DESIGN. TECHNOLOGY. LIFESTYLE.
We create brands, products, experiences and sometimes we wrap them all together to create new companies.
ALL MISSIONS POSSIBLE

Astro lives in San Francisco, on the fringe of Silicon Valley, where we embrace a design approach that blends lifestyle and technology into relevant, high-performance results.

Our approach has enabled us to help our clients and partners transform markets, define pop culture, and generate billions in new revenue.

We’ve also collaborated with founders to co-create new companies—and launched, funded, and fueled a few of our own along the way.

For over 20 years, our deeper, entrepreneurial approach has paid dividends beyond our wildest imagination and now informs us as we continuously design what’s next.

H
HOLISTIC
Astro defines, designs and deploys new brands, products and companies. Centered in design talent and surrounded by tech, tools, and experience, Astro approaches design as a holistic process that develops fully branded, retail ready products and experiences.
S
STRATEGY
Astro's strategy team collaborates with partners at a project's inception-asking questions, collecting info, and defining goals, allowing us to develop a strong point of view upon which to build.
B
BRAND
Astro's brand communications team blends design expertise, digital savviness, and market insights to create soulful identities and systems that create desire and cultural disruption around the world.
P
PRODUCT
Astro's product team combines industrial design, a keen sense of aesthetics, technological expertise, and real-world experience to create innovative products that function skillfully, exist beautifully, define markets, and inspire popular culture.
D
DIGITAL
Astro’s digital team deploys design skills and visualization tools to span the gulf between the digital and physical worlds – defining information and interaction through time and space.
HOLISTIC
STRATEGY
BRAND
PRODUCT
DIGITAL
ASTRO's 5D PROCESS
Astro's proven 5-stage design process is powered by our special blend of insights, tools and talent. Through design, we attempt to unify the dimensional relationships of time and space around the brands, products, and experiences we create.
DIALOG

We meet and discuss the goals, parameters and opportunities of the project to help craft the program and identify the best internal and network resources required for a successful outcome.

Activities may include meetings, brainstorming, conference calls, networking, and proposals.

DEFINE

As we begin the design work, Astro will create a strong point-of-view by immersing our team in relevant data from clients, competitors, market insights, and usage models to fuel the design process.

Activities may include research, demographics, audits, technology reviews, user profiles & user scenarios, engineering & manufacturing reviews.

DESIGN

Using the fuel from the Define phase, Astro will create a range of concepts that explore the design and innovation potential by using various communication and design tools over a number of collaborative review sessions.

Activities may include 2D & 3D storyboards, identity concepts, illustrations, CAD models, physical models & prototypes.

DEVELOP

Often overlapping with the Design phase, Astro will collaborate with implementation resources like engineering, manufacturing, printing, and coding, to guide and subsequently transfer the chosen direction into production.

Activities may include 2D/3D CAD development, color, materials & finishes specification files, packaging, out-of-box experiences, UI/UX refinement and interaction guidance.

DEPLOY

Astro will help advocate and realize the original vision of the program into full commercialization mode with chosen resources and partners.

Activities might include part, product or print reviews, manufacturer visits, sales, advertising or retail support.

WAYS TO ENGAGE
CONSULTING

Based upon an agreed scope of work, Astro will work strategically toward an inspiring solution. Every project is unique, but our process will be grounded in our Astro 5D Process to create the best results. Check out our work section for examples of what we've consistently delivered for our global clientele.

CO-CREATION

Astro loves co-creating with entrepreneurs across a wide spectrum of businesses. We've lived the company creation dream too, so we understand the drive to build something from scratch. We often work in alternative compensation paths to enable new ventures. Some of our top co-creations are: SOL Republic, Boxee TV, Nebula, Ooma, SenseLabs, and Zuli.

ORIGINATION

We love deploying our own big ideas. We've used our skills to define, design, and develop companies including Astro Gaming (sold to Skullcandy) and Minus-8 watches.

WE LOVE OUR CLIENTS
Here are just a few of them:
Our glorious, glorious team.
Sarah Blumenstein
Program Manager

Born and raised outside Philadelphia, Sarah has embodied the Keystone moniker of her home state. Sarah is key to all of Astro's programs and projects due to her meticulous attention to detail, general cheeriness and downright damn good ideas. After receiving her BA in International Relations from the University of Colorado, she headed west and landed in SF. Since then, Sarah has immersed herself in the design process, defining projects and managing programs for clients ranging from established brands to up-and-coming visionaries.

