Ever since I was child I have always loved to draw, and this is what led me to consider the field of industrial design. So in 1968 I enrolled at Pratt Institute’s industrial design program which I completed four years later.
After graduating with a bachelor degree in I. D. I joined the staff at Walter Dorwin Teague Assoc. in New York. Amongst a great variety of projects, the main focus was bottle designs for Proctor & Gamble, as well as aircraft interiors for Boeing Aircraft. I worked two years with the team at Raymond Loewy Intl. exploring designs for the Russian (Soviet) market (which was unheard of in those days). Work included the development of an automobile, as well as different sized high speed passenger hydrofoils.
Toy design has always been fascinating because of its creative and imaginative challenges. So I went to work at Buddy L Toys and after two years became design director. I also worked briefly with Matchbox Corp.
For the next thirty years I provided a freelance design service to a large number of clients in the toy industry, consumer products industries, as well as exhibit and museum designers.
In more recent years I worked with Charles Huck Design, focusing on medical and scientific products industries. Then in 2010 we became a part of MPR Engineering which is headquartered in Alexandria, VA. A few years later, the leadership there decided to move all the design work to Virginia. I remained in New Jersey, and shortly afterwards returned to freelancing.
My markers are now all dried up! Somewhere during the 1990s I was introduced to Adobe Photoshop, and a little later on, Illustrator. Now I can’t live without the computer! It took some time, but I finally got some control of the SolidWorks CAD program as well. But I still love to draw!
How I Work
Concepts begin first with fast sketches. If I have one ‘claim to fame’ it is covering ideas very quickly with pen on paper! The images are scanned and completed in Photoshop, then emailed. Development sketches are tighter with more well defined lines and forms. I will often do preliminary CAD models at the start to ensure that the sketches are accurate in proportion. Presentation renderings are in either Photoshop or Illustrator. Control views are either provided by pen on paper showing all views and sections, or preliminary (but well defined) CAD models. Exploded parts drawings are also available.
All projects are quoted on a ‘per-phase’ basis. Quote is approved by the client before starting. Possible revisions are also taken into consideration. Or the client can simply give me a budget to work with.