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Jake Childs

Los Angeles, CA, USA
I’m a holistic designer advocating for seamless interactions and the right aesthetic. My experiences have led me to work in, learn from, and contribute to top-notch innovation and design communities at some of the best companies in the industry. The result is an empathy for the issues that business, marketing and engineering face in developing human-centered products and how to achieve inspiring design results while still taking these challenges into account.
Work Experience
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Oct 2013Present
JCD
Idependent Design Consultant
Playa Vista, CA, USA
Oct 2013Apr 2014
Industrial Design Consultant
Consulted on the use experience, design, and implementation of products in the technology, wearable technology, and consumer electronic accessory space.
Pasadena, CA, USA
Apr 2013Present
Faculty in Product Design Department, Visual Communication
Visual Communication 6 is a course that emphasizes visual storytelling for Junior and Senior-level industrial design students through the use of illustration, graphics, sketching, and video work. As the instructor, I’ve crafted a course where I:

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

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

- Challenge 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.

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

- Coordinate 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.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Oct 2011Oct 2013
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 nine design awards across three different product designs.

OTHER INITIATIVES
- Co-coordinated the product design internship program leading to a systematized process of finding design talent and assuring 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.
Boston, MA, USA
Nov 2008Oct 2011
Senior Designer I
Same as above.
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Jun 2006Aug 2008
Industrial Designer
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.
Portland, OR, USA
May 2004Oct 2005
Footwear Designer II
Designed in-line performance footwear in the running and outdoor categories.
Education
Pasadena, CA, USA
Jan 2001Apr 2004
BS Product Design, Graduate with Honors
Claremont, CA, USA
Sep 1997Aug 1999
Studied biology, philosophy, economics, and fine arts.
Languages
 
English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Skills
 
3D Prototyping, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Basic CSS, Basic HTML, Concept Design, Concept Sketching, Consumer Research, Design Management, Envisioning, Keyshot, Mentoring, Need Finding, Product Development, Project Management, Rhino 3d, Solidworks, Storytelling
Awards
2014
IDEA Award - Bronze - Medtronics Aquamantys3 - Medical and Scientific Products Category
2014
IDEA Award - Bronze - Senova Systems pHit -Medical and Scientific Products Category
2014
Recognition - Medtronics Aquamantys3 - Medicine / Health+care
2013
IDEA Award - Bronze - NeoChord DS1000 - Medical and Scientific Products Category
2013
IDEA Award Finalist - Medtronic Aquamantys3 - Medical and Scientific Products Category
2013
Medtronic Bipoloar Sealer with Cutting - Professional Notable, Equipment
2013
NeoChord DS1000 - Professional Notable, Equipment
2013
Silver - NeoChord 1000 - Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies
2013
Finalist - Medtronic Aquamantys3 - Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies
2012
2011
IDEA Award - Bronze - Transportation
2010
2004
IDEA Award - Silver - Student Category