My name is D'Van Howard.
I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but after realizing my passion for design, I decided to go back to school and attend the University of Cincinnati to pursue a degree in Industrial Design (2020). I'd like to use my interest in technology to bring new, exciting, and thoughtful products into the world.
39A DESIGN | CINCINNATI, OH
JUNIOR DESIGNER/CTO (FALL 2019)
Interacting directly with clients to transform their ideas or technology into a marketable concept. Creating graphics and presentations for grant proposals. Research, project planning, creating concepts, client reviews and updates. Internally for 39A, updating and managing website, various social media (LinkedIn, FB, GoogleMaps, Insta), office tech support as problems arised.
CRAMER INC | KANSAS CITY, MO
DESIGN CO-OP (SPRING 2019)
Part of small R&D team developing Helix chair and other upcoming line. Participating in weekly scrum planning, concept development, CAD development, prototyping, and testing of chairs. Working back and forth between shop and office when needed.
DEPUY SYNTHES (JOHNSON&JOHNSON) | RAYNHAM, MA
DESIGN CO-OP (SUMMER 2018)
Worked with team on presentation illustrations, user research, and concept development. Cintiq sketching, UI/UX, prototyping concepts. Lead design of personal project, printing prototypes, and presented concept to engineers.
ETHICON (JOHNSON&JOHNSON) | BLUE ASH, OH
DESIGN CO-OP (FALL 2017)
Supporting designers with concept development and research implementation. Sketching, ideating, Keyshot, InDesign, prototyping concepts. Presenting ideas in small meetings. Working with other J&J employees on various projects.
NOTTINGHAM SPIRK | CLEVELAND, OH
DESIGN INTERN (SPRING 2017)
Sketching, ideating, prototyping concepts. Presenting concepts in small meetings. Working with shop workers to develop prototypes.
NACCO MATERIALS HANDLING GROUP | GREENVILLE, NC
DESIGN ENGINEER (DEC 2014 - AUG 2015)
Constructing and modifying component models of forklift trucks for specialty batch orders. Provided engineering support to manufacturing line.
TOYOTA MOTOR MANUFACTURING KENTUCKY | GEORGETOWN, KY
PAINT SPECIALIST CO-OP (SUMMER 2012)
Redesigned a prototype moon-roof installation component on manufacturing line. Designed and began development on new dolly to reduce strength required to push car frame.
B.S. INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
University of Cincinnati, Class of 2020
B.S. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
University of Kentucky, Class of 2014
PRODUCT DESIGN EXCHANGE
Tama Art University, Fall 2018
RENEWABLE ENERGIES PROGRAM
Pamplona Learning Institute, Summer 2013