About Us

Helping brands create solutions for the future.

Design Central is a product design and engineering consultancy that brings power to organizations by identifying opportunities for compelling solutions through research, design, user experience and engineering.

Nimble. Driven.
Always learning.

We share an innate curiosity and a relentless desire to learn, innovate and deliver what’s next. By applying the full spectrum of innovation, we get answers to clients faster and easier and with better-targeted solutions. Our integrated methodology ensures that insights are gained at every step of the process, each building on the last. These insights emerge through visually stunning designs that converge with manufacturable execution.

Meet our team.

Austin Scott

Austin discovered industrial design at the age of 15 when he toured a product development firm. He already owned a specialty leather goods business and instantly knew that becoming a designer was his true calling. Encouraged by his parents, Austin followed his dream and is now a passionate, intuitive designer. He pushes boundaries to pursue innovation to help others find meaning in items otherwise considered mundane. He believes a first idea is never perfect, and collaboration always brings the best results. Austin lives a well-rounded life by making leather goods, perfecting his sketching abilities and woodworking, and stays active by golfing, snowboarding, lifting weights, and remodeling his new house. We can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Brian Semon

When everyone zigs, Brian zigs harder! There are plenty here who like to deconstruct everything from toasters to televisions; it’s that no one else started this pastime with a sledgehammer. Yes, many 10-year olds like to tinker but how many collect broken-down mowers on trash day and flip them for spending money? Brian is a bit of an anomaly around here: a black-or-white thinking country boy among a sea of gray urbanites. Lucky for us, this model maker wouldn’t have it any other way. Our resident “man’s man” has a softer side, as his love of anything mechanical and mathematical extends to music. If he’s not fishing, golfing, or playing guitar…he wishes he was.

Carley Giles

Carley has been making art since she could hold a pencil. Enter her fine arts education, love for math and science, and her career as an Industrial Designer is the perfect combination of creative and technical ability. Carley aspires to use her work to impact others positively and has focused on developing sustainable products as a result. Always working to improve her craft, Carley pushes to find new ways to think and solve problems and looks for ways to inspire creativity. Carley will take on any adventure outside of the design studio and (surprise!) loves to draw, paint, craft, read, and watch science videos on YouTube.

Chad Bigler

Chad is a lover of techie gear and often tackles IT issues with a single click. While he may not have all the answers, he sure knows how to ask the right questions (half the battle) and where to find the solutions (the other half). Find yourself tied down by an insurmountable problem while a deadline fast approaches? Chad to the rescue! Business suits are hardly the norm here. But give Chad a reason to look sharp, and he’ll go all out. In fact, word on the street is that he did a bit of modeling in his single days.

Dakil Heskan

With a fascination for new technology and a mechanical mind, Dakil always wanted to be an engineer. It makes sense, he comes from a family of engineers, and university classes cemented his career choice in mechanical engineering and product development. Dakil is obsessed with robotics and is a superior communicator, problem-solver, and team player, and is inspired that his work can improve the lives of others. He loves getting outdoors to play soccer, hike, and fish in his free time, and he also enjoys spending time playing games with his nieces and nephews. 

Delano Ellis

Deno has appreciated the power of good storytelling from a very young age, when he would watch MacGyver and Knight Rider on TV. Not only did this teach him the importance of a powerful story, but it also awakened in him a craving for adventure and new technologies. Today, Deno thrives in cross-functional environments, using his industrial design training to tell the stories of products he brings to life. Deno has worked with Abercrombie & Fitch, KidsII and is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Currently, Deno quenches his thirst for adventure by serving as a certified coach for Select Youth Soccer, and he loves a good pick-up scrimmage. That Master’s thesis he wrote on sustainable footwear probably comes in handy when shopping for cleats!

