Jake Childs

Product & Interaction Design Consultant

Huntington Beach, CA, USA
I’m passionate about design. I believe that, beyond having the ability to make something easier to use, design’s true power is in giving character and personality to products and experiences. An emotive, soft, hard-to-define, and often overlooked aspect of making things. And making them amazing.

I strive to create things that elicit awe upon first impression while also revealing substance use after use. Things that provide both practical and emotional significance in people’s lives. And I thrive in collaborating cross-disciplinarily to make this happen. Take a look at my work at jakechildsdesign.com.

Work Experience

Jake Childs Design

Product and Interaction Design Consultant

Consult in product and interaction design for start-ups, consultancies/agencies, and corporate design teams. Available to work remotely or onsite in the Los Angeles area. Please contact to inquire about capabilities, rates, and experiences.
October 2013 - Present Huntington Beach, California, United States

Johnson & Johnson

Product & Interaction Design Consultant

Consult, on behalf of Kaleidoscope Design, within the Industrial Design and Human Factors Center of Excellence of Johnson & Johnson on medical device-related products for west coast companies. Assist with usability, industrial design, and user interface design.
November 2014 - California, United States

Belkin

Industrial Design Consultant

Consulted on the use experience, design, and implementation of products in the technology, wearable tech, and consumer electronic accessory space.

PROJECTS
- Design language for a line of cables and connectors geared specifically for the Apple store.
- Development of the design aesthetic for a Qi wireless charging device to work with Samsung Galaxy mobile phones.
- Design and implementation of the ClipFit armband + mobile phone case.
- Product Appearance strategy for a line of products geared towards activity. Products included a wearable biometric sensor, in-ear headphones, mobile phone armband, and ClipFit armband + mobile phone case.
October 2013 - April 2014 Playa Vista, California, United States

Art Center College Of Design

Instructor, Product Design Department

Taught Visual Communication 6, a course that emphasizes visual storytelling for Junior and Senior-level industrial design students by utilizing illustration, graphics, sketching, and video work. As the instructor, I crafted a course where I:

- Orchestrated assignments that encourage the gathering and sharing of inspiration, sharpening core design skills, and refining a student’s personal design philosophy.

- Created targeted guidelines to stimulate the students’ thinking around visual narration and personal design interests.

- Challenged the students in reframing their design project stories to communicate succinctly and to maximize the impact of visual communication—illustration, renderings, photography, video, graphics, and iconography.

- Encouraged critical thinking through class dialogue, collaboration, brainstorming, feedback, and critiques.

- Coordinated critiques with outside design professionals to expose students to a variety of opinions.

- Developed a class-specific website, www.crvtr.com, as a resource for weekly assignments, guidelines, and content relevant to the concepts taught in the class.
April 2013 - January 2014 California, United States

Continuum

Senior Designer II

PRACTITIONER ROLE
- Collaborated with mechanical, electrical, and software engineers, design researchers, ergonomists, model makers, and marketers towards the end of creating innovative product solutions for clients in a variety of industries.

- Managed and directed design programs and teams for clients with project budgets at or around $100k.

- Set the creative direction and led design efforts on large scale ($250k-500k), multi-disciplinary programs including guiding the design team, implementing creative concepts, creation of 3D models, directing prototyping efforts, and advising with engineering.

- Presented concepts, research insights, project progress, and key milestone presentations to clients on a regular basis.

- Awarded seven design awards for two different product designs.

OTHER INITIATIVES
- Co-coordinated the product design internship program leading to a systematized process of finding design talent and ensuring a positive internship experience. This led to successful recruiting of new hires in the product design group and the mentorship of one intern in a concept project that later won a Red Dot Product Design Award.

- Art directed product photo shoots to generate content for marketing and design award entries.

- Executed design award entry content, including crafting the product narrative and corresponding graphic layouts, which assisted in garnering several awards.

- Contributed thought leadership pieces to the Continuum blog on topics relating to product and interaction design.

- Supported sales efforts by assisting in scoping and planning project budgets and timelines for new proposal requests.
October 2011 - October 2013 Venice, California, United States

Continuum

Senior Designer I

See above.
October 2008 - October 2011 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Worrell Inc.

Industrial Design Lead

Created product experiences as a part of a team consisting of mechanical engineers and interaction designers for various clients in the medical, industrial, and consumer electronic spaces.
June 2006 - August 2008 Minnesota, United States

Adidas International

Footwear Designer II

Designed in-line performance footwear in the running and outdoor categories.
May 2004 - October 2005 Oregon, United States

Education

Art Center College Of Design

BS Product Design, Graduate with Honors

January 2001 - April 2004 Pasadena, California, United States

Claremont McKenna College

Studied biology, philosophy, economics, and fine arts.
September 1997 - August 1999 Claremont, California, United States

Languages

English (Native),
Spanish (Conversational),

Awards

Industrial Designers Society Of America (IDSA)

IDEA Award - Bronze - Medtronics Aquamantys3 - Medical and Scientific Products Category

2014

Industrial Designers Society Of America (IDSA)

IDEA Award - Bronze - Senova Systems pHit -Medical and Scientific Products Category

2014

IF Product Design Awards

Recognition - Medtronics Aquamantys3 - Medicine / Health+care

2014

Industrial Designers Society Of America (IDSA)

IDEA Award - Bronze - NeoChord DS1000 - Medical and Scientific Products Category

2013

Industrial Designers Society Of America (IDSA)

IDEA Award Finalist - Medtronic Aquamantys3 - Medical and Scientific Products Category

2013

Core77 Design Awards

Medtronic Bipoloar Sealer with Cutting - Professional Notable, Equipment

2013

Core77 Design Awards

NeoChord DS1000 - Professional Notable, Equipment

2013

Medical Design Excellence Awards

Silver - NeoChord 1000 - Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies

2013

Medical Design Excellence Awards

Finalist - Medtronic Aquamantys3 - Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies

2013

Fast Company Innovation By Design Awards

Concept Category Winner

2012

Industrial Designers Society Of America (IDSA)

IDEA Award - Bronze - Transportation

2011

Spark Awards - International Deesign Competition

Gold - World Changing Category

2010

Industrial Designers Society Of America (IDSA)

IDEA Award - Silver - Student Category

2004

Skills

Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Basic CSS, Basic HTML, Concept Design, Concept Sketching, Product Development , 3D Prototyping, Consumer Research, Design Management, Envisioning, Keyshot, Mentoring, Need Finding, Project Management, Rhino 3d, Solidworks, Storytelling,