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About eikedesign

I am a degreed industrial designer with over 25 years of experience as a product design consultant. Throughout my career, I have worked exclusively for award-winning industrial design firms, preferring the collaborative work environment and wide variety of challenges found in consulting. Since 2002, I have worked as an independent design consultant working primarily for other design firms on a wide range of projects.

In the past, I have designed medical equipment such as the biopsy mammotome for BiopSys/Ethicon, technology products such as the Palm PDA Thumbpad for Datadesk, consumer products such as the best-selling Workhorse flashlights for Rav-O-Vac, several toys for Mattel and Playmates Toys, a patented twist-up eraser mechanism for Pentel, numerous graphics and illustration projects for The Walt Disney Company, and a wide variety of medical, industrial, in-flight entertainment and avionics, fitness, consumer, attended and unattended POS, and commercial projects.

I have accumulated numerous utility and design patents throughout my career and I am usually drawn to the more mechanical problem-solving aspects of my projects, although I have won several aesthetic design awards as well. My background in Human Factors and Ergonomics, my extensive knowledge of a wide range of both high and low volume processes and materials, and my expertise and efficiency with 3D design and documentation tools make me an experienced and well-rounded industrial design professional.

I graduated from Arizona State University in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in design sciences with a focus in product design. In addition to my aesthetic and ergonomic skills, I have over 25 years of CAD experience including the last 10 years using SolidWorks, and various other digital design tools including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Thank you for looking and I hope we can work together.

Mark Eike

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Edmonds, WA 98026

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Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Contract Product Design work should be completed in phases (research, concept development, mechanical design, prototyping, vendor liaison, etc.) with fixed deliverables at the end of each phase. There is no way to know the cost of the mechanical design phase when all you have is a concept, and there is no reason to commit to a whole program with a new consultant. Work a phase at a time so your quotes are more accurate, and so you can feel comfortable with the progress of your project. If things are not working out with your designer, you can terminate the relationship at the end of a phase and walk away with concrete deliverables so the progress you've made is not lost.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Product Design is a mixture of art and science. It's a methodical process, but one that different designers can follow to completely different but equally valid conclusions. Some projects require a high-design artist and some require a mechanically oriented CAD specialist. It's important to match your project with the skills of your designer.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. How many years have you been working as an Industrial Designer? What type of degree/training do you have(Industrial Design, Engineering, etc.)? What markets (consumer, industrial, medical, etc.)? Did you work for manufacturing companies or for consultancies?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. The milestone of a final design from a Design Consultant (in the form of anything from a 3D rendering or prototype to a 3D database suitable for going into production) constitutes only part of the process of getting a product successfully to market. You may still have to obtain patents, obtain funding, qualify vendors, establish production facilities, establish distribution channels, etc. These additional steps can be time-consuming and/or expensive and should be allowed for in your overall product development budget.

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