My origin is Detroit, Michigan. After graduating high school and obtaining my A.F.A., I moved southeast to the city of Pittsburgh, PA. There I completed 2 more degrees in industrial design while working on concentric projects for both the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts alongside multiple independent freelance projects.
In late 2003, under the guise of Con Cor Design Group, I perused multiple contract employment jobs with such companies as Hallmark in association with SIGGRAPH, CARA (Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica), Alder Planetarium in Chicago, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
After several projects, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona. There I worked primarily for Nielsen Diversified, Inc., as a designer and a facility coordinator. In this role, I designed, produced, and even hand delivered entire lines of artificial trees and interior design accessories to the local market. Clients included Ladlow’s Furniture, Robb & Stucky’s, and Kathy Griffin during her first season of “My Life on the D-List”. On the side, I worked for various Phoenix businesses and startups partnering on multiple project requests.
In January of 2007, I moved to Portland, Oregon and joined iDL Worldwide and Crack. I was one of four industrial designers in their west coast office. I managed and designed for multiple projects at a time for a wide range of clients including Microsoft, Apple, Starbucks, Nike, BP and several other Fortune 500 companies
A little more than four years later, I legitimized Con Cor Design, an industrial design and consultancy group in Portland, Oregon. We engage in product and system design as well as digital solutions for small to medium sized businesses. Later in the year I built PolyPlane.com in just 56 days and launched it January of 2012.
My job title says industrial designer…but then…that’s just a title. I am a transhumanist with a lust for technology. I collect technology as artifact, metafact, and idea.
Enjoy the site and feel free to drop me a line at gabriel [at] gabrielmathews dot com