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.

Adam Ruggles

As the middle child in a rowdy family of four boys, it’s little wonder that Adam is most comfortable when working with high-intensity teams. Should debates get noisy, Adam falls right back into his comfort zone – that of the peacemaker. Beyond just being used to the chaos, Adam draws on his years of experience as a yoga practitioner to help keep things balanced. If you could write the perfect backstory for an industrial designer, it might go something like this: art teacher mom, woodworker/kitchen-designer dad, and three aforementioned brothers living in (wait for it) A GEODESIC DOME! Honestly, was there ever any question?

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.

Calin Solomon

Calin is a master problem solver both in the studio and at home. He loves any challenge for his critical thinking (engineering) skills to unravel and is always visualizing (outlining, drafting, scoping out) what he can improve upon next—another customized model kit creation, gizmos for various needs, or even the hovercraft he made, capable of carrying a regular sized adult! Having grown up on three continents and speaking three languages, it’s not a surprise that he’s used to thinking outside the box; combined with his impressive hand skills, no design is too intimidatingly complex for Calin to bring to life. It may not surprise you that someone who grew up abroad loves to travel. Just in the last year Calin has explored the North England coast, visited the Caribbean, and road tripped through Europe!

Caterina Rizzoni

Cat is, at heart, a dreamer and an idealist. She believes fundamentally in empathetic, human-centered design, and her education in CoDesign and generative design research gave her the tools to apply these ideals to the products she brings to life. She believes she has a responsibility to create morally just designs, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have fun doing it! When she’s not pondering the nature of the universe and design, you can find Caterina tending to the 30+ houseplants in the greenhouse formerly known as her apartment. Like pasta? Cat loves whipping up delicious Italian-American dishes inspired by her childhood, spent part-time in Ohio and part-time in Italy. She can even make pasta from scratch!

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.

Chris Brown

With years of experience in design research, leadership, operations, and marketing, Chris came uniquely equipped with the perfect set of tools to tackle any challenge. Contract negotiations are a given; mapping product strategy, one of his passions. As for volunteer and leadership experience, after only five years of becoming an active member, he was elected as a national Board member and District Vice President of IDSA. In his spare time, Chris is heavily involved in local entrepreneur events and leadership skills, culture, keeping an eye on the comedy world, and being a dad. Thank goodness he is a coffee connoisseur—otherwise who knows how he would keep up!

Cori Rowley

Cori is, at heart, a problem solver. Adept with colors and handwork, she uses her well-honed industrial design skills to work through tough challenges, no matter the project. As an attentive and willing apprentice in her dad’s garage, she learned her way around some serious tools at a very young age. Not content to stop when the work day is done, she now continues her passion for creating and remaking things with her hands in a workshop she shares with her husband. These two are quite a pair, having taught themselves to make custom furniture, restore vintage tools (such as antique axes, hatchets, and tomahawks), as well as handcrafted leather goods.

Diana Juratovac

Diana revels in a sense of accomplishment, both at the end of the work day and after completing one of her fused glass art pieces at home. With more than 30 years of design experience she’s learned to draw inspiration from many different areas of life, and finds that she can draw an idea from a shape that caught her eye and apply it to a soft goods pattern, a product’s form or a new glasswork design. Diana is known for her unique sense of style, garnering compliments left and right on her cool ensembles. Her secret? She’s mad about color and texture and has a keen eye for spotting the next trend.

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!

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!

Jessica Ciroli

With 16 years of accounting experience and a serious go-getter attitude, Jessica came into Design Central hungry to learn and ready to crunch some numbers. She strives to give 110% in everything she does, whether it’s reconciling billing folders, getting a few miles’ run in before work, or gearing up for her daughter’s next big dance competition. Jessica loves accounting and its checks and balances; with no gray areas, there is always a solution to be found.

Louise Nunley

When Louise joined the Design Central team we knew she felt great satisfaction in all aspects of accounting; little did we know how high in the ranks her expertise would take her. Louise is the leader of our Finance Team and thrives on checks and balances. As a team player, she doesn’t ask others to complete a task that she wouldn’t complete herself and gets her hands dirty every chance she can.  Speaking of dirty hands, Louise is an avid gardener and supplies the office with fresh vegetables for team cookouts and family meals all summer long.

