Calvin Tabor

Industrial Designer

Portsmouth, NH, USA
I'm a product designer with a passion for soft goods design. Ever since completing my senior thesis project at CIA I've wanted to learn more about developing cut and sew products.

Work Experience


Industrial Designer

Myself and the other design team members at Gemline produce a broad assortment of bag products for the promotional industry. We work on everything from backpacks and totes to soft coolers.
August 2015 - Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States

Contour Products Inc.

Product Designer

I am part of the two man design team that works on all aspects of the design process at Contour Products. Not only do I work on the design of products here, I provide input on the product's packaging, graphics, and marketing, and I work with manufacturers in both China and the US to ensure the designs are properly manufactured to our specifications. Since coming to Contour I have worked on implementing a tighter design process that includes the use of Design Briefs, and scheduled review dates. I've also been able to start planning towards a brand guide for the company.
August 2012 - August 2015 North Carolina, United States


Design Intern

Working along side the talented team at Nonobject I participated in everything from concepting to prototyping. Unfortunately I was unable to stay with the company due to my housing arrangements falling through. Though I was only there for a short time I learned a lot from them, it was an experience I'll never forget.
July 2012 - August 2012 Palo Alto, California, United States

Contour Products Inc.

Design Contractor

I worked with the marketing department to conduct in depth product research. A major part of the research involved setting up a booth at a local flea market to allow interaction and dialogue with perspective users of the products. They were able to try out a number of the products. The information gleaned from the experience was then presented to the CEO.
September 2011 - May 2012 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States


Design Contractor

Myself and four other designers worked to generate some new ideas for Diebold's internal design team to apply to their current products. The main focus was on preventing card fraud. Through research presentations, multiple sketch concepts, and simple physical mockups of the designs mechanical functions we came up with solid solutions that could be applied in a variety of areas in the Diebold product line.
August 2011 - December 2011 Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Jakks Pacific

Design Intern

Worked with the boys interactive team to develop products for popular lines such as Max Force and SpyNet. I learned a lot about the toy design world, and even more about working as a team toward a common goal. Much of the work I did was conceptual and involved a large quantity of sketches, both analog and digital, as well as the creating of rough physical mockups of new concepts.
May 2011 - August 2011 Santa Monica, California, United States


Design Contractor

I worked with Nestle's marketing department to produce design concepts for a possible line of cookie baking products related to the Nestle Toll House brand. The project utilized my skills in sketching, photoshop rendering, digital modeling, and digital rendering. The final design was never utilized, but was highly praised during the final presentation to executives at Nestle.
August 2010 - December 2010 Cleveland, Ohio, United States


Cleveland Institute Of Art

Industrial Design

I graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design in 2012
August 2009 - May 2012 Cleveland, Ohio, United States


English (Native),


Saint Gobain Sustainability And Innovation Competition

First Place in Finals and Semi Finals



Analog Sketching And Rendering, Digital Modeling In Multiple Programs, Digital Sketching And Rendering,