Francesca Rico

Frankie is her name and visual analysis is her game! A problem solver since she was little, Frankie found her calling during her first year of design school. She tells stories with her work by crafting memorable, effective user-based solutions. Frankie also has a passion for motion and kinetic design, and is excited to communicate in new, interactive ways. Perhaps that’s her love for futuristic science fiction showing through…? Frankie says some ideas are limited due to the static realm in which they are created. Maybe that’s why she’s so active; whether it’s cooking, dancing, organizing, or weightlifting, she’s always moving!

Ian Rawdon

Ian is a well-rounded engineer who nearly chose a career in cardiology. Luckily for us, he discovered biomedical engineering, which bridged his love of biology, interest in mechanisms, and respect for quality to find his calling. The answer seemed apparent – why perform surgeries when he was more interested in developing medical devices? When not working, Ian balances the specificity of work with fun activities to relax his mind and hone his craft. He plays fastpitch baseball, builds radio-controlled airplanes, and is up for any outdoor activity, even archery! Ian uses his interests to pave the way to rewarding connections with interesting people, such as volunteering to design and build working prosthetics for kids.

Jay Perkins

Jay‘s sweet spot lies at the intersection of beauty and mechanical function, emotion and critical thinking. This places him in the role of a visionary-realist here at Design Central. He helps envision the dreams and possibilities of new endeavors while keeping an eye toward making those dreams a reality … and boy, do our clients appreciate him for that! Need to get up to speed on the world of fishing, golf or, well … pretty much anything? Jay is the man! When it comes to engineering, manufacturing, or new technologies Jay knows what’s going on like nobody’s business. Good thing it is our business, Jay hits the ground running project after project.

Jeff DeBord

Jeff is a guy who knows how to get the job done. He is very focused on the importance of budgets and commitments, but still makes time to have fun with those around him. Though he’s not a particularly serious man by nature, Jeff is determined to keep projects on track. He provides a healthy dose of practicality to even our most pie-in- the-sky ideas, ensuring that we can develop targeted solutions on time and with a healthy respect for our clients’ pockets. Jeff loves to dive into his clients’ categories; want to talk shop about medical equipment or workflows? Give Jeff a call! How about dental stools or kitchen appliances? Jeff is your man!

Maria Basile

Maria thought she would be an engineer like the rest of her family, but her love for art led her to discover industrial design. Maria loves using creativity to understand people’s experiences, desires, and needs to solve design problems. Maria believes that you get what you give and volunteers with several organizations in Columbus to curb infant mortality and help at-risk communities. She finds this work and the resilience of others inspiring. Maria coaches competitive synchronized swimming in her free time and jokes that she is more coordinated in water than on land. Maria loves hiking and biking and hopes to visit all our national parks where she can practice another activity she loves, photography.

Mia Juratovac

With a degree in Creative Writing, Mia is never happier than when she is handed a stack of paper and a red pen and told to “have at it.” As the resident word nerd, she also enjoys wordsmithing with the project teams, and excels at finding puns relevant to any situation. When in the front office, Mia serves as your first point of contact to clients, as well as accounting support. Outside of work, Mia spends a lot of her free time reading, when she isn’t crafting flash fiction and ghost stories. Mia is a plant lover, and has a slowly expanding indoor garden in her room. It currently features over 20 different species of succulents!

Mike Kopczewski

Michael’s personal mantra expresses his lifelong passion and quest: to seek the good, the true and the beautiful in the world. He looks at life from a big-picture perspective with a healthy dose of humility. This allows him to act as a bridge, often finding a common resolution that leaves everyone feeling the glow. In addition to being a team member at Design Central, he serves as a Permanent Deacon for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus. If looking for Michael after business hours, try Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish or seeking adventure on his motorcycle and the open road. Although these may seem like diverse interests, the diversity brings new ways of encountering challenges in creative ways.

Nick Majeski

Nick tackles design problems with a human-centered approach and an interest in improving user’s lives.  He started designing as a high-schooler; instead of replacing his broken longboard, Nick designed and built a new one and, in the process, created a business, Khander Longboards. Nick fell in love with the experience of listening to client needs and developing products to fit their vision. He enjoyed the process so much he pursued a career in industrial design. Nick keeps energized with hobbies such as mountain biking, longboarding and surfing. He draws inspiration from everyday things. The environment, people and their experiences, and the impact design can have on everyday life surprises him daily and shows how design can elevate the mundane into something beautiful.