Kyle Swen
EVP & Partner

Kyle’s is the creative spark of Astro. Born in Minnesota-aka the gopher state-Kyle laid down paint and spun wrenches until design schools eventually led him out to California. After graduating with his Bachelors degree in Industrial Design from San Jose State University, he designed at Lunar and Tandem Computers (now HP) respectively. In addition to design partnering, creating and mentoring, Kyle enjoys time with his toys. If it has a motor and can propel you forward, Kyle can tune on it. Truly believing in the action side of action sports, Kyle gets his knees in the breeze as often as life will let him, either tearing up Infineon on his Ducati or snowboarding up in Tahoe.

Karson Shadley
Creative Director

It's said that those who can, do, and those who can't teach. Karson proves that those who excel meld the two into a meaningful life of design and mentorship. With over 10 years as a design consultant and concurrently 5 years as an adjunct professor at CCA, Karson is comfortable bringing his collaborative startup ideations to clients large and small, and to the design world and beyond. Fun fact: Karson can whoop you in Ping Pong. Straight up.

Shea Sjoberg
Designer

Born at home, Shea Sjoberg is that rarest of breed, the native Californian. Knowing he has a good thing going, Shea is staying close to home after earning his degree in Visual Communication from San Francisco State University. Shea projects his youthful glow into every project he collaborates on in the studio. Other than design, Shea loves surfing and taking photos of the design overload that keeps the heart of San Francisco beating.

Tom Galbraith
Studio Manager

Tom gets stuff done, isn’t afraid to wear a gorilla suit and heavily contributes to the Astro Blog, marketing materials, and any other content that may come across his desk. He has stepped foot in every state in this great nation of ours, even the ones he didn’t want to visit. Being a musician since birth, Tom turns his Astro duties into rock songs….like “Moving Chairs” or “Ordering Pop Tarts from Costco.” And although the critics love him, he’s been widely ignored by most music listeners.

Jess Lambert
Program Manager

Jess built her strong character, sense of humor and empathy during graveyard shifts at a bingo parlor outside Denver CO. Believing she hadn’t quite found her niche, Jess pursued higher education at the Savannah College of Art & Design. After receiving her degree, Jess spent her artistic energy hustling galleries in NYC, but alas, made the leap from fine art to commercial arts. Her arts background naturally led her to collaborate with design, advertising and branding agencies in NY. A quick stroll across the country found her furthering this agency based career. Quickly succumbing to her new found Mexican food habit, Jess found that she also loves the Bay Area for urban diversity, proximity to nature, backyard access and a kickass job at Astro.

Brett Newman
Lead Designer

Brett received his BA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and spent a few years working at a small product consultancy before making his way to San Francisco. After six winters on the East Coast he's enjoying the California weather, exploring the city his forebears called home, and hunting for the perfect burrito. Making furniture, camping his way throughout the west, and returning to the soccer field keeps him busy outside of the studio. He's a hands-on designer and is loving the diversity of disciplines he gets to tackle at Astro.

Brett Lovelady
Founder & CEO

Brett is a designer, communicator and angst-ridden creative capitalist. After receiving his BFA in Design at BYU, he escaped to Silicon Valley to design the future. After his successful run as Vice President of Design at Lunar and Frog respectively, he sought absolute power (aka responsibility) and unbridled creative license. This led him to the founding of Astro Studios in 1994, and it’s been a giant fun-filled waterslide of bringing innovative products to market, turning venturous sparks into fireballs, and becoming a global design voice. \nBrett’s favorite pastime is family time with a dash of sports and music to take the edge off. And if he gets the chance, a lap in his classic Mustang ragtop recharges him to pursue the next big thing.

Carolyn Galbraith
Finance Director

Carolyn’s first job was peddling candy and nuts for the House Of Almonds in San Rafael, and her life has been pretty much uphill since then. After receiving her BA in Theater from UC Santa Cruz, she has quarterbacked the financial role for many diverse companies for over 20 years. Since her arrival at Astro Carolyn has continued in her role of financial steward, as well as quite literally put the human back in Human Resources. Although she still enjoys a good nut medley, she kicks out the cashews…too salty.

