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Dean Van

Industrial Designer

As an Industrial Designer, I bring to the table a versatile skill set encompassing concept development, design research, graphic design, and 3D visualization. My design philosophy revolves around the art of translating the essence of a project into a solution that not only captivates aesthetically but also maximizes its value for the client, the manufacturer, and most importantly, the end-user it's intended for.

Working at Sigma Design has afforded me the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse array of intelligent, creative, and skilled individuals, each bringing their unique experiences to the table. I firmly believe that the creation of well-crafted products is the result of collaborative teamwork, where different specialties converge to shape innovative solutions.

In my design process, I don't limit myself to just one concept. Instead, I strive to present a spectrum of solutions ranging from the safe and expected to the unconventional and out-of-the-box. By embracing open-mindedness and adaptability, I actively seek new insights and empathize with the end-user and other stakeholders impacted by the design. While the safe and expected may suffice at times, I find that exploring a wider range of concepts often leads to unexpected breakthroughs and "aha" moments, ultimately guiding the solution towards a clear and innovative path forward.
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Questions & Answers

How do you make people laugh?

I love finding the humor in everyday things. If there's an opportunity for some fun, I will look for it, and embrace it!

If you were a tool or piece of equipment, what would you be and why?

A pencil. The pencil, a humble instrument, embodies boundless potential and creativity. With its slender simplistic form, it serves as a conduit for the mind's aspirations, transforming blank pages into realms of imagination. Each stroke of graphite marks not only lines but also ideas, dreams, and visions.

What's your favorite productivity hack or time-saving trick?

I sometimes put on headphones even when I am not listening to anything just to make it look like I don't want to be distracted. It usually works.