What can I say? I love design. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had an affinity for the visual arts, so the idea of becoming a professional designer made perfect sense to me. I knew that I enjoyed being creative, but I wanted to find some way to bring my ideas to life (and to some extent, commercialize them:). That’s when I decided to learn more about the field of industrial design. Suddenly, the stars were aligned. Off to design school I went.

Over the years, I’ve designed a number of different products, including medical devices, architectural hardware, sporting goods, and a few others. I’ve worked for large manufacturers as well as small start-ups; in large corporate offices, and in small shops. Both have given me invaluable insight, and have shaped my perspective on the profession of industrial design.

I am fascinated by computers. Recently, I've developed a strong interest in software development, and have been avidly practicing the rudiments of a few languages, such as Python, Objective-C, Javascript, and HTML. I've learned to appreciate the art of coding, and the process of designing software. In my opinion, one can draw a lot of parallels between the software development process and the industrial design process. Both can be very creative endeavours.

I am currently a product designer at Makerbot Industries, in Brooklyn, NY. It is really an amazing time to be part of such an innovative company, and to work with such a brilliant group of people. Prior to Makerbot, I served as Digital Fabrication Specialist at the School of Visual Arts' Visible Futures Lab, a brand-new, state-of-the-art makerspace/prototyping facility/design studio for the graduate school of the inaugural MFA Products of Design program. In this role, my goal was to mentor graduate students, and to help them understand and leverage the capabilites of rapid prototyping technologies, which include 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines.

If interested, feel free to download a copy of my resume here. You can also e-mail me at carcru@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by!

- Carlos