Sami Lovelady
Designer

California-born and raised, Sami Lovelady received her BFA in Photography and Graphic Design at Utah Valley University. Sami’s keen eye behind the lens and photo-chopping skills come in handy in many of our projects and around Astro. Sami also received a super-killer reference from some guy with the same last name…weird, right? Due to Sami’s love of running, you must always be at a trotting pace to work with her so lace them up tight and try to keep up.

Sean Missal
Lead Designer

Sean comes to us from Western Washington University where he earned his Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design. Born in the 90s, Sean is truly a child of the tech age. Sean interned at Astro before we snatched him up full-time and we’re quite proud of how the young man has turned out. Although relatively new to the commercial design game, Sean is laying down heavy design and knowledge for some of our top clients. Before designing, Sean was a pro-gamer with lighting thumbs and smoldering retinas. We turned that couch loving energy into a take no prisoners design machine. As long as we translate the design briefs into first person shooter scenarios, Sean excels every time.

Kristy Green
Business Director

Kristy hails from the University of Illinois where she studied Nutrition, but a few rounds at the hospital quickly squashed the Florence Nightingale right out of her. Knowing she needed to be part of a creative scene, she switched gears into Advertising and cut her teeth at agencies in Chicago, NYC and San Francisco. Most recently, she lent her knowledge and calm to Goodby Silverstein & Partners before beaming on to the Astro Mothership where she currently resides. In her spare time, Kristy likes to practice yoga and teach her Chihuahua Rufus to play guitar. She says he’s doing well, although he needs to learn a few more songs...Magaritaville just isn’t cutting it.

Zahra Ilyas
Designer

Born and raised in Karachi, Zahra grew up basking in the lazy beach-hut life of crabbing, fishing, and endless summer-days, while immersing herself in the joys fine art. As dreamy as this was, she needed to break out and so, she slowly traded her pencils and pens for a mouse and Photoshop. Zahra soon headed West, arriving at Astro by way of the Academy of Art University in SF. Her relaxed yet studied style is a great addition to our graphics team and her love of baking and curing meats is a fantastic addition to Astro’s collective inner-foodie.

Joy Young
Senior Designer

Joy was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and earned her Bachelor of Design from the College of Creative Arts in Wellington, New Zealand. Joy then started her career as a globetrotting industrial designer, professionally designing in Taipei, Sydney, Dublin, and Portland before setting down at ASTRO where she still calls pickles “gherkins”. Joy’s love of hands-on modeling compliments her passion for turning complex ideas into simple organic stories. When Joy isn’t at Astro, you can find her smiling face watching sci-fi movies and eating meat pies.

Andrew Casden
Insight & Strategy Director

Andrew hails from a far-away land known as Connecticut, and brings a bit of the brash New Englander with him wherever he roams. Since moving to San Francisco, Andrew has carved out a niche at the crossroads of research, design and storytelling, having spent the better part of his career as an ethnographer, strategist, and documentary producer. In doing so he hopes to be an advocate for the user, and inspire designers and marketers to better create meaningful experiences for them. When he’s not making the world a better place you can probably find him rocking out at a music festival, or in some far-flung place around the world eating questionable street food.

Elyse Yurman
Studio Administrator

Elyse found us by way of Brigham Young University where she earned her degree in Recreational Therapy and Visual Arts. Early in life, Elyse put her positive stamp on society by laying down the law for the kids of the Jr. Jazz basketball program. Although she loved the swift justice of technical fouls and ejecting toddlers from the game, she ultimately sought to guide rather than punish. Over the next few years Elyse plied her trade tirelessly in the US and Peru, providing therapy to adults with psych disorders and kids in need. This level of patience and guidance developed in the field should come in handy keeping the Astro ranks in order.

Norio Fujikawa
Creative Director

After working his way through design school as a fish monger, Norio put down his fileting knife and studied at the Institute of Design in Chicago. Directing numerous successful projects, Norio has earned his scars and stripes as a big picture thinker and solver. He’s a perpetual artist who just can’t turn it off. Norio’s meeting notes have a tendency to end up on gallery walls and store shelves alike. Some say Norio is an art-robot from the future; others say he’s just Norio.

Robin Marich
Lead Designer

Robin Marich has a blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do, so we’ve allotted ample room at Robin’s workstation for roundhouse kicks and knee strikes. If you can avoid getting your ass kicked you’ll find the softer side of Robin; an accomplished graphic designer who earned her degree at The Academy of Art, SF and has worked in both SF and NY. Here at Astro Robin excels in the collaborations between our multiple design disciplines, and has an enormous amount of love for dumplings.

