Hi, I’m Mike. I'm looking for a full-time job as an industrial designer near San Francisco, CA. Hire Me!

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Portfolio

I believe the work that I do should improve lives and give people an increased awareness of their surroundings.
Handmade Projects

Handmade Projects

Projects I’ve built by hand.

Tinkering Monkey

Tinkering Monkey

My Woodworking Business

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Why Hire Me?

Experience Counts

I worked for Smart Design as an industrial designer, where I worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from Clorox to Neato Robotics. I also had the unique role of being the shop manager, as I took it upon myself to nurture our bare bones workshop to a full fledged model shop—which included building a vacuum forming machine from scratch. Before that, I kept things running smoothly at Lunar Design as a studio assistant.

(I also sold phones at Radioshack, tutored kids at the YMCA, and worked at a chicken factory in Georgia)

Human Centered Design

I wholeheartedly believe that design should serve a purpose beyond making something beautiful. Successful design embraces the fact that things are created for people, to be used by people. I believe that solving everyday problems is the most fulfilling part of the design process.

Half Engineer, Half Designer

Unlike most designers, I fall in the middle on the spectrum between engineer and designer. I’ve always been an analytical problem solver with the knack of being able to design with the user’s needs in mind. This combination of skills has led me to where I am now – a designer with an engineer’s eye for function.

Client List
  • OXO
  • Neato Robotics
  • Clorox
  • DirectTV
  • HP
  • Hitachi
  • Resmed
Skills
  • Proficient with most shop tools
  • MIG welding
  • Metal casting
  • Automotive, mechanical & electrical
  • Woodworking
  • Foam model making
  • Functional prototyping
  • Rhino & basic Pro-E
  • Adobe, Microsoft, etc.
  • Video editing
Detailed Knowledge
  • Blow molding
  • Packaging
  • Basic mold design
  • Design with structural integrity in mind
Education
  • BS Industrial Design, San Jose State
What They’re Saying:
“…added a shot of creativity through one of his ad-hoc built prototypes and generated new thinking…after all, we didn’t call him MikeGyver for nothing.”
—Nasahn Sheppard, Director, Industrial Design, Smart Design
“…one of my top picks for a team member. He’s one of the best “hands on” problem solvers…”
—John Kiechel, Associate Director of Industrial Design, Smart Design
“…inventive tinkerer with a penchant for discovering the unexpected.”
—Brook Kennedy, Associate Director, Industrial Design, Smart Design
“…combines a fierce curiosity for all things mechanical with a creative eye and aesthetic sensibility.”
—Carla Diana, Senior Interaction Designer, Smart Design
“…breathes life into prototypes, models, and ultimately, final products.”
—Ryan Devenish, Visual Interaction Designer, Smart Design
“…fluent in conceptual experimentation, yet has such a firm grounding in reality.”
—Allan Velzy, Senior Designer, Smart Design

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My Story


Growing Up in Georgia

I grew up in rural Georgia with no television, video games, not even a pager. What I did have was wide open spaces, access to power tools and my imagination. My childhood was filled with DIY tandem bicycles, three story tree houses, and occasionally playing with fire (literally).


Oh, I can do that myself.

As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to do things on my own. This persistent feeling is what drove me to learn welding, video editing, swap my own transmission, and forego television for hours of YouTube how-to tutorials. Extreme self reliance isn’t always easy, but it makes me a stronger person.


Git ‘er Done

One of my first jobs was working for a chicken processing factory in the summer. I started out organizing more than fifteen years’ worth of files in a sweltering, steel warehouse in Georgia. I’ll always remember this as one of my most challenging jobs.


Starting Tinkering Monkey

A passion of mine is building interesting things in my home workshop. My personal project blog eventually morphed into a successful online store called Tinkering Monkey.

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Email
themikey@gmail.com
Phone
(408) 318-0159