Jeremy Van Hill 2015 Board of Directors Statement of Candidacy

For position of Northeast District Vice President

Statement of Candidacy

I am excited to run for Northeast District Vice President of IDSA. My personal experience with IDSA events and conferences has been so educational and inspirational. I am very much looking forward to the chance to expand on the direction and opportunities IDSA can bring to all designers. I believe I will bring value to the DVP position for a few reasons.

I am currently a senior industrial designer at Radius PD. Radius is a highly integrated product development firm. This allows me insight into not just the breadth of the industrial design discipline, but also how we might best collaborate with research, engineering, implementation, marketing and strategy. Working across consumer electronics, medical and packaging campaigns gives me access to over 100 clients (and potential speakers) a year, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Radius is also an active IDSA participant.

Over the past decade, I have been fortunate enough to work in a corporate, consultant, freelance and volunteer environment. At Cambridge Consultants. I was the first industrial designer in the US office; helping to initialize design processes, methodologies and integration of design. Within the first nine months, industrial design was incorporated into over 85 percent of revenue generating projects. Innovative Sleep Solutions allowed me to be a one-person design house, doing everything from product, to web, to UI, to packaging.  It was a great honor to see my work in TIME Magazine’s Most Amazing inventions in 2005 and 2009.

At Electrolux Major Appliances I experience what it was like to work on an eighteen-person design team, along with hundreds of engineers who simultaneously designed and launched over 120 products and SKU’s, the largest product introduction in home appliance history. The office was located in the middle of the refrigerator factory in Anderson, SC.

At Echo Visualization I worked under Michelle Berryman at a five-person UI and exhibit design firm. It was a great experience to work with such a tight knit group, as well as see the impact of IDSA first hand.

While working with Operation Mercy, I spent a year in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Iran doing a mix of design, education and relief supervision work. This was by far the most character defining time of my life. The breadth of experience in environment and content makes me well suited to work with designers going into any field, and especially those searching for their own niche.

Most importantly, my value will stem from my passion.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve been developing a strong drive toward design education and mentorship. On one end of the spectrum, I’ve been able to teach my wife’s fourth grade students the same creative methodologies we use professionally with great success. On the other end, I’ve been involved in a number of MIT design and end engineering courses. This included being a mentor, guest lecturer, reviewer and ID consultant for the 2.009 Product Engineering Process Class, 2.00 Introduction to Design, 2.00b Toy Product Design and ESD.40 Product Design and Development.

My background, network and leadership experiences have prepared me to be an effective DVP and I am very enthusiastic about what I can bring to the IDSA team.