Ryan E Tabb


With 10 years of technical and professional experience, my strengths lie in the unrivaled ability to think globally while collaborating with those around me in a technical and creative environment. I am highly motivated with technical experience in the realms of industrial design, product development, 3D modeling, 3D printing, mold, and tooling creation, and CNC machine programming, flat patterning, industrial sewing, and rapid prototyping.

If you’re looking for someone who has extensive product design/creation background, manufacturing experience, a cross-functional communication style, and the ability to generate and maintain genuine relationships with global manufacturing partners, and technical background to test, validate, and prove concepts, it would be my pleasure to share my skills and insight with your design team.

Highlighting my qualifications and skillset:
1. I have a strong understanding of product design and development through an 18-month University of Oregon Master’s thesis project building a cycling footwear brand from the ground-up and the entire product creation cycle. I lead the team’s direction of six critical aspects of the company from Brand Development | Consumer Insight Mining | Future Explorations | Product Design and Development (including all patterning) | Sourcing | Business Distribution Models and Forecasting key cities. Not to mention all visual assets and marketing messaging. As part of my thesis, I developed launch strategies for Asian and US markets and took specific trips to Beijing and Shanghai to analyze consumer behavior of sports products.
Highlighting my business and design work | [www.humblehumandesign.com/footwear-design]

2. I hold a Master's degree in Sports Product Management (MS) from the Unversity of Oregon. This experience was coupled with an internship with an overseas manufacturer and has shaped the way I think about global product creation and development. While I was there I developed two technical backpacks and assisted a friend with the development of a waterproof fishing backpack. As it stands, I’m a hands-on problem solver with an analytical mindset. I have the unique ability to see all aspects of functional business and envision solutions created from what seems to be thin air. I was recognized for this ability and received an Entrepreneurial Award from the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business (Nancy and Dave Petrone Entrepreneurship Award - Presented to me by John Eberle)
Highlighting my technical backpack design work [www.humblehumandesign.com/splitpath-35l]

3. I’m passionate about product sustainability and improving the how, when, and where products are made. This is one of the many reasons I developed my vision for a community-driven and sustainably-focused outdoor brand called Native Elements. I conceptualized, designed, and developed various outdoor products and gear, utilizing a community-driven mission that encourages a closed-loop manufacturing process. My purpose was to take community waste materials and transform them into purposeful products. My ability to see community as an asset has been strengthened from my years involved with community programs and my United States Naval service.
Highlighting Native Elements initial product offering [www.humblehumandesign.com/klinchchalkbag]

4. I was recently given a design challenge to introduce a new market category of hiking. In this week-long project, I mined for global consumer insights, upon my research I discovered a story to align with a brand initiative of 'Balance'. I developed this story into an entire product line of wearables, and lead the design direction to carry throughout multiple seasons. This forecast was established through the horizons that I created for strategic product launches.