Ever since I can remember, I’ve been drawing cars. I grew up loving to draw, paint, take pictures, take things apart, and put things back together. I suppose becoming an Industrial Designer was one of the simplest decisions I’ve ever made.
Even though I drew spaceships, cars, and motorcycles in my youth, I went to BYU to graduate in multimedia or become a graphic designer. It wasn’t until my second year in school that the I.D. Instructor, John Marshall, saw a drawing of the 1991 Corvette Concept Car I had done for my Dad, which was hanging in his office (who teaches Mechanical Engineering). He asked who had rendered it, and that I should bring my portfolio in for review.
After meeting with John I couldn’t believe it, people actually get paid to design cars, products, games, and movies?! Of course I knew this, somewhere in the back of my mind, but it never occurred to me… I could do it.
A few school years, and summer internships later I found myself sitting at the Ford Product Development Center in Dearborn as a new hire. I had made it, I was drawing and designing cars for a living.
My stay at Ford lasted six years, I had a great opportunity to work on many projects. My favorite and last was the 2010 Mustang, Shelby GT500, and BOSS. I thought it was so ironic that growing up I was always a Mustang kid, Camaro was OK… but Mustang was better. Someday, I thought I’d own one, never thought I’d help create one.
Three years before leaving Ford, my wife and I had our first child, it changed everything. It changed everything in a good way. Being closer to family became a much bigger priority. It became everything. I began pursuing my other passion of tech, and web programming on the side.
October of 2009 I made the jump to leave Ford, and start a company with three others. We’ve moved back home, to be close with family… and haven’t looked back. I might not be designing cars for a living, but still have and avid passion for design, art, and creativity.
This site and blog is my way of sharing, archiving, and learning from others. I find it to be a great source of feedback. It allows me to really think things out, by putting concepts and ideas into words.
I know I’m not a great writer, and maybe that’s a secondary reason for this site, but I hope you enjoy any insights I might have, and please feel free to share yours. I’m interested more in your ideas then I am with mine.