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Mike O'Brien

Design Co-op

Cincinnati, OH, USA

Work Experience

Thule Group

Industrial Design Co-op

January 2015 - May 2015 Boulder, Colorado, United States


Industrial Design Co-op

I was part of the product development team at Munchkin a major provider in baby products. I had two independent projects that I took through initial conceptualization, concept development, and physical proof of concept modeling before I returned to school.
May 2014 - August 2014 Los Angeles, California, United States


Industrial Design Co-op

I am a paid full-time Industrial Design Co-op for the luxury furniture and home decor company Frontgate. I have taken multiple products from design research, through conceptualization, and finally making a spec pack to send to manufacturing companies. I have also taken sample of various projects and conversed back and forth with such manufacturing companies discussing changes to the current design and manufacturing techniques. I am also currently working on an independent project on my spare time which I plan to present to at the end of my co-op.
August 2013 - Present Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Fred Sparks Design

Industrial Design Co-op

I was a full-time Industrial Design Co-op, during which I was responsible for jobs such as design research, competitor research, concept development, etc. on multiple projects. I was also working on an independent project in my free time, where I took my idea through the entire process; design, competitor, and consumer research, concept development, manufacturing, and material research, and a final presentation that I used to used to pitch my idea to the company that is currently working to put into production.
January 2013 - June 2013 Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Metaphase Design Group


Competitor Research, Field Research, Shape and Form Research, Photography of Products, Touch up Work in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
September 2010 - August 2011 Saint Louis, Missouri, United States


University Of Cincinnati

Industrial Design

I am currently a 3rd year Industrial Design student at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP).
August 2011 - Present Cincinnati, Ohio, United States


2D Conceptualization, 3D Modeling/Visualization, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Autocad, Autodesk Alias Automotive, Craft, Digital Painting, Digital Sketching, Drafting/Spec Drawing, Hand Sketching, Keyshot, Metal Work, Model Making, Photoview, Sketchbook Pro, Solid Works, Wood Working,