Scott Pancioli
Designer

Scott was born in Commerce Township in Michigan where he earned his BFA in industrial design from CCS in Michigan. His love of illustration was introduced to him early on by the soothing instructional painting videos of Bob Ross. Bob’s mantra, “talent is just pursued interest” must have seeped in, because Scott continued to explore his passion for drawing and furniture making. Along with the nailing a job in SF, Scott also came for the challenge of skating the steep hills, and to lurk in the back of coffee shops to draw people when they aren’t looking.

Travis Wettroth
Designer

University of Cincinnati Bearcat Travis Wettroth earned his BFA in Industrial Design. Travis is one of those designers that has a hard time turning it off, so his downtime isn’t much different than his worktime. When left alone he enjoys improving on his figure drawing and 3D animation. The California DMV is really what drew Travis to settle in the Golden State. Travis loves the departments’s efficiency, and the care given to each motorist. Always learning and honing his skills, Travis’ bag of tricks is growing to Santa Claus proportions.

Chris Fairchild
Lead Designer

Chris is a graphic designer wrapped in a Renaissance man’s body. He plays guitar, bass, has two extra bones in his right foot and can sell life insurance. After receiving his degree in Advertising/Communications from the University of Georgia, Chris went to the Creative Circus in Atlanta. His love of exorbitant rents make him a perfect fit for SF, and his neurotic attention to detail, and hungry appetite to make/produce cool work make him a perfect fit for Astro.

Andy Uhm
Senior Designer

Andy was born in Seoul, South Korea. After just one day of waiting tables at Ribs-R-Us Andy knew schlepping baby backs wasn’t for him, and luckily Ribs-R-Us needed their apron back. Andy took to earning his B.S. in Transportation design from the Art Center in Pasadena, but he wasn’t feeling the car vibe so he started designing products for a handful of startups, as well as some bigger fish. Andy’s creative and curious nature requires a diverse range of projects, so he searched, found, and landed at Astro in SF. Here the design is varied, the surf is cold but doable, and people generally agree that the ribs at Ribs-R-Us are fairly lackluster.

Alejandro Chavetta
Creative Director

After Alejandro Chavetta earned his degree in Visual Communications and Graphic design from San Francisco State University, he spent many years in the artistic trenches of publishing. Alejandro brings this experience to Astro to fortify our brand communications team and articulate our client’s stories. He thrives in lacing together our disparate fortes, tying product into brand and UIUX back to product. Alejandro is also an accomplished collage artist whose pieces end up on album covers, gallery walls, and in client decks.

Katie Seybold
Marketing Coordinator

Born and raised in Stockton, CA, Katie comes to us by way of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she earned her BA in Communication Studies. Self-expression teems inside Katie and emits a shower of colors at Astro and her personal life. Katie is a self-proclaimed arts-and crafts junkie, embroiderer, seamstress and contributor to a women’s health and issues zine. Katie used to be a full-time dog walker, traipsing the SF Hills with a pack of hounds, but now is content walking two rescue dogs of her own, Kona and Hazel. If you need to find Katie on a Sunday, you’ll have to wait in line at the farmer’s market where she sells almonds, walnuts, and pistachios she harvested from her boyfriend’s farm.

Francois Dransart
Senior Designer

While sitting beneath a tree between lectures at France’s Institut Supérieur de Design, Francois was struck on his head by an apple. While rubbing his head, he knew fighting gravity was his true calling and that Astro would be a perfect fit for him, his master’s degree, and his snowboard. If you can pry Francois away from his designing tools you’ll find him hiking, biking or shredding large hills in San Francisco or the nearby Sierras.

Jim Goodell
COO & Partner

With over twenty years of executive branding and design agency experience, Jim keeps a full-nelson on all things strategic at Astro. Hailing from the East Coast, Jim graduated from Purchase College, School of Art and Design. After receiving his MFA in Design and Photography from the University of Illinois, Jim landed in San Francisco, where he served for 15 years as the Managing Partner of Primo Angeli Inc. He soon stepped up to CEO of Primo Angeli: Fitch, where he was responsible throughout their global network for Packaging and Brand Communications. Away from the studio, you may find him searching for the perfect jetstream for his kites, or perfecting his photography. But don’t let the kite flying fool you, he can still flatten most wrestlers, even when he is wrestling above his weight class: welterweight.