Pete Koloski

Both in his personal life and here at the office, Pete is all about family. He wholeheartedly believes that working collaboratively produces the best results and is a whole lot more fun than going it alone. In this industry where products are created for all sorts of demographics, Pete recognizes the genius in pulling together a diverse team whose members bring their unique life experiences into the mix. At his college orientation, Pete ended up in the wrong room. While he expected to hear about engineering, he walked away completely enamored with industrial design, a field he didn’t know existed until that day. Talk about a happy accident.

Rainer Teufel

Rainer is a man who lives life to the fullest. Why visit a new city if not to explore its nooks and crannies? Why have scenic landscaping if not to get your hands dirty and plant trees. And if you’re going to create products, then become a student of the world’s research subjects passing you daily in stores and malls. Rainer reaches out and grabs authentic experiences every day. Find one thing uncool about that! Rainer does like to collect things. If it is not rocks, he collects masks from all over the world. Aside from his love for art, he feels they give a unique snapshot into people and their culture.

Rich Peters

Rich grew up surrounded by engineers, so he believes it was inevitable that he chose engineering as his profession. He compares engineering to the challenge of orchestrating a box of parts to perform a given function and looks at his projects like puzzles to solve. Rich’s mechanical engineering, intellectual property, and patent experience have enabled him to develop products for the medical, consumer, and automotive industries. When he is not busy tending to client needs, Rich enjoys helping others; for example, he has volunteered for the Special Olympics powerlifting team.

Sharon Shai

Sharon is cut from marketing cloth! As one of seven siblings, she is naturally gregarious and plays well with just about anyone, and finds it easy to focus in on getting a particular result. She honed these gifts while working her way up to director of a national skincare brand and shows no signs of slowing, always looking for new ways to be effective. Growing up a bookworm on a working farm, Sharon learned early on the importance of budgeting time, a skill that has served her well. Her experience in managing large teams over multiple locations prepared her for the deadline-based, creative environment she found at Design Central. Sharon is a lover of live music. She has traveled over 2000 miles to see her favorite band perform, and even met her husband at a music festival!

Sherry Diamond

Sherry comes to us with financial accounting, government contracting, and human resources experience with a specialty in small business financial accounting. She views the Design Central team as her client and makes it her mission to make our jobs easier. Sherry's favorite thing to do when not wearing her HR and numbers hat is spending time with her husband, daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren. Traveling is another passion, and she recently spent time in Paris, Rome, and Venice. Sherry is a member of two Euchre clubs; it’s no wonder, with her love of numbers! It’s also no surprise that she became part of our team so quickly!

Tim Friar

When you meet Tim, don’t let his mild-mannered personality fool you. Beneath that calm exterior lies a hotbed of knowledge formed over decades of experience in product design and relationship management. Before his seven years as the Vice President of Product Development at Artromick, Tim spent 14 years at Design Central moving up in the ranks. Driven by his love of both innovation and collaboration, Tim made the climb look easy. His uncanny ability to see a project through seamlessly means he has a knack for identifying our clients’ goals, finding the ideal process and then guiding our team in bringing it all to life. Tim also has a passion for modern furniture and is the owner of Grid Furnishings in Worthington.

Victoria Southwick

Hailing from a small town nestled between lakes and green mountains in Vermont, Victoria was born to be a creator and designer. She brings a sunny disposition to the team and tells us if she can make someone’s day easier with design, she feels she has made a difference. Victoria has a keen interest in exploring new materials, trying new techniques, and finding inspiration in the outdoors, using these interests to push her work. Besides being an avid sailor, biker and skier, Victoria is continuously creating, from building sustainable totes on her knitting machine to baking granola bars for us at the office. Yum!

Meet our Team.

