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I have always been intrigued by the interaction between human and product. I have always had a fascination with memorable products from childhood. It's those products that we accept into our homes and lives that ultimately become a part of the who we are. Design is magical, and it is capable of positive experiences and memories. We, the designers of this generation, have the opportunity to have an impact on these experiences that we have grown so fascinated with.
Growing up in Colombia, I spent a lot of time in my grandfather's shop. He owned a small fishing-boat repair shop in Bogota. It was at an early age when I was convinced of becoming a creator, a maker, and an innovator. Aside from my love for design, I have found a passion for languages and travel. I have had the opportunity to design while living in China, and locally, I have had experience in both corporate and consultancy environments. I’m currently in search for my next design adventure.
D:E Creative (Austin, Texas, USA)
Soon after graduating from the University of Houston in 2014, I joined the design team at Design Edge (D:E) in Austin, Texas. I enjoy the fast paced consultancy work environment, as well as being a significant factor in the decision making process of a any product. At D:E I have worked on multiple products ranging from wearable devices, UX/UI, transportation, pet products, baby products, electronics, and sporting apparel. At D:E, I have been exposed to the entire product development process, including branding, packaging, and website design. My favorite aspect of the consultancy environment is the impact my design decisions are able to leave on a particular product experience. At D:E I have worked with a wide range of clients, ranging from start-ups to large corporate clients such as Dell and IBM.
SNAP-ON (Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA)
In the summer of 2014 I joined the Snap-On Tools as an Industrial Design intern for the Snap On Innovations Works team. There I worked on the re-design of their most popular lithium battery pack compatible with all of Snap-On power tools, for both consumer and automotive sectors. At Snap-On I had the opportunity to give life to, what is now, a Snap-On staple product. I worked on the design for the first Snap-On Diagnostics Cart intended for automotive shop technicians. With the Diagnostics Cart project, I was exposed to several design research methods such as interviews and focus groups. Snap-On gave me the exposure necessary to experience the corporate design field, in particular, a large US fortune-500 company.
TAO DESIGN (Hangzhou, China)
I had the opportunity to design for 6 months in China, as one of two international interns, in a fast paced design consultancy located in Hangzhou. While at Toout, I designed several products for both Chinese and international markets. Products such as the On-Watch Baby Monitor, as well as several Robam kitchen fans popular in Asian households. In China, I was exposed to the country’s manufacturing processes, the prototyping abilities within the industry, and interpersonal/cultural perspectives of industrial design professionals from across the world.