portfolio for Oakley
My name is Neil Kwiatkowski and I’m an industrial designer currently working at Smart Design. While I’ve learned a great deal during my time at Smart, I have longed for a chance to work for a brand that I’m passionate about, where I truly believe in the message and mission of the brand. I have greatly respected Oakley since I got my first pair of Frogskins, a hand me down from my brother, when I was 7 years old. It would be a dream come true to create fresh, innovative, and cutting edge eyewear with the incredible team at Oakley. I believe my background, skillset, and approach could be a perfect fit for your team, and I look forward to hearing more.
I have more recent work samples that I am able to share in person, but not digitally. They include sporting equipment for which I developed advanced, drafted, curvature continuous surfacing in CAD, as well as a complex electronics project that required close collaboration with mechanical and electrical engineering throughout. I look forward to hopefully sharing these out with you soon!
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personal projects - footwear
collaboration with nike
adidas YEEZY concepts
I wanted to include this adidas concept sneaker as a representation of my current skillset as much of my most recent work from my time at Smart Design is yet to come to market. It was also an exercise in rendering challenging materials in digital sketching.
adidas n8 nordic boost
I started at Smart Design in the summer of 2015 as an industrial design intern, and currently am in the role of industrial designer II. In this role, I lead advanced design projects and client interactions as well as co-lead the intern program, recruiting and vetting new talent for the ID team.
responsibilities (outside of ID):
soft goods team
happy hour ambassador
flexibility / versatility
speed and task prioritization
During my time at Smart Design, I have been lucky to work on over a dozen projects with OXO. It has been an enriching and challenging experience that has required me to grow not only my design skillset, but also my personal organization abilities and efficiency. When working on the OXO account, I often have 5+ projects at different stages of development. This has taught me to switch seamlessly between tasks like carving a foam model in the shop, to complex CAD surfacing, to brainstorms and generative concepting, to telling the story of the design process at a design sign-off meeting.
Most recently, I've been working in the kitchen electrics space tackling advanced challenges that come when designing both a physical product and a digital experience that need to complement each other and mesh seamlessly.
note - some images are representational of projects still in development
oxo stronghold suction suite
OXO came to Smart Design looking to replace their old stronghold suction line with an improved mechanism and a fresh, contemporary design. We audited the current line to identify key things that were working, and key opportunities to improve upon.
We leveraged our user centered approach and prototyped rough models to learn as quickly as possible. This helped us prioritize the needs of different users and bathroom environments, and led us towards the most efficient and elegant solutions for the greatest number of users.
the original oxo suction line
analysis of current products
market survey and competitor shopping
competitor testing and evaluation
We hosted the OXO team for a 3D brainstorm in our shop. We were able to illustrate a high volume of concepts and models very quickly and collaboratively. Getting the core team on the client side to help generate ideas and gain confidence in our thinking early improved our client relationship and the overall flow of the project.
exploring potential design directions
the oxo stronghold suction line
While still keeping the products honest and not trying to design them to feel like permanent shower fixtures, we strove to make the mechanism disappear in the products. In the original line, the mechanism is proud of the product and wire, and is the first thing the eye sees. We wanted to shift that and make the product you interact with everyday the hero.
We also strove to design more secure product architectures across the line. The old basket architecture was precarious and flexed considerably when placing items inside. Having a wire in the baskets that borders the entire top edge keeps your items contained and strengthens the product overall.
oxo glass mixing bowls
I was tasked to create the perfect set of glass bowls for both mixing and tabletop use.
- fluted rim provides a grip point while remaining tabletop worthy
- material distribution makes the bowls feel robust and secure (thicker glass at the bottom)
- perfectly stacking prep bowls for small portions, snacks, and mise en place
gatorade gx system components
I graduated from Philadelphia University in 2015 with a degree in industrial design. While studying at PhilaU, I was also a member of the varsity soccer team, leading the team to a conference championship in goal and earning tournament MVP and all-conference honors. Juggling industrial design and soccer taught me to be an efficient designer and a meticulous planner.
nike urban legend
personal projects + other fun stuff
- graphic design, typography + illustration
- parametric modeling
in the works...
I have been working with Danish fashion designer Julius Juul to assist in the development of hardware for Heliot Emil's upcoming season. I deeply enjoy fashion and find it to be a valuable asset for pulling inspiration.
luminous abstraction @ brooklyn glass
I am currently enrolled in an 8-week course in neon. I'm learning not only the skills to create my own neon light fixtures, but also the theory behind creating impactful 3D sculptures with the medium, not just lettering.
I'm also working on a line of leather bags to push my soft goods skills in another material.
Thank you once again for your time and consideration.