Austin Scott

Austin discovered industrial design at the age of 15 when he toured a product development firm. He already owned a specialty leather goods business and instantly knew that becoming a designer was his true calling. Encouraged by his parents, Austin followed his dream and is now a passionate, intuitive designer. He pushes boundaries to pursue innovation to help others find meaning in items otherwise considered mundane. He believes a first idea is never perfect, and collaboration always brings the best results. Austin lives a well-rounded life by making leather goods, perfecting his sketching abilities and woodworking, and stays active by golfing, snowboarding, lifting weights, and remodeling his new house. We can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Brian Semon

When everyone zigs, Brian zigs harder! There are plenty here who like to deconstruct everything from toasters to televisions; it’s that no one else started this pastime with a sledgehammer. Yes, many 10-year olds like to tinker but how many collect broken-down mowers on trash day and flip them for spending money? Brian is a bit of an anomaly around here: a black-or-white thinking country boy among a sea of gray urbanites. Lucky for us, this model maker wouldn’t have it any other way. Our resident “man’s man” has a softer side, as his love of anything mechanical and mathematical extends to music. If he’s not fishing, golfing, or playing guitar…he wishes he was.

Carley Giles

Carley has been making art since she could hold a pencil. Enter her fine arts education, love for math and science, and her career as an Industrial Designer is the perfect combination of creative and technical ability. Carley aspires to use her work to impact others positively and has focused on developing sustainable products as a result. Always working to improve her craft, Carley pushes to find new ways to think and solve problems and looks for ways to inspire creativity. Carley will take on any adventure outside of the design studio and (surprise!) loves to draw, paint, craft, read, and watch science videos on YouTube.

Chad Bigler

Chad is a lover of techie gear and often tackles IT issues with a single click. While he may not have all the answers, he sure knows how to ask the right questions (half the battle) and where to find the solutions (the other half). Find yourself tied down by an insurmountable problem while a deadline fast approaches? Chad to the rescue! Business suits are hardly the norm here. But give Chad a reason to look sharp, and he’ll go all out. In fact, word on the street is that he did a bit of modeling in his single days.

Dakil Heskan

With a fascination for new technology and a mechanical mind, Dakil always wanted to be an engineer. It makes sense, he comes from a family of engineers, and university classes cemented his career choice in mechanical engineering and product development. Dakil is obsessed with robotics and is a superior communicator, problem-solver, and team player, and is inspired that his work can improve the lives of others. He loves getting outdoors to play soccer, hike, and fish in his free time, and he also enjoys spending time playing games with his nieces and nephews. 

Delano Ellis

Deno has appreciated the power of good storytelling from a very young age, when he would watch MacGyver and Knight Rider on TV. Not only did this teach him the importance of a powerful story, but it also awakened in him a craving for adventure and new technologies. Today, Deno thrives in cross-functional environments, using his industrial design training to tell the stories of products he brings to life. Deno has worked with Abercrombie & Fitch, KidsII and is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Currently, Deno quenches his thirst for adventure by serving as a certified coach for Select Youth Soccer, and he loves a good pick-up scrimmage. That Master’s thesis he wrote on sustainable footwear probably comes in handy when shopping for cleats!

Francesca Rico

Frankie is her name and visual analysis is her game! A problem solver since she was little, Frankie found her calling during her first year of design school. She tells stories with her work by crafting memorable, effective user-based solutions. Frankie also has a passion for motion and kinetic design, and is excited to communicate in new, interactive ways. Perhaps that’s her love for futuristic science fiction showing through…? Frankie says some ideas are limited due to the static realm in which they are created. Maybe that’s why she’s so active; whether it’s cooking, dancing, organizing, or weightlifting, she’s always moving!

Ian Rawdon

Ian is a well-rounded engineer who nearly chose a career in cardiology. Luckily for us, he discovered biomedical engineering, which bridged his love of biology, interest in mechanisms, and respect for quality to find his calling. The answer seemed apparent – why perform surgeries when he was more interested in developing medical devices? When not working, Ian balances the specificity of work with fun activities to relax his mind and hone his craft. He plays fastpitch baseball, builds radio-controlled airplanes, and is up for any outdoor activity, even archery! Ian uses his interests to pave the way to rewarding connections with interesting people, such as volunteering to design and build working prosthetics for kids.