Megan Rodewald

With a love for solving any problem she can find and a knack for working in teams, Megan has always had the makings of an engineer. Although she claims 3D modeling is her favorite part of the mechanical engineering process, there isn’t an element of her work she doesn’t find interesting—given the opportunity, she will always jump head first into any challenge. This can-do attitude likely stemmed from her determination in Irish dance, which Megan began at age 7. Since then, Megan has competed in the World Irish Dancing Championships twice, and she recently joined a group called the Columbus Celtic Dancers!

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!

Michael Rencheck

Michael has had a lifelong interest in engineering and how things work, but it wasn’t until halfway through college that he learned about the design process and his passion for it. Two projects focused on creating new medical devices inspired him to aim for a career creating products that would improve people’s lives alongside a team of creative, like-minded individuals. But that doesn’t mean he’s always stuck in the Studio—Michael is also a black belt in Taekwondo, a self-taught guitar, banjo and violin player, and travels to enjoy the winter weather on his snowboard. When Michael was in Norway for three months, he took a few weekends and toured the country, even traveling to Svalbard to drive dogsleds and spelunk in ice caves!

Mike Cavins

With over 20 years of experience in the engineering field, it’s no surprise that Mike has worked on everything from lawn and garden care tools to baby care products, and has overseen manufacturing and production teams from Mexico to China. A natural problem-solver, Mike really enjoys developing products that will be used by everyday people; he says there’s just something amazing about designing a product that you know most people will love. After hours, Mike is never without something to do: he does charity work, raising awareness for pediatric cancer, and enjoys expanding the depths of his movie trivia knowledge.

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 the 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.

Monica Tournoux

Monica, our resident cheer champion, is as passionate about the entire design process as she is about helping people solve real-life problems. Her years-long compulsion to draw what she sees around her began when she was 8 years old and is evident in the stacks of sketchbooks stashed at the office, in her bedroom, in her car...where doesn’t she have them stashed? When not sketching another cutting-edge solution Monica takes to her longboard to explore her city.

Oscar Garcia

With several successful projects already under his belt by the time he joined our team, Oscar was raring to go, and jumped in headfirst. A multi-sport athlete and artist of several mediums in his spare time, he applies similar philosophies to both his home and work lives: you must always be hungry to learn. Although he does have his favorite parts of the job, such as sketching and 3-D modeling, Oscar strives to be well rounded. Like many of us, Oscar loves to travel… but only he has set the goal to visit every country once in his lifetime!

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.

Romina Barrera

You might take a cup of coffee in the morning, Romina takes a cup of laughter, or two, or three. She grew up living around the world, making her way through Mexico and different parts of Europe. This shaped an exciting childhood, which turned her natural curiosity into a passion for discovery and exploration. For Romina, design is an interdisciplinary learning process of mixing and matching odd pieces of knowledge to achieve anything and everything – to do what? To save the world, of course, or at the very least make someone’s life better. Prototyping by day, sculpting by night—Romina loves working with her hands, especially if it involves clay and glazes. It’s no wonder she’s a fixture at many of the ceramics classes around Columbus!

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!

Slade Simpson

Slade is a man of many talents. A firm believer that innovation is easier when you know a little about a lot, rather than the other way around, he is a mechanical engineer with an eye for both function and aesthetic. This, alongside his passion for learning, drove him to co-develop a new additive manufacturing technology and form a 3D printing company, called Sculptify. For Slade, his work is all about impact: whether it’s a client, user, or coworker, to positively affect someone’s life is a powerful thing. Slade has rocked many hats during his career: he’s dabbled in research, development, marketing, prototyping, global sourcing, communications, and business development. Basically, he’s like a Swiss Army Knife for product development.

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.

Todd Linthicum

Todd may seem quiet when you first meet him, but in his head, the gears are always turning. During his younger years, when he wasn’t busy with athletics, he could be found fixing computers and hosting LAN parties. After completing undergrad, and while still in graduate school, Todd co-founded Sculptify, a new generation of 3D printing technology. Enjoying the entrepreneurial, research, and mechanical sides of engineering let Todd tackle projects from every angle right from the get-go. Like many here, Todd loves nature, though his idea of outdoor fun is pretty intense. A few years ago, he and his family ventured into the Canadian wilderness to canoe and camp along a remote river for a week, then hitched a ride back into town on a train. Talk about adventurous!

