BIO

As a seasoned independent design consultant, I enable emerging and established companies to transform concepts into consumer-driven products.
With over two decades of experience working for leading brands and design agencies, as a consultant and in-house. I offer clients guidance and support from design to delivery.
One of the many startups I have provided strategic direction and design counsel to in recent years is Samuel Hubbard Shoes – including footwear design and development, branding, graphics, fit testing, as well as trend research over its first seven years.
Extensive experience with sourcing and development in Europe from over a dozen trips on behalf of Hubbard Shoes to factories in Portugal and Italy. In previous years, I evaluated and worked with many factories in China (seven times) and South Korea (six times) for both footwear and softgoods projects.
In the last few years I have helped many startups refine their strategies, innovations, materials, construction, branding, colorways, CAD tech packs, sourcing, and much more.
Many designs and technologies are patent pending and still in development, and thus not available to show in detail yet but examples include: rain footwear made in Mexico (37% lower tariffs and quicker shipping vs China), a camera bag with integrated tripod, a versatile and highly durable bag/seat, a modular hunting harness, 3D printed footwear, a universal phone mount system, etc. 
AWARDS     In collaboration with friends, designers, engineers, and clients I have won awards from Red Dot, the Industrial Design Society of America, Price Pfister, and the Oregon Manifest.
MEDIA     My creative and innovative designs have been featured on CNN nationwide and local Fox News, published in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Co., ID Magazine, the LA Times, and The Portland Tribune.
CLIENTS     Keen Footwear, Danner, Swiss Gear, Superfeet, Samuel Hubbard Shoes, Bogs Footwear, Dunham Boots (at New Balance), Chrome Industries, Wenger, ShedRain to name a few.