Grant Bell is working as a vice president of design and engineering for Focus Product Design in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco, California. He is responsible for setting up strategic direction and implementing long term initiatives. “I joined the team at Focus Product Design April 2014 as creative director and now oversee all industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, graphic design, videography, and marketing functions,” he says. Grant adds that during his time at the company, he’s doubled number of designers and engineers. He’s also presented multiple tutorial videos, TV marketing segments, and sales videos. “Focus Product Design has hosted numerous design Meetups where I have had the opportunity to present with some of the foremost leaders in the design and crowd-funding industry.”
He’s proud to be working at a successful design firm in the heart of Silicon Valley. “[The area] is filled with the world’s most inspiring and incredibly smart individuals. I am both excited and humbled to be a part of it.” Grant lists his design influences as Syd Mead, Daniel Simon, H. R. Giger, and Richard Branson.
Grant, who in 2004 earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, says his education provided the foundation he needed to get him started in the industrial design industry. He recommends that current students stay focused and take internships to gain experience. “I recently heard someone say ‘you get what you work for, not what you dream for.’ So work hard and it will pay off.”
See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/467 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.