I am an Industrial Designer from Southern California who is passionate about design and creating products that are appealing, highly enjoyable, and undoubtedly functional. When I am not in the shop getting sawdust everywhere, you can find me in my garage shaping surfboards.
My road to becoming an Industrial Designer began in 2012 when I helped create a small family-run business called The Dusty Oak. We specialized in reclaiming used oak wine barrels and turning them into art worthy furnishings. Deck chairs, Adirondack chairs, benches, stools, side tables, wine bottle racks, and small gift sized items. This was my turning point. My inspiration to go back to school and realize my creative potential.
Prior to this realization, I was a Senior Consultant for a software services company. I worked with an Enterprise Asset Management program called Maximo and provided many different services such as report development and customization, data configuration and loading, custom application development, project management, and client training. But my passion for working with my hands and creating was too strong to ignore.
In 2013, I decided to take a leap and enroll in the Art Institute of California, Orange County for a degree in Industrial Design. The journey to become an Industrial Designer has been a life changing ambition and I thoroughly enjoy the challenges of creating new products.
Since attending AiOC, I have been part of a some really unique and interesting projects. One of my favorites was the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday Celebration, where I was asked to design an 8-foot-tall birthday cake – complete with LED lighting and a small compartment for a regular sized cake in the base. The cake was presented on stage to the Dalai Lama at the Honda Center in Anaheim while Michael Franti sang Happy Birthday to in front of thousands. The Wallstreet Journal, OC Register and a few others wrote articles that feature the cake and its build process. UCI recorded the event and it can be found on Youtube – see 1:40:30 to 1:44:50.
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