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Yutaka K. | Elance
Last Sign-in: Dec 13, 2015

Yutaka K.

Industrial Designer with 25 years experience
   United States
  |   Huntington Beach, California
  |  7:47 am Local Time


Minimum Hourly Rate $33

I am award winning Industrial Designer with experience in variety of products with 27 years of experience. My focus is to design products that will be successful in the market, not just look good in portfolio. I know how things made and to design based on the real manufacturing processes. Aesthetics are totally up to your preference. I can help create the look you are dreaming about for your products. I can also help determine the look you'd like to accomplish using my design trend study skill and knowledge from many years of experience.

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Sep 22, 2015|Product Design|Private|Working
Sep 20, 2015|Product Design|Private|Completed
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Redesign of Lab Equipment for Apricot, a robotic pipetter manufacturer.
Concepts developed for break through X-Ray machine to lower the patient's anxiety level...
Ergonomically designed handle is the market leader in the catheter handle field with...
This device improves nurses' freedom to care for the patients and communicate accurate...
Designed to increase the adherence to the antibiotics by sounding alarm to the...
This MRI helps patients settled in the position in the most natural way. When patients...
This wireless color touch screen vital sign monitor is the most powerful and user...
This device helps EMS crew to provide accurate and reliable chest compression to...
MP3 player for athletes. It provides wireless, shock proof, sweat proof and finger tip...
Liquid intake management device for hemodialysis patients. It measures every drop of...
This TV stand is designed to match the specific model of LCD TV to create the...

Skills (10)

Industrial Design
Bunkspeed Shot
Adobe Photoshop
Rhinoceros 3D
Adobe Illustrator
3D Design
3D Modeling
3D Rendering

Service Description

My idea for the success is to design products that sells large quantity for a long period of time without problems. To accomplish this, I work in certain process that keeps the integrity of the design every steps of the way. The communication is one of the key element for this success. It is also important that I will present every possibilities at each stage of the process to minimize the mistake and delay. Good way of understanding this process is the shape of the funnel. I start the project at the top of the funnel that has large number of possibilities and reduce the number of possibilities as the process progress by eliminating the elements that is not suitable or unnecessary. At the end I will have a design that is perfect and something everybody can agree. I ask for my clients to participate in all the decision making process to reach the consensus so everybody can agree on the design at the end.

I usually divide the project in phases and they are:
-Knowledge Gathering (design trend study, user research, observation, image gathering)
-Concept Development (hand sketches, quick human factor mock-ups)
-Concept Refinement (create models using CAD, photo realistic renderings, visual mock-ups with 3D printer)
Parts Design (finalizing the design in CAD to hand off to mechanical engineers)

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Emphasis Design
2010 - Present
This is my own contract Industrial Design business providing design services for medical, consumer products, lab automation and consumer electronics manufacturers in Southern California. I conduct...
Nectar Product Development
Director, Creative Department
2009 - 2010
Directed creative department and worked on design from concept to hand off to engineers at this industrial design consultancy in Long Beach, CA. I've worked so many projects in very short time and...
Sorme Design
Director of Industrial Design
2007 - 2009
Sorme is an Industrial Design consultancy in SF. I am responsible for providing the front end Industrial Design services to manufacturers in medical device, electronics and green product field.
Director of Industrial Design
2005 - 2006
Flexcel, unit of Kimball, is a manufacture of special furnitures in variety of field. I've design concepts and production furnitures for Flexcel clients.
Kemnitzer Design Inc
Lead Industrial Designer
2001 - 2002
Managed projects and clients, oversaw junior designers, developed project proposals, prepared presentations, conducted design research, business development, communicated with design team/engineers.
Gateway Computer Inc
Senior Industrial Designer
1996 - 2001
I've designed notebook computers, alternative PCs, hand held computers, all-in-one computers, internet appliances, conversion PC/TV and peripherals for Gateway Computer.
Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company
Senior Industrial Designer
1994 - 1996
Produced ergonomically sound and visually innovative industrial pneumatic tools with large team of mechanical engineers. Designs significantly reduced Repetitive Stress Injury, the number of parts...
Milano Series
Senior Industrial Designer
1987 - 1991
Designed and brought to market internationally successful, award-winning museum collection products. Roles included product research, concept generation, model making, vendor contact and mechanical...


Pratt Institute
Bachelor of Industrial Design
1983 - 1987
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Industrial Design
3D Model
3D animation
3D Print
Photo realistic rendering
product design
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Member Since
July 2008
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