I made a return to entrepreneurialism back in 2008 with some funds to rejuvenate my passion for design and business. I even ventured out to Tsingtao, China for an industrial design convention (disappointing). Then, as we all know, the economic tsunami hit all of us. Fast forward to 2011, I was hired as a director of strategic planning & product development for Apple/ Android accessories company. On paper, the job required all of my business, design and legal skills. But, I couldn’t stand the owner and his “Steve Job” imitation management style without the talent. Disillusioned, I left a 6-figure job and did what a good Buddhist might do - I enrolled in a theological school! Yes, Theology! - Christianity, of course; Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Islam, Kant, and Marxism to name a few Yes, a full-on assault on capitalism. Anyway, the academic rigor and content have been fabulous! Now, I have one year left.
But recently, I have been rethinking where I am now and how I would like to apply so much of whatI have learned into the design-entrepreneurial paradigm where I find myself most happy, excited, productive, and at home. I have many thoughts - perhaps too many. Still, I believe now I have much more substance - philosophy, ethics, religion(s), justice - that can undergird my design approach. In the meantime, I see that product design generally gets the most funding through sites such as Kickstarter. I may start with my other passions as inspiration for design such as road and mountain biking, sustainable design, etc.
Whew . . . Thanks for reading thus far. I just wanted to share what one nutty product designer is up to. Now, I just have to get up to speed on the latest upgrade for my CAD software 3D printing, design trends, etc., and really brush upon 3D software.