Michael Tam

Product Designer & Developer

Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA
Enthusiastic and energetic Product Designer & Developer that strives to push products to the next level by utilizing a commitment to creative leadership; proficiency in design tools; knowledge of the product design and development process; experience in footwear and power sports industries; passion for inspiration; and ability to consistently meet project goals

Work Experience

The Safariland Group

Product Designer & Developer - Body Armor

• Consistently completed milestones on all projects in a timely manner to ensure quality products for multiple law enforcement agencies and distributors
• Initiated new product development direction of body armor carriers by applying data collected from trade shows, focus groups, vendor meetings, SWAT competitions, and product research
• Managed design detail, manufactiring inspections documentation, color combination, material, component, and trim details in spreadsheet tech packs to aid in streamlining design, pattern making, project management, sample making, and production team processes
• Engaged in major design decisions and customer communications as lead designer of Aardvark Tactical's Project 7 Armor
October 2016 - Present California, United States

Michael Tam Designs

Independent Design and Development Consultant

• Influenced design and development direction for client's pet apparel line by utilizing thorough research, sketches, technical drawings, prototype mock ups, and fit testing
• Focused on understanding customers' needs and goals to establish brand image with logo, product concept, and graphic designs for various industries
• Collaborated with event and organization planners to create dynamic solutions for apparel graphics
• Created branding, web graphics, stationery, and print ads for AKC Beagle breeder, Aloha Spirit Beagles (print designs featured in Show Beagle Quarterly and Ilio magazines)
August 2008 - Present California, United States

Thor Motocross

Product Designer & Product Developer

• Accomplished product development goals in a timely manner through communicating with vendors to determine costs, schedules, efficient usage of materials,
and improvements for each project
• Collaborated with purchasing team to determine direction of current and future
products by discussing unit costs, profit margins, inventory, sales forecasts, and filling out appropriate fields in cost sheets
• Displayed leadership by mentoring new product development staff, initiating feedback discussions on product samples, providing constructive observations to product and graphic design solutions, and fully managing design direction for the 2011 Slippery Wetsuits product line
• Utilized extensive research, sketching, rendering, mock ups, and tech packs to create award-winning Sentry Vest (2016 Powersports Business "Nifty 50")
• Interacted with professional racers and consumers to develop innovative solutions based on understanding of user needs and industry trends
March 2010 - October 2016 California, United States

WowWee USA, Inc.

Industrial Designer

• Presented creative insight to conceptualize innovative products for WowWee’s diverse award-winning line of toys and consumer electronics
• Visualized design ideas through sketches, 3-D modeling, mockups, and renderings
• Developed concepts for various licensed products for Disney and 20th Century Fox (James Cameron’s Avatar)
• Compiled presentation material for meetings with design team and clients
September 2008 - October 2009 Carlsbad, California, United States

K-Swiss

Footwear Design Intern

• Utilized skills and knowledge of creative process to design unique footwear concepts in various categories
• Conceptualized design, and created tech packs and outsole blueprint for Nitehawk Limited Edition shoe (released in 2009)
• Devised shoe upper concepts for Ultranatural Run II (inspired upper designs for various future running shoes)
• Enabled efficient communication between product development and vendors by providing detailed specifications of products through technical drawings
August 2007 - December 2007 Westlake Village, California, United States

Education

Art Center College Of Design

Bachelor of Science - Product Design

• Graduated with Honors
• Art Center Student Gallery selection (Summer 2005, Fall 2005, Summer 2008)
May 2005 - August 2008 Pasadena, California, United States

University Of California - Irvine

Bachelors of Arts - Studio Art

September 1999 - December 2003 Irvine, California, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Skills

Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Alias, Building Mock Ups, Microsoft Office, Rendering, Rhinoceros, Sketching, Solidworks, Verbal And Visual Presentation,