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.
Project management, team leadership, and design strategy.
Intermediate knowledge of DSLR photography and video.
Creation of specification sheets, translatable files, and tech packs.
Trained in using a wide variety of wood, glass, and metal shop tools.
Data modeling, affinity diagramming.
Customer communication, specialized customer support, and writing product talk-tracks
Prototyping physical models varying from low to high fidelity.
Trained glass blower (gaffer) with amateur experience.
Core understanding of graphic design and brand identity.
Hand and tablet-based sketching techniques.
Quality control assurance in manufacturing.
Interior and user experience design for spatial environments.
Advanced knowledge of Solidworks, Rhino, and Keyshot.
Basic editing skills in HTML and CSS.
Software UI Design
UI wireframing and prototyping.
Design research, contextual research, and ethnography.
Photoshoot shot-lists, product and prop placement, and shooting
Expert in Adobe Creative Cloud Software.
Knowledgeable in laser-cutting, CNC operation, 3D printing/scanning
Domestic and international manufacturing experience.
Design Thinking methodology utilization and research.
Trade show design, logistics, booth production, and booth staffing.
Industrial Designer & Project Manager
Jan. 2017 - Present
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.
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.
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
Feb 2014 - June 2015
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
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.
Iowa State University
• 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
• Educated in Industrial Design Engineering
• 6-month study abroad exchange
• Studied Swedish, currently at a 3/5 fluency level