Jay Perkins

Jay‘s sweet spot lies at the intersection of beauty and mechanical function, emotion and critical thinking. This places him in the role of a visionary-realist here at Design Central. He helps envision the dreams and possibilities of new endeavors while keeping an eye toward making those dreams a reality … and boy, do our clients appreciate him for that! Need to get up to speed on the world of fishing, golf or, well … pretty much anything? Jay is the man! When it comes to engineering, manufacturing, or new technologies Jay knows what’s going on like nobody’s business. Good thing it is our business, Jay hits the ground running project after project.

Jeff DeBord

Jeff is a guy who knows how to get the job done. He is very focused on the importance of budgets and commitments, but still makes time to have fun with those around him. Though he’s not a particularly serious man by nature, Jeff is determined to keep projects on track. He provides a healthy dose of practicality to even our most pie-in- the-sky ideas, ensuring that we can develop targeted solutions on time and with a healthy respect for our clients’ pockets. Jeff loves to dive into his clients’ categories; want to talk shop about medical equipment or workflows? Give Jeff a call! How about dental stools or kitchen appliances? Jeff is your man!

Maria Basile

Maria thought she would be an engineer like the rest of her family, but her love for art led her to discover industrial design. Maria loves using creativity to understand people’s experiences, desires, and needs to solve design problems. Maria believes that you get what you give and volunteers with several organizations in Columbus to curb infant mortality and help at-risk communities. She finds this work and the resilience of others inspiring. Maria coaches competitive synchronized swimming in her free time and jokes that she is more coordinated in water than on land. Maria loves hiking and biking and hopes to visit all our national parks where she can practice another activity she loves, photography.

Mia Juratovac

With a degree in Creative Writing, Mia is never happier than when she is handed a stack of paper and a red pen and told to “have at it.” As the resident word nerd, she also enjoys wordsmithing with the project teams, and excels at finding puns relevant to any situation. When in the front office, Mia serves as your first point of contact to clients, as well as accounting support. Outside of work, Mia spends a lot of her free time reading, when she isn’t crafting flash fiction and ghost stories. Mia is a plant lover, and has a slowly expanding indoor garden in her room. It currently features over 20 different species of succulents!

Mike Kopczewski

Michael’s personal mantra expresses his lifelong passion and quest: to seek the good, the true and the beautiful in the world. He looks at life from a big-picture perspective with a healthy dose of humility. This allows him to act as a bridge, often finding a common resolution that leaves everyone feeling the glow. In addition to being a team member at Design Central, he serves as a Permanent Deacon for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus. If looking for Michael after business hours, try Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish or seeking adventure on his motorcycle and the open road. Although these may seem like diverse interests, the diversity brings new ways of encountering challenges in creative ways.

Nick Majeski

Nick tackles design problems with a human-centered approach and an interest in improving user’s lives.  He started designing as a high-schooler; instead of replacing his broken longboard, Nick designed and built a new one and, in the process, created a business, Khander Longboards. Nick fell in love with the experience of listening to client needs and developing products to fit their vision. He enjoyed the process so much he pursued a career in industrial design. Nick keeps energized with hobbies such as mountain biking, longboarding and surfing. He draws inspiration from everyday things. The environment, people and their experiences, and the impact design can have on everyday life surprises him daily and shows how design can elevate the mundane into something beautiful.

Pete Koloski

Both in his personal life and here at the office, Pete is all about family. He wholeheartedly believes that working collaboratively produces the best results and is a whole lot more fun than going it alone. In this industry where products are created for all sorts of demographics, Pete recognizes the genius in pulling together a diverse team whose members bring their unique life experiences into the mix. At his college orientation, Pete ended up in the wrong room. While he expected to hear about engineering, he walked away completely enamored with industrial design, a field he didn’t know existed until that day. Talk about a happy accident.