Oliver Henderson
Senior Designer

Born and raised in sunny Portland OR, Oliver Henderson comes to us from RISD, where he earned his BFA in Industrial Design. After receiving his degree, Oliver high tailed it back west to Santa Cruz, where the climate suited his clothes and the people matched his vibe, and the start of a successful design career. When you can’t find Oliver in the studio, he is most likely in a shop making furniture. Still looking for him? You’re a stalker, but he’s probably on a bike, hanging from a rock or knee deep in a river fly-fishing.

Astronaut
Mascot

We found Astro on ebay, where he had penned a beautiful pitch requesting aid in his escape from a dank closet in the middle of Wisconsin. He had been hanging in the darkness for over five years and that got depressing for this astral traveler. After making his way via FedEx to the west coast, Astro instantly warmed up. He now floats above the lobby at Astro Studios, where he greets tourists and aliens alike.

Awards & Recognitions

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2017

Link AKC
CES Innovation Award

Link AKC Branding
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist

Link AKC Product
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist

Link AKC Product
Innovation by Design Award
Fast Company Magazine
Finalist - Product

Shinola Collection - Design Strategy
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist

Shinola Power Collection
Core77 Design Awards
Notable, Consumer Product

Shinola Runwell Turntable
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Bronze

Shinola Runwell Turntable
Innovation by Design Award
Fast Company Magazine
Honoree - Product

Verifone Carbon
iF Design Awards

Verifone Carbon
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist

Shinola Power Collection
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Bronze

2016

3D Robotics Solo
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Silver Award

Owlet Smartsock
Core77 Design Awards
Social Impact Award

2015

Electric EG3 Goggles
INC. Design Awards
Category: Recreation

Electric EG3 Goggles
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Sports, Leisure, Recreation

Electric Watches
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Personal Accessories

SenseLabs: Versus
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Personal Accessories

Zuli Smartplug
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Home & Bath

2014

The Art of Shaving
Good Design Awards

Equil Brand
HOW International Design Awards
Merit: Identity

Equil Brand
Good Design Awards

Logitech Conferencecam cc3000s
Good Design Awards

Mineralist Brand
HOW International Design Awards
Merit: Identity

Mineralist Brand
Good Design Awards

MINUS-8
Good Design Awards

MINUS-8
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Bronze in Personal Accessories

2012

Nike + Fuelband
Innovation by Design Awards
Business Impact: Consumer Products
Fast Company Magazine

Nike + Fuelband
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Gold in Leisure & Recreation

Nixon Block Speakers
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Entertainment

NVIDIA 3D Vision II
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Entertainment

SOL Republic Tracks
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Entertinment

SimpleTV
CNET Best of CES Award
Category: Home Theater

2011

Astro Gaming A30 Headset
The Shaggies
Bronze in Design for Information & Communication

Kitchenscape
The Shaggies
Honorable Mention: Experiments, Concepts & Zombies

Kodak Slice Identity
AIGA 365: Design Effectiveness
Category: Brand Identity

Microsoft Kin One
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Bronze in Communication Tools

Looxcie
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Bronze in Entertainment

Astro Gaming A*Star In-Ear Headphones
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Entertainment

The Boxee Box
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Entertainment

Astro Gaming A30 Headset
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Entertainment

The Boxee Box
Red Dot International Awards
Product: Entertainment, Technology, Cameras

Astro Gaming A30 Headset
CES Innovations 2011 Awards Honoree
Category: Headphones

Astro Gaming A*Star In-Ear Headphones
CES Innovations 2011 Awards Honoree
Category: Headphones

Astro Gaming Mixamp 5.8
CES Innovations 2011 Awards Honoree
Category: Electronic Gaming Hardware

Onlive Microconsole TV Adaptor
CES Innovations 2011 Awards Honoree
Category: Electronic Gaming Hardware

2010

Microsoft Zune HD
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Bronze in Entertainment

Astro Gaming Scout Backpack
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Personal Accessories

Ooma Telo
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Communication Tools

Astro Gaming A30 Audio System
Good Design Awards
Category: Electronics

Microsoft Zune HD
Good Design Awards
Category: Electronics

Boxee Box
Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
CNN Tech "Last Gadget Standing"

Boxee Box
CES Innovations 2010 Award
Best of Innovations Honoree
Category: Home Theater Accessories

2009

HP Firebird Desktop Computer
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Silver in Computer Products

Astro Gaming A40 Audio System
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Silver in Entertainment

