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paul olvera. paul olvera. paul olvera. 2363 Ohio Ave. Apt. 2 Cincinnati, OH. 45219 773 - 818 - 8830


Honors. ACCO Brands: Mead

2012 - 2013

New Product Development

Kettering, OH

Concept sketching and model making under Mead’s umbrella Illustrating company patents Rendering for Sales & Marketing Teams Worked on two projects that are patent pending Best Buy: Warehouse B

2011 - 2013

Customer Specialist/Sales

Cincinnati, OH

Assisted customers with questions on technology Offered management insight on display design & product layout Continental Honda

2010 - 2011

Express Technician/Porter

Chicago, IL

2011 - Present 2013 - Present

PhotoShop Illustrator InDesign Bridge SketchBook Pro 6 Microsoft Office

Solidworks Alias Automotive Graphite v8 AutoCAD 2010

Interests. 2011 - Present University of Cincinnati: DAAP Pursuing B.S. Industrial Design, Minor in Marketing GPA: 3.67/4.0 DePaul University Pursued B.S. in Business Administration GPA: 3.98/4.0

2008 - 2010

2008 - Present 2008 - 2011 2008 - 2010 2008 - 2010


Fostered comfort for working with machines Worked quickly and efficiently in high volume shop Described by management as detail orientated


U.C. DAAP Dean’s List The National Society of Leadership and Success NSCS Member HSF Hearst Scholarship DePaul Dean’s List Men of Color Initiative

Making stuff. Fixing stuff. Climbing stuff. Driving stuff.


If there’s any one plant that lights up a room, it’s definitely an orchid.

inspiration to ideation I visited conservatories around Cincinnati, and I did additional photo research, to better understand how the petals of an orchid interact.

The petals appear as separates, suspended and bonded by dainty stems. And yet, together they work beautifully for the longevity of the plant.

early moves & models I like sketching, but it seemed to me that this project would benefit from small models rather than small drawings. This way, I could work with a material similar to the final material and better understand its capabilities. Naturally, I looked for solutions that were smart, simple, and elegant. And true to the essence of the orchid itself. But there were a couple basic ground rules:


final bits & pieces Cost of production was one of my main concerns. Not only for the sake of my bank account, but also to limit the amount of waste. I used an energy efficient bulb as a light source, so it seemed fitting to keep the theme going by utilizing simple engineering techniques to reduce the cost of materials and to keep production efficient.

There are only 10 pieces. Including the lighting element.


revisited, revised, remodeled Recently, I decided to revisit this project to see what new techniques and understanding of materials I could apply. I decided to change materials altogether to sheet polupropelene; in doing so, I had to revise how the entire lamp was put together. However, the aesthetic direction remained the same. Orchidea retained its signature lighting effects and gained a sense of sturdiness bringing this project ever closer to production.


What if a designer from mid-century France, created a pannier rack for 2013?

where it started “Never design anything that cannot be made.” Jean Prouvé From a list of 64 designers I chose Jean Prouve as the inspiration for this project. A metal artisan, self-taught architect and designer. It seemed an interesting challenge to study Prouve’s style, and apply it to a pannier rack for a modern cyclist.

trends and push-pins Since the design would be for the modern age, it seemed fitting to identify what was trending in Summer ‘13. I looked though countless blogs, magazines, cafes, and windows to see what was in, what was out, and what was up and coming. The search wasn’t strictly bicycle orientated. Rather I looked for trends in fashion, furniture, architecture, fine art, product design, and pop culture. Why stick to just bicycles if the cyclist is seeing so much more?

sketch to build Since I was emulating Jean Prouve’s style, I thought I might emulate his drawing technique too. ProuvÊ was said to only sketch what he could build. He also had a very straightforward sketching technique.

