Jake Rynkiewicz

Freelance Industrial Designer

Chicago, IL, USA
In 2008, I graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a degree in Industrial Design. Ever since, I've been surprising the companies and clients I work for with the amount of effort and imagination I put into my work. I like learning new things, I love making clever things, and I’m always on the lookout for a unique challenge.

I thrive in group-oriented settings, so it makes sense that my favorite parts of the design process are brainstorming and concept development. I excel at the later stages of the process as well, including concept rendering, 3-D modeling, and presentation. When it comes to creative projects, I like to take command and have learned how to delegate efficiently. Listening to my teammates is always a priority though, and I know how to recognize a good idea when I see it.

I enjoy working one-on-one with clients as well, and I've become confident enough to defend my ideas when appropriate yet able to adapt them to fit within the parameters of the design brief. Working in a corporate environment has taught me many valuable workplace skills such as task management, office etiquette, and the ability to meet deadlines timely and efficiently. I'm a well-rounded designer with a lot of real world experience.

Work Experience

Lightbulb LLC

Freelance Industrial Designer

• Worked on a number of design projects at various stages throughout the design process.
• Created deliverables such as sketches, renderings, models, and research documents.
• Collaborated with 1-3 other team members to distribute tasks and tackle problems together.
January 2012 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States

Casting House

CAD Design Associate

• Designed mass-production ready jewelry for high profile retail clients.

• Expanded my role to Graphic and Web Designer by creating
banners, brochures, and a web page promoting the company.
October 2010 - Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Nexus Design Studio

Custom Jewelry Designer

• Designed the 2009 Miss USA crown for the Miss Universe Organization in collaboration with a team of jewelers.

• Created engineering drawings necessary to convey the design to the manufacturer whom I worked with consistently for several months to ensure the quality of the final product.

• Completed over 50 custom rings for exacting customers using Matrix 6.0, a modified version of Rhino 4.0.
November 2008 - October 2010 Franklin, Wisconsin, United States

Aerosport Modeling & Design

Industrial Designer

• Re-designed Aerosport’s web site using Photoshop CS3 and coded a prototype in HTML.

• Contributed design sketches to various industrial design projects. • Created Solidworks models which were built using
stereolithography rapid-prototyping.
May 2008 - Columbus, Ohio, United States

Priority Designs

Design Intern

• Provided design services for clients such as American Standard, Exceptional Innovation, Laser Level, Rheem, Lowes, Elmers, and Generac.

• Leaned from experienced designers on live client projects.
June 2007 - September 2007 Columbus, Ohio, United States


Columbus College Of Art And Design

BFA in Industrial Design

Scholastic Silver Key
CCAD Portfolio Scholarship
Dean’s List all semesters
September 2004 - June 2008 Columbus, Ohio, United States


Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Dreamweaver CS3, GemVision Matrix 6.3, Illustrator CS5, InDesign CS5 , Microsoft Office 2010, Photoshop CS5, Propellorhead Reason 4.0, Rhino 5, Solidworks 2011,