Ben Guthrie

Senior Designer / Equipment // Mountain Hardwear

San Francisco, CA, USA
I'm a designer. Born and raised in Seattle, I grew up with a love for the outdoors and a knack for building things. I studied Industrial Design at the University of Washington and moved to California after graduation. I'm currently working at The North Face as an Equipment Designer, trying to spend less time at a computer and more time playing outside.

Work Experience

Mountain Hardwear

Senior Designer // Equipment

Leading the design and direction of MHW EQ
February 2018 - Present Richmond, California, United States

The North Face

Senior Designer // Equipment

Led the design of Mountain Sports packs // Summit Series, Steep Series, Pro [Patrol/Guide programs], Backpacking, Hiking, and other special pieces [Athlete Expeditions, etc.]
January 2015 - February 2018 California, United States

Levi Strauss

Designer // Global Accessories

Lead designer for men's bags and hats
July 2014 - January 2015 San Francisco, California, United States

The North Face

Contract Designer // Equipment / Snowsports

Worked on special apparel projects for Fall 15 and led the hardgoods design of custom trims
October 2012 - July 2014 California, United States


Industrial Designer

Spearheading the design group at this small product development company. Projects involve product design, packaging design and visual brand identity; primarily within the housewares industry.
November 2011 - October 2012 Oakland, California, United States


Industrial Designer

Product and graphic design for a variety of in-house and consulting projects at all phases of development; spanning housewares, medical, automotive, and renewable-energy industries.
January 2011 - November 2011 Hayward, California, United States

Smart Design

Industrial Design Intern

Collaborated with many disciplines on projects for high-profile clients in the medical, consumer electronics and goods industries. Conducted extensive research including user studies, product testing, emerging technology and market audits. Participated in many simultaneous projects at various design phases; brainstorming, multiple iterations of concept sketching, prototype engineering, visual modeling, and final presentation deliverables.
March 2010 - September 2010 San Francisco, California, United States

BUiLT Design

Industrial Design Intern

Product design, environment design, brand strategy, visual development and presention for clients in the active outdoor industry; hand sketches, computer modeling, vector illustration, photography, construction and assembly of machine and hand fabricated projects.

Contracted Designer | Nov 2009
June 2008 - July 2009 Everett, Washington, United States


University Of Washington

BFA Industrial Design

September 2004 - June 2009 Seattle, Washington, United States


Industrial Designers Society Of America (IDSA)

Senior Merit Award


Red Dot Awards - Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen

Product Design // The North Face / Access Pack



Flamingo, Hypershot, Model-making, SketchBook Pro, Sketching, T-splines, Wacom Cintiq, Adobe CS5, Rhino,