cole smith

design technologist

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Senior Product Experience Designer | Markforged


established a design team and process bridging leadership, engineering, product, marketing.
established a design system of over 50 reusable 2D and 3D components using Figma and React.
opened personal office hours and classes to develop creative confidence in non-designers.
designed Blacksmith in-situ part inspection software that puts 3D printed parts in space.
designed XRay View visualization tools for adding reinforcement to 3D printed parts.
designed SmartSlice simulation and optimization tools for 3D printed parts.
design/shipped over 200 UX "papercut" improvements to Eiger slicing software.
Senior Creative Technologist | WeWork


led a cross-functional skunkworks team of engineers, architects, and researchers.
design/built a meeting room booking system, using physical space as an interface.
design/built a modular furniture system for digital customization of bespoke offices.
design/built YAY buttons, a wireless NPS button for physical spaces.
design/built the infamous WeWork beer tap handle.
Researcher, Advanced Manufacturing | VT CAUS


robotic fabrication research, in partnership with Autodesk and MASS Design.
research, management and upkeep of stratasys fdm printers.
Design+Build Intern | Gropen Signs


custom exhibit and signage design, build, and install.
Patent Pending - Pattern shading for 3D data visualization


methods for visualizing 3D part surface quality in both color and greyscale mediums.
Patent US20210076156A1 - Conference room interface system


conference room booking and interface system utilizing 3D indoor positioning.
Patent US20190228348A1 - Reservation system in a shared workspace


systems and methods for facilitating reservations of shared office space.
Cradle to Cradle Design Award | Best use of Fusion 360


finite faucet, a water saving faucet design emphasizing sanitation.
Odyssey Fellowship | Class of 1954 Recipient


solo travel scholarship apprenticing as glassblower, woodworker, blacksmith.
User Experience Awards | Silver Medal


activ, a bluetooth headset designed for amputees.
Virginia Tech Bachelors of Industrial Design + Math Minor


3.82 gpa, deans list, scholar with honors.
AHS Math, Engineering, and Science Academy


engineering, collegiate dual enrollment.

Figma + Figjam

React Prototyping

HTML5 / CSS / JavaScript

Activity-Centered Design

Rapid Prototyping

Adobe Suite

Blender 3D Modeling

Fusion 360 Modeling

Digital Sketching