Astro Gaming Transport Series
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Bronze in Personal Accessories

Astro Gaming A40 Audio System
I.D. Magazine's 2009 Annual Design Review
Honorable Mention Award

HP Firebird Desktop Computer
Good Design Awards
Category: Electronics

HP Firebird Desktop Computer
Best of CES 2009 Nominee
Category: Computers

Astro Gaming A40 Audio System
CES Innovations 2009 Awards Honoree
Category: Headphones

Ooma Telo
CES Innovations 2009 Awards Honoree
Category: Telephones

2008

HP Blackbird 002 Desktop Computer
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Silver in Computer Products

Intel Panorama for Moorestown
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Finalist in Design Strategy

HP Blackbird 002 Desktop Computer
Good Design Awards
Category: Electronics

Astro Gaming A40 Packaging
365: AIGA Design Competitions 29

Astro Gaming A40 Packaging
Pentawards Packaging Design Competition
Bronze in Entertainment

2007

Pursuit Golf TC420 Driver
I.D. Magazine's 2007 Annual Design Review
Honorable Mention Award

2006

Microsoft Xbox 360
I.D. Magazine's 2006 Annual Design Review
Design Distinction Award

2005

Alienware ALX Desktop Computer
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Silver in Computer Products

HP Instant & Home Cinema Digital Projectors
CES Innovations 2005 Awards Honoree
Category: Home Theater

Cranium Balloon Lagoon
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Platinum Award Winners
Toys: Early School Years

Virgin Boomtube Speakers
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Bronze in Consumer Products

Microsoft Xbox 360
Popular Science's Best of What's New
Grand Award Winner in Home Entertainment

Virgin Boomtube Speakers
PC World's DW Innovations Awards
Innovation Award Honoree

2004

Nike Slingshot Golf Irons
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Bronze in Consumer Products

2003

AirRide Bike Seat
I.D. Magazine's 2003 Annual Design Review
Honorable Mention Award

Alienware Area51 Desktop Computer
I.D. Magazine's 2003 Annual Design Review
Honorable Mention Award

Nike Triax 250 Watch
IDSA/Business Week Magazine
2003 Catalyst Award Winner

2002

S-Hooks Skateboard Hanger
I.D. Magainze's 2002 Annual Design Review
Honorable Mention Award

2001

Compaq Ipaq PDA
I.D. Magazine's 2001 Annual Design Review
Design Distinction Award

Compaq Ipaq PDA
Good Design Awards
Category: Electronics

Nike Triax 300 Watch
Good Design Awards
Category: Sports

Compaq Rack and Tower Server Line
Industry Forum Design Hannover
Product Design Award

Nike Triax 300 Watch
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Silver Award in Consumer Products

1999

Kensington Smartsockets
The Designs of the Decade: Best in Business
Bronze Award in 1990-1999 Awards Competition

Nike Triax 250 Watch
The Designs of the Decade: Best in Business
Gold Award in 1990-1999 Awards Competition

Nike Triax 250 Watch
Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Gold Award in Consumer Products

1998

Nike Triax 250 Watch
I.D. Magazine's 1998 Annual Design Review
Best of Category Award

OPPORTUNITIES GALORE
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Lead Industrial Designer

Astro is currently looking for a LEAD PRODUCT DESIGNER.

Lead Designers at Astro set the creative pace on multiple programs and at times, lead other designers and outside collaborators. All designers must be able to present strong points of view via killer visual & verbal skills to Astro teams and clients alike. In addition to collaborating on design, designers must have the ability to hit schedule & budget goals and support other design teams as needed.

Specific Skills

  • 5+ years of experience and a degree in Design
  • A strong, original portfolio of diverse creative work
  • A self-managing, motivated and entrepreneurial nature
  • Ability to work collaboratively and lead development teams
  • Ability to inspire others & take direction from Creative Directors
  • Understanding of global trends, technology and fashion
  • Strong, unique, communication and visualization skills
  • Strong story telling skills and techniques
  • Inspiring 2D skills via sketching, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.
  • Advanced 3D Visualization skills via Alias, Rhino, ProE, etc.
  • Ability to deliver design data to engineering, manufacturing, etc.
  • Knowledge of prototyping and manufacturing processes
  • The ability to inspire & challenge the design world daily
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or Visual Communications is required

NOTE: Candidates who are not US citizens or permanent residents need to have authorization to work in the US.