Simple and efficient.

final direction I did this colored pencil render in 20 minutes or so, and I used it to talk to various metal artisans. I’d never worked with metal before, specifically aluminum, so having input from their years of experience was a great help, and a great learning experience. Practicality and aesthetics considered, this design fit the bill like a glove.


measure twice cut once

design is in the details


Rear Bicycle Light. for ATELIERS JEAN PROUVÉ

the bits & pieces

Ultra Brite LEDs (100 Lumen) Because good things come in 3’s.

Curved Light Reflector Designed to difuse light into the rider’s blindspots. Built to help you share the road.

Anondized Aluminum Strong. Light. Corrosion resistant.

Dual CR2 Batteries Commonly used in lights for handguns.

Silicon Gasket Keeps your batteries dry and your lights on.

Stainless Steel Hardware Corrosion resistant for miles of enjoyment.


Stimulate the mind. Organize a cluttered tabletop.

deconstruct to understand I wanted to take some instantly recognizable form, and explore what new forms could come of it. But I also wanted to explore forms that could interlock, tessellate, and transform into pieces as elegant as they were functional.

Form follows function. Eye follows beauty. Mind follows meaning. Heart follows truth.

daydreaming I actually came upon the final form while in class one day. And I cannot honestly rememeber what class that was. From this doodle, I made the first representation of the idea.

possibilities There are 4 pieces to a set, but that isn’t a limitation. The pieces can stand alone and function individually or mix and mingle with a group. Regardless of interpretation, they encourage play.


1/2” Drive Impactool. 232 SERIES CONCEPT for INGERSOLL RAND

If cars are everywhere, why aren’t the tools to fix them easier to handle?

rethink and redesign A couple questions came to my mind when I was shopping for the impact wrench I needed for my express-tech job. Why were the entry-level impact wrenches the clunkiest? Shouldn’t they be the easiest to handle? This redesign would consider the needs of various users; from the novice DIY mechanic to the aging gearhead.

Comfortable. Sleek. Tough.

product & problem analysis

Front Heavy As it stands, the 231C has the majority of its weight placed towards the front, which makes the tool hard to control if you’re a greenhorn or if your hair’s gone blue.

Slow Start Since the 231C is front heavy, connecting to an air supply is an interesting situation that takes time, which is money if’n you’re on the clock.

Trigger Pinch For whatever reason, the 231C has an indent on the trigger which is great for pinching your finger or your nitrile rubber glove.

chicken or the egg? sketch or the model? Answer: Both, simultaneously. While I was sketching I considered the angle of the handle, the location of the reverse assembly, and the weight distribution of the mechanics within the casting.

I avoided detailing the handle in the earlier sketches because I didn’t know what the handle with the best feel looked like yet.

mixed media I used a variety of techniques to put this model together. The handle and housing was built in Alias Automotive 2012. The hammer case assembly was built in Solidworks 2012.

And I carved the entire spring-loaded trigger assembly with my Dremel and files.

exploded view for 232 Series Impactool Concept 232 Series Concept Parts Layout

232 Series Concept Parts List




Why not?


self portrait.

two brothers.


Prismacolor Colored Pencil on Canson Paper 2010 Approx. 5 hours

Sanford Ebony Pencil 2011 Approx. 10 minutes

Prismacolor Chalks, Markers, & Colored Pencils 2014 Approx. 4 hours

selections from my sketch-a-day routine All are on 8.5” by 11” paper. All take about 30 minutes or less.

I try to draw at least one car a day. They aren’t all in perspective, but I try to put emotion into every one.

1986 Puch Cobra restoration & modification project I bought this without knowing how it worked. Or how to ride it. But now I’ve laid a hand on every single part. Without a single accident.

1981 Yamaha XS400 restoration & modification project Once I learned mopeds, I started learning motorcycles. A big thanks to Richard Harris, senior designer at Mead. To say I learned a lot from my first couple co-ops would be an understatement.

thank you.

paul olvera. paul olvera. paul olvera. 2363 Ohio Ave. Apt. 2 Cincinnati, OH. 45219 773 - 818 - 8830

Paul Olvera: Spring 2014 Industrial Design Portfolio