Industrial Designer, Mobile Technologies, Inc.
The Art Institute of Portland
Keep drawing, building, and creating. Never stop, even if it’s something small like chicken scratch on a post-it or a simple photograph. Mitch Hose , Industrial Designer, Mobile Technologies, Inc. Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, 2012 , The Art Institute of Portland
Researches Current Market Trends in Industrial Design, Builds 3D Prototypes
Mitch Hose is an industrial designer for Mobile Technologies, Inc. (MTI), responsible for researching current market trends that directly relate to the industrial design expectations of the organization's customers. Mitch sketches, renders, and builds 3D prototypes to show design intent to the MTI team, vendors, manufacturers, and customers. He’s a United States Navy veteran who earned the title of machinist mate, petty officer 2nd Class during his four years of service.
Mitch’s resume shows a strong background in machining, reading 2D drawings, and turning them into 3D objects. “This has had a very significant and direct effect on my ability to create drawings, communicate with engineers, and build believable prototypes.” He works in the program Solidworks to build concepts, render models, and create design intent documents that are used as both sales tools and reference for project managers. When a concept is chosen for further development, he works in the prototype lab using 3D printing, sand, glue, and paint to create a prototype that is as close to a production product as possible.
Mitch credits his education with helping him to become a professional in industrial design. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Portland in 2012 and cited the school’s classes in concept sketching, building in CAD, and model building as being particularly relevant.
He encourages current students to challenge themselves each day. “Keep drawing, building, and creating. Never stop, even if it’s something small like chicken scratch on a post-it or a simple photograph.” Mitch explains that in his profession, he’s faced with many challenges—including building his knowledge of Solidworks when he started a new job. “I requested additional classes through my employer. I had to put in some long hours my first year to keep myself relevant. There is always the next level to rise to.” He adds that his industry is becoming more cross functional and he’s being asked to work with vendors, manufacturers, sales, buyers, and customers.
He was excited to be chosen for an overseas project that tested his creativity and innovation. “About six months after I started my job, a large company in the United Kingdom was interested in my concept to solve a problem they were having in their store environment. I was flown to London to research, present to the client, and refine my design. While the design was never sent into production, it was an inspirational moment that I'll never forget.”
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