I worked with the “Adventure Products” Industrial Design team at Rivian from January-August 2022. I helped create innovative solutions, vehicle accessories, exploratory concepts, and gear for electrified outdoor experiences. I collaborated within a fast paced, highly skilled vehicle design studio, challenged my design skills and evolved my ideation processes.

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R1 Exterior Accessory + Detailed Form Refinement

I designed an on-vehicle hardgood accessory for the R1T and R1S, leading the full design phase with support from my design manager – initial design brief through final Class-A surface delivery.  I collaborated with a multidisciplinary team of mechanical and electrical engineers, product managers, CAD surfacers, and Design directors.

This project involved creating an exterior housing around a specific electronic package, while considering functional and regulatory requirements such as waterproofing, attachment and user interaction, assembly, and bluetooth connectivity with the vehicle.  I dissected form language and details from the R1 exterior and related accessories to inform the housing design. I took cues from other consumer electronic products to develop details (buttons, hinges, etc). I then went through a highly detailed/rigorous iteration process to refine surfacing details, corners, curves, and form. This process pushed my hardgood design knowledge, collaboration skills, and eye for highly detailed surface refinement.

Integrated Outdoor Accessories + Rapid Concept Visualization

I provided rapid concept ideation for a wide variety of ongoing projects, future concepts, and full vehicle studio design sprints. These ranged from outdoor accessories, concept ideation for future vehicles, to vehicle chargers.

I visualized quick concepts and far reaching ideas using a combination of Keyshot renderings, Illustrator exploration, and digital sketches. I bounced ideas off the rest of the team during weekly design share-outs and presented detailed sketches and concepts during studio design sprints. I was challenged by a highly skilled, fast paced, & idea-rich vehicle design studio, evolving my visualization skills and idea generation processes.

Vehicle Interior Integrations + Early Concept Development

I collaborated with the vehicle interior team to generate exploratory concepts for outdoor-lifestyle integrations and opportunities for future accessories. I provided detailed sketch ideation over early Blender renderings from the interior team. I collaborated with the rest of the Industrial Design team to identify innovative opportunities and solutions for the future R2 and R3 vehicles.

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