Florian Hilbig

Senior Industrial Design Lead

Chicago, IL, USA
Florian Hilbig is an Industrial Designer and Senior Design Lead at IDEO's Chicago studio with fifteen years of experience in medical, transportation and consumer electronics design, and skillfully guides the journey from first concept to production ready result. Flo loves to create products which address complex needs, and in particular, being an advocate for patients—humans in their most vulnerable place. He thrives when confronted with ambiguous situations, multi-layered problems, incompatible stakeholders, and unexplored thematic areas.

His work includes oil-soaked toothbrushes, speech-controlled smartwatches for juniors and seniors, CT scanners which improve throughput and human care alike, an 8 ton ceiling mounted and moving MRI system, dandelion inspired laboratory equipment, a human carrying medical robot, a digital camera which blends physical and digital, and much more. His designs have been awarded by international juries more than 20 times already.

Chicago is this small-town-guy's latest destination in his process of constant urbanization, which also brought him to the Coburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, where he obtained a Diploma in Integrated Product Design.

The avid sneaker collector conquers land, sea, and sky by urban hikes, scuba diving and jumping out of planes strapped to a parachute. Secretly, he still holds onto his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut one day.

Work Experience

Ideo

Senior Industrial Design Lead

September 2020 - Chicago, Illinois, United States

Designaffairs GmbH

Principal Industrial Designer | Industrial Design Team Lead

January 2018 - Germany

Designaffairs GmbH

Senior Industrial Designer | Industrial Design Team Lead

designaffairs is an Owner-Managed, Strategic Design Consultancy with more than 80 employees in Munich, Erlangen and Shanghai. By combining our designers' creativity with scientifically-proven analysis and research methods, we can identify new market potentials, develop realistic solutions and successfully address the desired target markets.
At designaffairs we support our clients throughout the entire strategic product development process - from the initial idea up to market launch. Our uniqueness here lies in the synergies between sectors and departments as well as the knowledge transfer between our individual services.
designaffairs is among the most highly acclaimed design agencies worldwide. Famous awards for innovation, design, usability, material and ergonomics confirm our core competence: innovative, brand-shaping and user-friendly design.
April 2016 - December 2017 Munich, Germany

Designaffairs GmbH

Senior Industrial Designer

December 2014 - March 2016 Germany

Designaffairs GmbH

Intermediate Industrial Designer

June 2011 - November 2014 Erlangen, Germany

Polygon GmbH

Junior Industrial Designer

Polygon designs, develops and produces innovative and user-friendly products. The entire product life-cycle is in our hands, from the idea to the assembly line and after-sales service.
Our interdisciplinary teamwork brings together the entire spectrum of different requirements, always finding the right balance within the range of factors involved.
We have been hugely passionate about developing innovative technical products for over 20 years. A successful medium-sized company with established structures, we bring together all important disciplines as a one-stop provider.
November 2009 - May 2011 Frankfurt, Germany

Designaffairs GmbH

Freelance Industrial Designer

September 2006 - May 2011 Erlangen, Germany

Designaffairs GmbH

Intern Industrial Design

March 2006 - August 2006 Erlangen, Germany

Education

HS Coburg, University Of Applied Sciences

Diplom-Designer (FH)

Approved program of study in "Integrated Product Design" passed with distinction.
This is an interdisciplinary program with a high level of practical relevance. It combines the classical industrial design content with courses and seminars in economics, technics and social studies.
October 2003 - November 2008 Coburg, Germany

Languages

German (Native),
English (Fluent),

Awards

Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen E.V.

Red Dot Award, Product Design, best of the best | Carl Zeiss AG | ZEISS ZX1

2019

IF Industrie Forum Design E.V.

iF Product Design Gold Award | Carl Zeiss AG | ZEISS ZX1

2019

Rat Für Formgebung Service GmbH

German Design Award 2020, Excellent Product Design | Carl Zeiss AG | ZEISS ZX1

2019

The Chicago Athenaeum

Good Design Award, Electronics 2019 | Carl Zeiss AG | ZEISS ZX1

2019

Taiwan Design Center

Golden Pin Design Award, Produkt Design, Best Design | Carl Zeiss AG | ZEISS ZX1

2019

Technical Image Press Association

TIPA Award Best Design | Carl Zeiss AG | ZEISS ZX1

2019

Red Star

Red Star Design Award | Excellent Prize | Siemens Healthineers | SOMATOM go.

2018

Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen E.V.

Red Dot Award | Siemens Healthineers | MAMMOMAT Revelation

2018

Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen E.V.

Red Dot Award | Siemens Healthineers | SOMATOM go.

2018

IF Industrie Forum Design E.V.

iF product design award | Siemens Healthineers | SOMATOM go.

2017

Red Dot Awards - Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen

Red Dot Award | Siemens Healthcare | MAGNETOM Amira

2016

IF Industrie Forum Design E.V.

iF product design award | Siemens Healthcare | MAGNETOM Amira

2016

Red Dot Awards - Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen

Red Dot Award | Siemens Healthcare | SOMATOM Force

2014

IF Industrie Forum Design E.V.

iF product design award | Thermokon | Thanos

2013

IF Industrie Forum Design E.V.

iF product design award | Siemens Healthcare | MAGENTOM Aera/Skyra

2011

IF Industrie Forum Design E.V.

iF product design award | Siemens Healthcare | MAMMOMAT Inspiration

2009

IF Industrie Forum Design E.V.

iF concept award | torque

2008

IF Industrie Forum Design E.V.

EUROBIKE AWARD students | Hirsch

2008

IF Industrie Forum Design E.V.

EUROBIKE AWARD students | Hackl

2008

IF Industrie Forum Design E.V.

iF product design award | Siemens Healthcare | IONTRIS Precision

2008

Aed Verein Zur Förderung Von Architektur, Engineering Und Design In Stuttgart E.V.

aed Pininfarina sponsorship award, honorable mention | cimo

2007

Skills

Adobe Creative Cloud, Cinema 4D, Keyshot, Rhinoceros, Solidworks,