Mike is a DIY enthusiast that believes that if something can be built, modified, or invented, then it should be. He grew up in Georgia shootin’ guns and cow tipping, but now lives a much safer life as an industrial designer in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mike believes the work that he does should improve lives and give people an increased awareness of their surroundings. Successful design embraces the fact that things are created for people, to be used by people. To him, solving everyday problems is the most fulfilling part of the design process.
Mike worked for Smart Design as an industrial designer, where I worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from Clorox to Neato Robotics. He also had the unique role of being the shop manager, as he took it upon myself to nurture their bare bones workshop to a full fledged model shop—which included building a vacuum forming machine from scratch (video below).
A passion of his is building interesting things in his home workshop. His personal project blog eventually morphed into a successful online store called Tinkering Monkey, where he is working full time now.