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Lead Graphic Designer

Astro is currently looking for a LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER.

Lead Designers at Astro set the creative pace on multiple programs and at times, lead other designers and outside collaborators. All designers must be able to present strong points of view via killer visual & verbal skills to Astro teams and clients alike. In addition to collaborating on design, designers must have the ability to hit schedule & budget goals and support other design teams as needed.

Specific Skills

  • 5+ years of experience and a degree in Design
  • A strong, original portfolio of diverse creative work
  • A self-managing, motivated and entrepreneurial nature
  • Ability to work collaboratively, lead development teams, and inspire/mentor others
  • Ability to take direction from Creative Directors; accept constructive feedback and act on it
  • Understanding of global trends, technology and fashion
  • Strong, unique communication and visualization skills
  • Strong understanding of visual communication principles such as shape, color, composition, etc.
  • Ability to utilize typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to achieve final result.
  • Preferably possess drawing/illustration skills
  • Computer proficiency on a PC or Mac and an expert understanding of graphic applications such as Illustrator, InDesign, PhotoShop and good understanding of Flash, HTML and 3D modeling
  • Knowledge of prepress and printing processes
  • The ability to inspire & challenge the design world daily
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or Visual Communications is required

NOTE: Candidates who are not US citizens or permanent residents need to have authorization to work in the US.

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Graphic Designer

A Graphic Designer participates and contributes as a creative team member. He/she should be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of design and the process required to achieve it. Basically, you will be expected to have the ability to generate fresh, creative solutions and communicate them effectively.

The key expectation here is to quickly learn to contribute with impact on projects. Graphic Designers at this level should be good and comfortable with their design tools, and continue to learn new ones. A Graphic Designer should also learn to effectively communicate with clients and staff as directed by the Creative Director & Lead Graphic Designers. You will work on a variety of programs, and this is really a time to learn and grow from the more experienced designers around you, and to gain a basic understanding of the business side of design consulting. It’s also a great opportunity to build your portfolio with real work ;-).

Finally, ASTRO is a distinct brand within the global marketplace. Our clients come to us for our strong, unique point of view, and hard-hitting approach. So push the envelope, because that’s what our clients ultimately respect us for the most.

ASTRO Graphic Designers must:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or Visual Communications is required
  • Understand current global trends, technology and fashion
  • Demonstrate insightful, fresh conceptual thinking
  • Project a professional image and self-confidence
  • Exhibit enthusiasm for work and motivation to learn and build skills
  • Have ability to work collaboratively. Partner with co-workers and be receptive to ideas of others. Seek out team members to solicit feedback, solutions and be prepared to pro-actively contribute the same
  • Take direction from Creative Directors and/or Lead Graphic Designers (ability to accept direction and constructive feedback)
  • Deliver effective written and oral communication
  • Have strong understanding of visual communication principles such as shape, color, composition etc.
  • Have ability to utilize typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to achieve final result. Preferably also possess drawing/illustration skills
  • Have computer proficiency on a PC or Mac and have an expert understanding of graphic applications such as Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign and basic understanding of Flash, HTML and 3D modeling
  • Preferably have basic knowledge of prepress and printing processes (ability to prepare and deliver artwork ready for printing and have the ability to attend press checks)
  • Drive the social media (Facebook/Instagram) content calendar w/Marketing Coordinator; serve as a point person for aggregating and preparing social media posting for approval of Marketing team and complete postings to social media feeds.
  • Work with Graphics CD to produce, shoot and edit product / studio photography; lead studio documentation capture (work sessions, product shots, studio culture, etc).
  • Prioritize work and manage time effectively; meet deadlines and demonstrate reliability
  • Maintain 80% billable hours
  • Be obsessed with details
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Internships

Industrial Design Internship

We offer hourly paid year-round seasonal 3-month internship opportunities to those students in their 3rd or 4th year of accredited industrial design programs. The start and end dates are flexible depending on your program requirements. Be sure to submit your most recently updated portfolio when applying.

Application windows:

  • Winter (within JAN-MAR): apply only between 9/15-10/15 of each year
  • Spring (within APR-JUN): apply only between 01/15-02/15 of each year
  • Summer (within MAY-SEP): apply only between 02/15-03/15 of each year
  • Fall (within SEP-DEC): apply only between 05/15-06/15 of each year

Applications submitted outside of their respective windows or from applicants in their 1st or 2nd years of study will not be viewed or responded to.

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