Francisco Javier Leal Valera

Product Design Engineer

London, United Kingdom
"We must replace beauty, a cultural concept, with kindness, a humanist concept" .-Philippe Starck

Work Experience

GM Design Development

Product Design Engineer

Based on my freelance work for the product design consultancy, I was offered a permanent position and became one of the
two in-house product design engineers. I gained experience in the whole design process, from initial research and feasibility
studies, through concept development, into engineering, verification, validation and specification for manufacture.

• Designed, developed and facilitated production of a variety of products, strategising and finalising designs (based on cost
targets, material quality, legal requirements and brand guidelines) seeing them through to manufacture
• Conducted concept to CAD transition, creating and detailing production ready 3D CAD data and 2D engineering drawings
(using ProEngineer/Creo and Solid Works)
• Designed and built rigs to study concepts and mechanical solutions, as well as functional prototypes and appearance
models, and used them to work with clients, vendors and toolmakers, to hone in on final revisions
• Liaised with clients, providing feedback and project status updates regularly
• Generated photorealistic renders to be used in internal design review meetings, packaging and as marketing material
• Composed marketing material and content for the website and blog, strengthening the studio image and helping attract
new clients
December 2014 - London, United Kingdom

Leal Design

Freelance Product Designer

Arriving in the UK, I had the opportunity to work for several design studios and get involved in many different tasks on a
diversity of projects in various sectors.
My professional career in London started with an internship in Camerlengo Design. After that, I collaborated with several
studios and clients including JNDC, Gm Design Development, Aleutia Ltd, Crater Innovation and Torrent Miranda S.L.

• Collaborated on designing concepts and modifying existing designs based on input from clients, material suppliers,
engineers and consumer focus groups
• Worked closely with clients, engineers, designers, prototypers and mould-makers, giving and receiving regular updates
throughout the different design stages and iterations
• Liaised with suppliers (UK and Far-East) regarding sample making, materials procurement, material quality, reverse cost
engineering and production quality control
• Attended field tests to study how users interact with products under development
• Devised control drawings, design specifications and detailed assembly instruction sheets
November 2010 - December 2014 London, United Kingdom

Khôra Design

Co-Founder

Product Design & Innovation
London, United Kingdom

Renaissun Project

Co-Founder

Charity project that aims at giving developing Countries the chance to exploit their natural abundance of renewable sources of energy
November 2010 - London, United Kingdom

Euraltia S.L.

Graphic Designer

In this small consulting firm, I was commissioned to create and strengthen the brand identity of new and existing clients, creating logos, corporate identity manuals, posters and promotional material for exhibitions, and icons and user interfaces for software solutions.
April 2009 - July 2009 Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Estudihac

Industrial Designer (Internship)

As part of my university studies, I completed a 3 month internship in the design studio, developing a range of outdoor rotomolded furniture, and various patterns and textures to be used in different projects and products.
November 2008 - February 2009 Valencia, Spain

Education

Universitat Jaume I De Castellón

Technical Engineer in Industrial Design

October 2003 - February 2008 Castellón, Spain

Languages

Spanish (Native),
English (Fluent),
Slovak (Beginner),

Skills

3D CAD Modelling, 3d Modelling, 3D Photorealistic Visualisation, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Catia V5, Concept Development, Concept Generation, Design For Manufacture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Inventiveness, Model Making, Product Design, Product Development, Prototyping, PTC Creo, Rhino, Solid Works,