Meet our Team.

Adam Ruggles

As the middle child in a rowdy family of four boys, it’s little wonder that Adam is most comfortable when working with high-intensity teams. Should debates get noisy, Adam falls right back into his comfort zone – that of the peacemaker. Beyond just being used to the chaos, Adam draws on his years of experience as a yoga practitioner to help keep things balanced. If you could write the perfect backstory for an industrial designer, it might go something like this: art teacher mom, woodworker/kitchen-designer dad, and three aforementioned brothers living in (wait for it) A GEODESIC DOME! Honestly, was there ever any question?

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.

Calin Solomon

Calin is a master problem solver both in the studio and at home. He loves any challenge for his critical thinking (engineering) skills to unravel and is always visualizing (outlining, drafting, scoping out) what he can improve upon next—another customized model kit creation, gizmos for various needs, or even the hovercraft he made, capable of carrying a regular sized adult! Having grown up on three continents and speaking three languages, it’s not a surprise that he’s used to thinking outside the box; combined with his impressive hand skills, no design is too intimidatingly complex for Calin to bring to life. It may not surprise you that someone who grew up abroad loves to travel. Just in the last year Calin has explored the North England coast, visited the Caribbean, and road tripped through Europe!

Caterina Rizzoni

Cat is, at heart, a dreamer and an idealist. She believes fundamentally in empathetic, human-centered design, and her education in CoDesign and generative design research gave her the tools to apply these ideals to the products she brings to life. She believes she has a responsibility to create morally just designs, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have fun doing it! When she’s not pondering the nature of the universe and design, you can find Caterina tending to the 30+ houseplants in the greenhouse formerly known as her apartment. Like pasta? Cat loves whipping up delicious Italian-American dishes inspired by her childhood, spent part-time in Ohio and part-time in Italy. She can even make pasta from scratch!

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.

Chris Brown

With years of experience in design research, leadership, operations, and marketing, Chris came uniquely equipped with the perfect set of tools to tackle any challenge. Contract negotiations are a given; mapping product strategy, one of his passions. As for volunteer and leadership experience, after only five years of becoming an active member, he was elected as a national Board member and District Vice President of IDSA. In his spare time, Chris is heavily involved in local entrepreneur events and leadership skills, culture, keeping an eye on the comedy world, and being a dad. Thank goodness he is a coffee connoisseur—otherwise who knows how he would keep up!

Cori Rowley

Cori is, at heart, a problem solver. Adept with colors and handwork, she uses her well-honed industrial design skills to work through tough challenges, no matter the project. As an attentive and willing apprentice in her dad’s garage, she learned her way around some serious tools at a very young age. Not content to stop when the work day is done, she now continues her passion for creating and remaking things with her hands in a workshop she shares with her husband. These two are quite a pair, having taught themselves to make custom furniture, restore vintage tools (such as antique axes, hatchets, and tomahawks), as well as handcrafted leather goods.

Diana Juratovac

Diana revels in a sense of accomplishment, both at the end of the work day and after completing one of her fused glass art pieces at home. With more than 30 years of design experience she’s learned to draw inspiration from many different areas of life, and finds that she can draw an idea from a shape that caught her eye and apply it to a soft goods pattern, a product’s form or a new glasswork design. Diana is known for her unique sense of style, garnering compliments left and right on her cool ensembles. Her secret? She’s mad about color and texture and has a keen eye for spotting the next trend.

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!

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!

Jessica Ciroli

With 16 years of accounting experience and a serious go-getter attitude, Jessica came into Design Central hungry to learn and ready to crunch some numbers. She strives to give 110% in everything she does, whether it’s reconciling billing folders, getting a few miles’ run in before work, or gearing up for her daughter’s next big dance competition. Jessica loves accounting and its checks and balances; with no gray areas, there is always a solution to be found.

Louise Nunley

When Louise joined the Design Central team we knew she felt great satisfaction in all aspects of accounting; little did we know how high in the ranks her expertise would take her. Louise is the leader of our Finance Team and thrives on checks and balances. As a team player, she doesn’t ask others to complete a task that she wouldn’t complete herself and gets her hands dirty every chance she can.  Speaking of dirty hands, Louise is an avid gardener and supplies the office with fresh vegetables for team cookouts and family meals all summer long.

