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Hello! I’m Mihai. 

I'm an award winning industrial designer, currently based out of Chicago, IL. I am a quintessential product guy. I am driven by designing and developing products that are functional, usable, beautiful and relevant. My experiences in corporate design teams, consulting and branded product development have enabled me to lead programs of high complexity from insights to tooling. I am obsessed with understanding people, product construction, materials, usability and maintaining design intent. This obsession has resulted in an agile, iterative industrial design and product development process that gets things made.

Throughout my career I have engaged on programs in home-healthcare, lighting, packaging, kitchen wares and consumer industries. Many of the products I has worked on have been recognized with Red Dot, iF, Good Design and IDEA design awards. I have worked with brands such as Williams-Sonoma, Philips, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Wahoo Fitness and Kimberly-Clark and am a claimed on multiple design and utility patents.

 
 

Capabilities

 
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Research & Strategy

  • Design research
  • Usability evaluation
  • User experience & journey mapping
  • In-Home ethnographic research
  • Research framing
  • User experience scenarios
 

 

 

 

Design & Development

  • Industrial design
  • Visual design language (VDL)
  • ID for manufacture
  • Advanced CAD surfacing
  • CAD detailing and development
  • CMF Specification
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Implementation

  • ID/ ME integration oversight
  • Tool tuning oversight
  • Cosmetic intent management
  • EB and T sample evaluation
  • Overseas vendor management 
 
 

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Experience

Maven Design. Atlanta, GA, - Partner & Lead designer

Williams-Sonoma. San Francisco, CA - Senior Industrial Designer, Product Development

Thrive. Atlanta, GA - Industrial Designer

Philips Design. Pittsburgh, PA - Design Consultant, Product

Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA - Adjunct Instructor, Industrial Design Program

IDSA. Pittsburgh, PA - Vice Chair IDSA Western PA

 

Volunteer & Community

2014 ATL Connect - Panel Discussion & Portfolio Reviewer

2014 Atlanta Design Outreach - Group Facilitator

2015 IIT Product Design Foundation Class - Guest Speaker

2016 IIT Product Design Foundation Class - Guest Speaker

 

Awards & Recognition

2014 Red Dot Design Award, Product - Philips Nuance

2014 iF Design Award, Product - Philips Nuance

2014 IDEA Finalist - Philips Nuance

2014 Good Design Award - Philips Nuance

2016 iF Design Award, Product - Philips DreamStation

WIRED Magazine 2016 DesignLife - Avocado Saver Feature

Yanko Design - Avocado Tools Feature

IDSA - Art Institute of Pittsburgh Student Merit Finalist