05 12 / 2013

Industrial Design - Marketing Minor

"I am a senior pursuing a BS in Industrial Design with a Minor in Marketing in the top ranked College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). Past co-ops totaling almost 2 years of work experience include MeadWestvaco (Dayton, OH), The First Years (Boston, MA), Radio Flyer (Chicago, IL) Priority Designs (Columbus, OH), and Motorola Mobility, A Google Company (Sunnyvale/Silicon Valley, CA). At the present time I am working as an Industrial Design Co-op at the award winning creative agency New Deal Design (www.newdealdesign.com) in San Francisco, California.

New Deal Design was founded in 2000 with 100+ design awards under their belt.  NDD is one of the top 5 design teams in the country and among the very best in designing technology objects globally. They work with young start-ups to iconic global brands to deliver elegant, intuitive and impactful designs. Named ‘Master of Design’ in 2010 by Fast Company Magazine, Gadi Amit started New Deal to bring approachable design excellence to a wider audience and has become a leading design voice by working hands-on to forward this belief and craft objects that stand above the fray.

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t reflect on how grateful I am to have been given the opportunity to co-op with the companies I have. Each company has also helped me grow in more ways than I thought possible. The first several companies helped me learn about office culture and how to build good working habits that would carry on to even today. The later co-ops would help me hone in on my sketching and 3D modeling skills. With 7 co-ops down, I will graduate with about 2 years worth of work experience and several hundred work connections that are priceless. The co-op program has helped me learn more than I would have in the classroom while traveling the country expanding my knowledge.

Considering an internship or co-op position shouldn’t even be question, it’s a must! I cannot even begin to imagine where I would be without any one of my co-op experiences. Each co-op helped lead to the next, which helped lead to the next, and so on. Without my co-ops, I wouldn’t know where or how to even begin in the real world.”image