I consulted with the VF Global Innovation Center on a visionary project in sporting goods and the outdoors, bringing my skills in user research, technology, future innovation to the diverse team.
The collaborative ideation and development process around creating complex future products for sporting goods brands under the VF name was a great pleasure.
Dear Kate Yoga
2016 Providence, RI
In my role as Designer with Dear Kate we took on the challenge of bringing their patented underwear technology into the athletic market, starting with yoga pants. Our intention was specifically to engineer new solutions for women in sportswear.
The tagline "No Matter Where, No Matter When, No Sweat No Fear" says it all. The demands and constraints were challenging, but it was an exciting project and an awesome demographic move sports apparel forwards for!
The result was a patented gusset and yoga collection which is ongoing and successfully moved the brand into the athletic space empowering women.
Descience Creative Lead
2014-present Boston, MA
Descience is a disruptive global community of designers, scientists and technologists collaborating to change the how clothing, textiles and the very world in which we live is made.
I joined as creative lead in 2014 and remain involved, in a supporting role, as STEAM will only grow in its vital importance as barriers between channels of thought become less relevant and fluid exchange of ideas becomes vital to creative problem solving of our most vital challenges.
In 2015, I became Creative Lead, when we put on a conference at the MFA in collaboration with MITEF and the MFA, and in 2016 we helped curators bring in local and global thought leaders in the tech-science-fashion space to the wildly successful MFA #techstyle show.
Manufacture New York Design Consultant
2015-2016 Brooklyn, NY
I was innovation designer for the Technology Team at Manufacture New York working alongside the early founding team, promoting & growing the organization, and driving projects in fashion and sports apparel technology integration.
Work included new technology explorations, user research for integration, building company partnerships with major fashion and technology brands, and the design of new wearable products.
We ran client projects developing novel apparel based technology solutions.
NB-Data Driven Design for Rio 2016
2012 New Balance, Boston MA
The data driven design project came out of the knowledge back in 2012 that data, whether it was personal quantified data or big data, would be driving design and New Balance would need a story around this for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
At the time I was one of two NB innovation team members collaborating with MIT's Tangible Media Lab project Biologic, which in part generated our idea to work with thermal body mapping.
Over a series of months working with the sports lab our team mapped Male elite bodies and Female Elite runner bodies, aggregated the data, and generated an intelligent mesh matrix. Working with an innovative circular knit factory we changed knitting programs to create exact mathematical tubes with mesh placement for thermal optimization.
This became a part of the Apparel Kit for New Balance athletes competing in the Rio Games.
NB-Beacon Jacket 2013 and running
2011 New Balance, Boston MA
The Beacon Jacket was developed over a series of 15 months through intensive research and development, as my initially solo pilot project for the Apparel Innovation team.
The product successfully achieved the goals of breaking into the visibility market with a new angle, three tiers of visibility, a look that is uniquely New Balance and a head to toe visibility product, which had the unique perspective of fashion appeal through the design and technology we developed.
(Some of the press coverage from the first few months around the launch of the Beacon Visibility Run Jacket, including coverage by Outside Magazine and ESPN's holiday gift guide.)
NB-USA Made Apparel
2012 New Balance, Boston MA
The "Made in the USA 990 Apparel" was the first consumer facing collection made in the USA ever created at New Balance.
We leveraged our deep military contacts in manufacturing, within the innovation team, and looked to the heritage of one of the classic New Balance shoes, the 990 for a story. The DNA of this shoe, and the brand story it tells, generated a collection of women's and men's garments and graphic T's which spoke of heritage craftsmanship and comfort in wear.
Press coverage and photo shoots of the 990 collection were extensive. The idea for the 990 collection came out of a design exercise which I did to examine what the iconic 990 shoe would be, manifested in apparel, going deeper than aesthetics, into how and where it would be made, the materials, who would it appeal to and why, to dig really deep into what makes New Balance unique and powerful as a brand.
NASA RISD Fellowship
2007 Providence, Rhode Island
While at RISD for my graduate degree in Industrial Design I was award a fellowship with the NASA-RISD project.
The team employed designers, engineers and NASA specialists to work collaboratively to design human-centric solutions to the NASA Airlock/Suitlock system (at that time intended)for the 2020 Lunar Lander.
The final output were a series of high quality full scale models of proposed concepts which the team shared out with senior leadership in Houston.
(The video shown here calls the project a studio, which our summer/fall fellowship would later become, but at the time it was a paid fellowship)
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