Bio

Nick Holland is a multidisciplinary industrial designer based in Brooklyn with a passion for environmental design. He is known for his homegoods, lighting, and furniture design and has extensive expertise in advanced model-making and prototyping. Nick utilizes the process of design thinking for problem solving in all of his work. His unique combination of managerial and design skills makes him especially adept at helping clients at every stage of the design process (from conceptualization of needs to buildable solutions that fit within any budget to lead time and fabrication requirements). He especially enjoys projects that enhance user-interaction and experience.

 

Capabilities

 
 

Management

Project management, team leadership, and design strategy.


Photography

Intermediate knowledge of DSLR photography and video.


Product Documentation

Creation of specification sheets, translatable files, and tech packs.


Shop-Trained

Trained in using a wide variety of wood, glass, and metal shop tools.


Data Visualization

Data modeling, affinity diagramming.


Client Relations

Customer communication, specialized customer support, and writing product talk-tracks

Prototyping

Prototyping physical models varying from low to high fidelity.


Gaffer

Trained glass blower (gaffer) with amateur experience.


Graphic Design

Core understanding of graphic design and brand identity.


Ideation Sketching

Hand and tablet-based sketching techniques.


Quality Control

Quality control assurance in manufacturing.


Environmental Design

Interior and user experience design for spatial environments.

CAD

Advanced knowledge of Solidworks, Rhino, and Keyshot.


Coding

Basic editing skills in HTML and CSS.


Software UI Design

UI wireframing and prototyping.


Research

Design research, contextual research, and ethnography.


Photoshoots

Photoshoot shot-lists, product and prop placement, and shooting


Adobe

Expert in Adobe Creative Cloud Software.


Advanced Machinery

Knowledgeable in laser-cutting, CNC operation, 3D printing/scanning


Manufacturing

Domestic and international manufacturing experience.


Design Thinking

Design Thinking methodology utilization and research.


Trade Shows

Trade show design, logistics, booth production, and booth staffing.



Work Experience

 

Visual Magnetics

Industrial Designer & Project Manager
Jan. 2017 - Present

Project Manager
Aug 2016 - Jan. 2017

Manage special projects, working directly with high-need customers (e.g. Google, Fast Company, WeWork, Airbnb, Dropbox) to design customized products for their specific needs (traveling to clients when necessary). Prepare, format, and edit customer design files to production-ready documents. Oversee manufacturer communications and a cross-functional team to launch new products and ensure quality production. Helped company transition from a consultancy-driven design work flow to an in-house operation. Directly responsible for communications with assigned clients and the production team. Design, implement, and staff trade show booths, traveling when required.


Visibility

Industrial Design Intern
Jan. 2016 - June 2016

Worked with clients as part of a three-person team to design new products for mass-production. Clients included AWAY, Good Thing, Areaware, Matter, Steve & Kate, WIM, Umbra, Umbra Shift, and Visual Magnetics. Projects varied in scope from environmental store design, user experience, and physical product design.


Up and Running Software

Design Consultant & Videographer
June. 2015 - May 2017

Developed and designed car ice scraper for North American market from conceptual sketch to manufacturing research. Scripted, produced, shot, and edited seven promotional videos related to Up and Running’s software development business.


Idéreaktorn AB

Head of Design
Sept. 2015 - Feb 2016

Established the corporate identity of the company, designed desktop/mobile applications and identified new product markets.


Iowa State University, Industrial Design Department

Associate Researcher
Feb 2014 - June 2015

Researcher
Jan 2013 - Feb 2014

Researched Design Thinking and simplified the methodology for businesses that would not traditionally turn to design as a method of problem solving. Coordinated and designed workshops and presentations, conducted data analysis, wrote and published peer-reviewed scientific papers and research.


Iowa State University Memorial Union

Furniture Designer & Fabricator
May 2014 - July 2014

Designed and built a set of nine cafe-style tables for commission using a small-run production technique in a woodshop environment. Produced tables using reclaimed oak cut from Iowa State University’s campus.


Iowa State University Extension, Iowa’s Living Roadways

Office Assistant
Jul 2011 - Jan 2013

Conducted research with the Iowa State University Landscape Architecture department to survey regional planning walkability scores of rural towns in Iowa. Built highly detailed maps of lesser documented communities using on-site photographs and surveying techniques. Performed research with the overall goal of enhancing the community planning of small Iowa communities. Conducted telephone research surveys and recorded data. Traveled to town hall meetings and took detailed notes of community member comments and complaints. Uploaded and maintained website for consultants, community, and departmental access.


Education

 
 

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
2011-2015

Rome, Italy
2013

• Bachelors of Industrial Design with the distinction of Cum Laude
• Concentration in advanced prototyping
• 2013 Summer study abroad in Rome, Italy
• GPA of 3.7/4.0


Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)
The Royal Institute of Technology

Stockholm, Sweden
2014

• Educated in Industrial Design Engineering
• 6-month study abroad exchange
• Studied Swedish, currently at a 3/5 fluency level