 2008.
KOBALT MECHANICS TOOL PROGRAM
As one of my first projects at Lowe’s, I collaborated with a senior designer to update the mechanics tools and storage cases for Kobalt. The previous line had a number of user experience shortcomings and needed a visual brand language update.
The geometry of each case mates with the rest of the set to allow for stacking. This not only benefits users who own more than one set of tools, but it also helps Lowe’s associates maintain clean displays in the store.
HOW TO PREVENT THE ACCIDENTAL UPSIDE-DOWN OPENING?
The top and bottom of the case are different colors, serving as a simple reminder to users which side belongs up.
Color-coded bands help users quickly identify metric or standard tools. Stamping and laser etching are used to show sizes.
DESIGN GUIDE FOR SOCKETS AND WRENCHES
This document was developed to provide the manufacturing partner guidelines for applying the designs across an enormous range of SKUs.
RYOBI TEK4 UTILITY LIGHT
As an extension of Ryobi's 4-Volt power tool line, this product serves as a versatile area light that can be adhered to any magnetic surface. I contributed early ideation sketching, product renderings, and some SolidWorks CAD iteration for touch points.
RYOBI E-TOOLS CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
I was involved in the early concept work for the updated line of Ryobi E-Tools, responsible for generating new ideas, visually communicating their functionality and benefits, and presenting them to cross-functional team members.
RIDIGD TILE SAW BLADE GUARD IDEATION
Using thumbnails and digital sketching, I worked with the lead designer to develop a blade guard for Ridgid's 7" Wet Tile Saw.
RYOBI HAMMER DRILL
Digital sketching and 2-D Photoshop rendering were used to refine a rotary hammer drill designed for Ryobi.
RYOBI PROMO KIT IDEATION
Each year, Ryobi releases a number of promotional power tool accessory kits. I provided early ideation sketches that explored cases, wall-mounted storage, and soft-sided bags.
RYOBI TEK4 SECURITY LOCK
A proposed addition to Ryobi's TEK4 line, this product is intended to secure items on an unattended job site. A steel cable can be looped around the object in question and threaded through the locking mechanism, which is released via a numeric pass code. I refined the design through concept sketching, and completed preliminary CAD models using SolidWorks.
RIDGID SUPERCLAMP WORKSTATION: LABEL DESIGN
Developing the labels for this Ridgid Workstation served to be a powerful exercise in graphic communication. Because tri-lingual translations are required by Ridgid's brand standards, the space was optimized by leveraging explanatory images instead of text.
MAG-SWITCH CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
I was responsible for brainstorming potential applications of a specific magnetic switch technology, and created several usage scenarios which were presented internally.
RYOBI UTILITY KNIFE GRAPHIC IDEATION
Illustrator and Photoshop were used for 2-D rendering of graphic concepts for the blade storage area of a Ryobi utility knife.
Interviews with youth sports coaches led to a number of insights. One finding was that many coaches prefer a modular system because some gear lives in the trunk permanently when not in use.
Early ideation was focused around the transport method. Combining a “stoller” configuration with a “hand truck” configuration provided the best balance of storage and portability.
Modular components were developed and full scale cardboard prototypes were built to validate and refine the design.
The system is designed to allow the main cart to live in the trunk, while a personal bag and water cooler can be carried separately.
ASSEMBLY AND CONSTRUCTION
The main housing is roto-molded HDPE, while many of the smaller components are injection-molded ABS.
The Benchwarmer provides storage for the following components: personal bag, water cooler, paper cups, trash bags, cones, first aid supplies, practice jerseys, and soccer balls.
Interviewing servers, hostesses, and restaurant managers led to a number of valuable insights. Most notably, workers in the food service industry need to be able to prioritize their duties without distraction.
A SYSTEM OF COMPONENTS
As a result of the research, a system was developed that links all roles together, improving workflow and communication.
Ideation centered around wearable locations for the waitress device. A wax prototyping machine was used to test and validate form ideas.
REFINEMENT + INTERFACE EVOLUTION
Development of the user interface influenced the physical form. A series of icons were developed to help notify the server of important events, such as food being ready for delivery to a table.
A basic clamshell design contains the internal hardware, and a proximity sensor is used for user input.
The Cinch comes with a convenient accessory clip that can attach to a retractable belt clip, lanyard, or wristwatch strap.
3D printing and CNC milling were used to produce an appearance model, along with several coats of paint and some sanding.
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2D & 3D Rendering
Wood/Metal Shop Experience
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Techtronic Industries, Inc.
Kobalt 10” Table Saw
Industrial Designer - Kobalt
Lead designer for Kobalt Handheld and Benchtop Power Tools categories within Lowe’s Product Design & Development team. Responsible for all phases of design process from concept to in-store: market research, design research, conceptualization, communication of design intent, CAD modification, sample review, development of on-product and point-of-purchase graphics. Experience in communicating with overseas manufacturing, managing external design resources, and collaborating with cross-functional teams: Branding, Merchandising, Engineering, and Global Sourcing.
Product Design Specialist
Contract designer on Lowe’s Functional Hardlines team. Designed for private brand assets Kobalt and Allen + Roth across multiple product categories: hand tools, garage storage, and home organization.
Industrial Design Intern
Worked on both Consumer and Professional Power Tools teams for Ridgid, Ryobi, and Craftsman brands. Executed concept drawings/renderings and generated CAD models using SolidWorks. Created graphics and presentations for internal and external communication.
Industrial Design Intern
Operated within Innovation & Design team of Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Business division. Developed a concept product to ease workflow and communication for restaurant wait staff.
B.S., Industrial Design
Cum Laude, Cumulative GPA 3.56/4.0
Push stick storage system (app. #14/499,446)
Motorola “Cinch” project promoted
Student Merit Runner-Up
Chosen by faculty to be recognized at IDSA Southern District Conference
Top 3 Finalist
Student Business Concept Competition
Excellence in Industrial Design Award
Honored by faculty as the most outstanding Junior
Jul 2012 - present
Aug 2010 - Jul 2012
Aug 2009 - May 2010
May 2008 - Aug 2008