Megan Rodewald

With a love for solving any problem she can find and a knack for working in teams, Megan has always had the makings of an engineer. Although she claims 3D modeling is her favorite part of the mechanical engineering process, there isn’t an element of her work she doesn’t find interesting—given the opportunity, she will always jump head first into any challenge. This can-do attitude likely stemmed from her determination in Irish dance, which Megan began at age 7. Since then, Megan has competed in the World Irish Dancing Championships twice, and she recently joined a group called the Columbus Celtic Dancers!

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!

Michael Rencheck

Michael has had a lifelong interest in engineering and how things work, but it wasn’t until halfway through college that he learned about the design process and his passion for it. Two projects focused on creating new medical devices inspired him to aim for a career creating products that would improve people’s lives alongside a team of creative, like-minded individuals. But that doesn’t mean he’s always stuck in the Studio—Michael is also a black belt in Taekwondo, a self-taught guitar, banjo and violin player, and travels to enjoy the winter weather on his snowboard. When Michael was in Norway for three months, he took a few weekends and toured the country, even traveling to Svalbard to drive dogsleds and spelunk in ice caves!

Mike Cavins

With over 20 years of experience in the engineering field, it’s no surprise that Mike has worked on everything from lawn and garden care tools to baby care products, and has overseen manufacturing and production teams from Mexico to China. A natural problem-solver, Mike really enjoys developing products that will be used by everyday people; he says there’s just something amazing about designing a product that you know most people will love. After hours, Mike is never without something to do: he does charity work, raising awareness for pediatric cancer, and enjoys expanding the depths of his movie trivia knowledge.

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 the 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.

Monica Tournoux

Monica, our resident cheer champion, is as passionate about the entire design process as she is about helping people solve real-life problems. Her years-long compulsion to draw what she sees around her began when she was 8 years old and is evident in the stacks of sketchbooks stashed at the office, in her bedroom, in her car...where doesn’t she have them stashed? When not sketching another cutting-edge solution Monica takes to her longboard to explore her city.

Oscar Garcia

With several successful projects already under his belt by the time he joined our team, Oscar was raring to go, and jumped in headfirst. A multi-sport athlete and artist of several mediums in his spare time, he applies similar philosophies to both his home and work lives: you must always be hungry to learn. Although he does have his favorite parts of the job, such as sketching and 3-D modeling, Oscar strives to be well rounded. Like many of us, Oscar loves to travel… but only he has set the goal to visit every country once in his lifetime!

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.

Romina Barrera

You might take a cup of coffee in the morning, Romina takes a cup of laughter, or two, or three. She grew up living around the world, making her way through Mexico and different parts of Europe. This shaped an exciting childhood, which turned her natural curiosity into a passion for discovery and exploration. For Romina, design is an interdisciplinary learning process of mixing and matching odd pieces of knowledge to achieve anything and everything – to do what? To save the world, of course, or at the very least make someone’s life better. Prototyping by day, sculpting by night—Romina loves working with her hands, especially if it involves clay and glazes. It’s no wonder she’s a fixture at many of the ceramics classes around Columbus!

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!

Slade Simpson

Slade is a man of many talents. A firm believer that innovation is easier when you know a little about a lot, rather than the other way around, he is a mechanical engineer with an eye for both function and aesthetic. This, alongside his passion for learning, drove him to co-develop a new additive manufacturing technology and form a 3D printing company, called Sculptify. For Slade, his work is all about impact: whether it’s a client, user, or coworker, to positively affect someone’s life is a powerful thing. Slade has rocked many hats during his career: he’s dabbled in research, development, marketing, prototyping, global sourcing, communications, and business development. Basically, he’s like a Swiss Army Knife for product development.

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.

Todd Linthicum

Todd may seem quiet when you first meet him, but in his head, the gears are always turning. During his younger years, when he wasn’t busy with athletics, he could be found fixing computers and hosting LAN parties. After completing undergrad, and while still in graduate school, Todd co-founded Sculptify, a new generation of 3D printing technology. Enjoying the entrepreneurial, research, and mechanical sides of engineering let Todd tackle projects from every angle right from the get-go. Like many here, Todd loves nature, though his idea of outdoor fun is pretty intense. A few years ago, he and his family ventured into the Canadian wilderness to canoe and camp along a remote river for a week, then hitched a ride back into town on a train. Talk about adventurous!

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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