Mike O'Brien

Industrial Designer

St. Louis, MO, USA
I am an Industrial Designer that's has been working in the industry for 2 years working for a variety of companies while completing my bachelors degree in Industrial Design. My experience encompasses sporting goods, bags & apparel, luxury furniture/home decor, baby equipment, international design systems research just to name few.

Checkout my website for examples of my work: http://www.mikeobriendesign.com/

Work Experience

Futuring Design

Industrial Designer

While working abroad in India, I was part of a four-person product design team focusing on products for the Indian kitchen. For three months I performed extensive 1st hand research of all stakeholders of the market (users, architects, builders, distributers, etc.) and as a team formulated design problems. I then compiled observations from a foreigner’s point of view and formulated comprehensive solutions to design problems that Indian designers, who grew up in this culture, hadn’t thought of. We then ideated as a team where, I would sketch separately and come back to the team and developed concepts. Our design team then presented our designs to upper management of a major competitor in the Indian kitchen market.
August 2015 - January 2016 Pune, India

Thule Group

Industrial Designer

January 2015 - May 2015 Colorado, United States


Industrial Designer

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 California, United States


Industrial Designer

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 Ohio, United States

Fred Sparks Design

Industrial Designer

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 Missouri, United States

Metaphase Design Group

Design Intern

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


University Of Cincinnati

Bachelors of Applied Science in Industrial Design

While in the University of Cincinnati's DAAP co-op program I continually switched between school semesters and four month paid internships where I performed all responsibilities of a full-time designer, resulting in two years of professional experience by the time I graduated. This professional experience has taught me aspects of the design process that simply cannot be taught in the classroom. For example, being the lead designer on multiple projects at once & self budgeting my time to push them through the entire design process (market research to manufacturing), communicating with foreign manufacturers, collaborating with engineers, presenting my concepts to upper management of a corporation, designing within brand guidelines, studying trend & brand development, etc.
August 2011 - May 2016 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,