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Manager Design

San Francisco, California, United States
October 01, 2016

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Fred Polito • 831-***-**** •


Design Human Factors Brand Strategy

Brought 100+ highly complex consumer, medical/scientific, and industrial products

from concept to production with brand strategy

that customers, want, buy, and love.


Design: 10 recent Design Awards: Expert user of Solidworks, and Pro Engineer to design, develop and introduce projects to market faster and with superior quality.

Innovation: Hold multiple patents and patents pending.

Project Management: Managed multi-disciplined team (Product Marketing, Industrial Design, Reliability, Quality, Supply Chain Management and Technical Operations) through effective leadership, communication, organization, and inspiration.

Branding: Major Player in building company product development plans, product lines, and marketing strategy.

Design Expertise (Categories)

Plastic Injection Molding 3D Printing Furniture Design

Die-casting Electronic Devices Human Factors

3D Printing Wireless Devices

Composite Materials Textile Cut and Sew

CNC Machining Product Packaging

Tools: Pro Engineer Software, Solidworks, ProE, Adobe Suite, and others.


Manager of Industrial Design

Compound Photonics, Phoenix, AZ. 2015–Present

Creates and manufactures high end Laser Projectors for Business and Consumer Electronic Market.

Devise resource roadmap to enable concurrent tactical and strategic development

Hiring and building a multidisciplinary ID team (working with internal UX and UI groups) to develop ultra-high resolution projection display products.

Guiding engineering team to conceptualize and develop revolutionary projection displays for home and commercial applications.

Mentor program managers, engineers, designers and technicians to be effective leaders.

Recruit strategic development partners to enable key innovations and processes.

Establish New ID language and Branding development specification within budget and schedule.

Developing UX and UI experience for new product offerings.

Industrial Designer/Design Manager/Human Factors

Joby/Daymen, San Francisco, CA 2006–2014

Creates, manufactures and distributes well-designed, revolutionary photographic accessories.

As third employee, major designer and influencer of growth into a 60M+ Company.

Photographic Accessories Headset/Telecom products.

Design: Designed original and grew Gorillapod product line including Cell Phone Mobile Cases, Ball Heads, Photo Accessories, Action Photo Clamps, Specialty Photo Lighting and Flashlights.

Researched, designed, and strategized camera/photo accessory solutions.

Researched, designed and developed several BT wearables. Released ZIVIO Bluetooth headset.

Developed design guidelines and product design languages, promoting visual concinnity within product lines.

Project Management: Managed manufacturing process in US/China for 20+ products.

Team Management: Led/mentored a highly skills, nimble team of designers.

Packaging/, and Fixtures.

For retail sales program, designed to manufacture all of Joby’s packaging.

Created concept sketches, merchandising plans, cost analysis, communicating closely with retail store management.

Snapdesign, Menlo Park/ Santa Cruz, CA 2004–2006; 1992–1998

Principal, Industrial Designer/Brand Manager

Consulted with world-wide clients, managing a small team team of six.

Projects: Designed consumer electronics, lifestyle products, telecommunications devices, and medical diagnostic equipment. Call center telephones, conferring systems, and headset products.

Brand Analysis/Positioning: Prepared and presented consumer market trends during design process.

Clients: Hewlett Packard, Plantronics, GM/Cadillac, Hans Grohe, Philips, Hoefer Inc., Giroflex, Mercedes Benz, NEC, Steelcase Furniture, Payer Shaver, Continuum Dental Laser, WebTV.

Plantronics, San Francisco, CA 2000–2004

Design: Designed professional call center and Bluetooth Mobile products for the commercial call center phone and consumer electronic headset market segment.

Research and Development: Performed human factor usability, comfort and fit studies.

Project Management: Management of internal, external design resources to optimize quality consistency/productivity

Product Testing: Performed human factor usability, comfort and fit studies.

Communication: Designed and led executive presentations to Plantronics management.

Marketing: Collaborate with the Marketing Team to identify key consumer trends and establish strategic product development plans/new business strategies that focus on end user needs and the “user experience.”

Headset/Call Center Products

-DuoSet Headset (most successful headset in Plantronics history)

-DuoPro Headset; SupraPlus Headset Family; M130, M170, M220 Mobile Headsets, M3500 Bluetooth Headset.

-T10 Single-Line Headset Telephone, T20 Dual-line Headset Telephone, CA40 DECT cordless headset system, CS50 Wireless Office Headset System.

Headset Adapter/Amplifier projects included: DA60 USB-to-Headset

Adapter, DA55 USB-to-Headset Adapter, A20 under Phone Amplifier, M12 Vista Universal Amplifier.

frogdesign, USA/Germany (11 years) 1984–1991

Industrial Designer/CAD Manager

Developed products from initial concepts to design hand-off to clients, who included: Apple, GE Kodak, Polaroid, Louis Vuitton, Kavo Dental, Konig+Neutrath, Next Computers, Sun Micro Systems, Mattel, Sony, Samsung, Asics Tiger Shoe and many others.


B.S., Industrial Design, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Awards Recent Design Awards

2014 Red Dot international Product Design Award (Action Clamp with Locking Arm)

2014 iF Product Design Award (Action Clam with Locking Arm)

2013 IDEA Award Finalist (UltraFit Sling Strap)

2012 Red Dot international Product Design Award (GorillaPod Micro)

2012 Travel&Leisure Design Award (GorillaPod Micro)

2011 CES Innovations Showcase Design Award (Gorilla Mobile Ori for Ipad)

2011 IDEA Award Finalist (Gorilla Mobile Ori for Ipad)

2011 CES Innovations Showcase Design Award (Gorilla Mobile for I phone)

2011 Red Dot International Product Design Award (GorllaTorch Switchback)

2011 if Product Design Award (Gorilla Torch Switchback)

2011 Designpreis Deutschland Design Council (Gorilla Torch Switchback)

2011 Innovation Showcase Design Award (GorllaTorch Switchback)

2006 CES headset Design Award “Bluetooth” (Bluetooth Headset)


Multifunction retractor adjustable strap, camera mounting system

Pulley camera strap and camera mounting system using same

Bluetooth headset with retractable NITINOL self-adjusting& automatic boom

Several Headset ear attachment methods internal and external

Many other patents and patents pending

Awards History

2004 if Design Award “payer Shaver”

2004 Swedish New Designer Award

2003 Design Award “FACTS” magazine giroflex 63 office chairs

2003 Contact Center World “Best Headset”

2002-2004 Several distinguished Awards from work for Plantronics

1995 Sofmap World, Japan

1990 PRES. Significant European&Asian pacific culture awareness&experience

1989 Siggraph Guest Lecturer

1988 ID Magazine, January Issue

1988 Axis Magazine, Winter Issue

1984 Cycle Guide, June Issue

1985 IDSA award winner frogdesign

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