Rainer Teufel

Rainer is a man who lives life to the fullest. Why visit a new city if not to explore its nooks and crannies? Why have scenic landscaping if not to get your hands dirty and plant trees. And if you’re going to create products, then become a student of the world’s research subjects passing you daily in stores and malls. Rainer reaches out and grabs authentic experiences every day. Find one thing uncool about that! Rainer does like to collect things. If it is not rocks, he collects masks from all over the world. Aside from his love for art, he feels they give a unique snapshot into people and their culture.

Rich Peters

Rich grew up surrounded by engineers, so he believes it was inevitable that he chose engineering as his profession. He compares engineering to the challenge of orchestrating a box of parts to perform a given function and looks at his projects like puzzles to solve. Rich’s mechanical engineering, intellectual property, and patent experience have enabled him to develop products for the medical, consumer, and automotive industries. When he is not busy tending to client needs, Rich enjoys helping others; for example, he has volunteered for the Special Olympics powerlifting team.

Sharon Shai

Sharon is cut from marketing cloth! As one of seven siblings, she is naturally gregarious and plays well with just about anyone, and finds it easy to focus in on getting a particular result. She honed these gifts while working her way up to director of a national skincare brand and shows no signs of slowing, always looking for new ways to be effective. Growing up a bookworm on a working farm, Sharon learned early on the importance of budgeting time, a skill that has served her well. Her experience in managing large teams over multiple locations prepared her for the deadline-based, creative environment she found at Design Central. Sharon is a lover of live music. She has traveled over 2000 miles to see her favorite band perform, and even met her husband at a music festival!

Sherry Diamond

Sherry comes to us with financial accounting, government contracting, and human resources experience with a specialty in small business financial accounting. She views the Design Central team as her client and makes it her mission to make our jobs easier. Sherry's favorite thing to do when not wearing her HR and numbers hat is spending time with her husband, daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren. Traveling is another passion, and she recently spent time in Paris, Rome, and Venice. Sherry is a member of two Euchre clubs; it’s no wonder, with her love of numbers! It’s also no surprise that she became part of our team so quickly!

Tim Friar

When you meet Tim, don’t let his mild-mannered personality fool you. Beneath that calm exterior lies a hotbed of knowledge formed over decades of experience in product design and relationship management. Before his seven years as the Vice President of Product Development at Artromick, Tim spent 14 years at Design Central moving up in the ranks. Driven by his love of both innovation and collaboration, Tim made the climb look easy. His uncanny ability to see a project through seamlessly means he has a knack for identifying our clients’ goals, finding the ideal process and then guiding our team in bringing it all to life. Tim also has a passion for modern furniture and is the owner of Grid Furnishings in Worthington.

Victoria Southwick

Hailing from a small town nestled between lakes and green mountains in Vermont, Victoria was born to be a creator and designer. She brings a sunny disposition to the team and tells us if she can make someone’s day easier with design, she feels she has made a difference. Victoria has a keen interest in exploring new materials, trying new techniques, and finding inspiration in the outdoors, using these interests to push her work. Besides being an avid sailor, biker and skier, Victoria is continuously creating, from building sustainable totes on her knitting machine to baking granola bars for us at the office. Yum!

Our values shape our culture.

Our values shape our culture.

  • Empathy

    We seek the humanity in every project. It infuses every aspect of what we do.

    Empathy is essential for transformative work and enduring relationships. Because the happier and more motivated our combined teams are, the more brilliant the work we create together.

  • Curiosity

    We’re driven by a relentless desire to learn, push boundaries, and pursue what’s next.

    Our goal is to always exceed what our clients and their users thought was possible, while never losing sight of the practical necessities of delivering to market.

  • Collaboration

    Our solutions make the most of each team member’s unique strengths and contributions.

    We’re committed to the power of a shared effort to define challenges, reveal insights, explore possibilities, solve problems and deliver solutions.

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