About

I care about three main things when it comes to design. They are summed up best in my masters thesis title: "Cheap Green Easy". Almost everything I design is focused on being more attainable and democratic for all people, more sustainably integrated into our ecosystem, and easier or more engaging in it's interaction. A home-run hits all three of these at once. It's what I shoot for every day.

I'm generally up for any opportunity to work on an interesting project. Drop me a line if you want to work on something together.

David Zacher is an:

industrial designer
sustainability advocate
digital fabricator
user researcher
teacher
maker
& avid cyclist

David’s design practice focuses on user-centric design for socially responsible products and systems that fit into everyday use. 

David is currently cofounder of the Oakland Based Design Firm: Working Hard, specializing in industrial design, packaging design and rendering.

David was a co-founder of Eone Timepieces and Lead Designer for their award-winning product, the Bradley timepiece. He has designed for Fuseproject and was a Design Lead at Pablo.

Prior to his career as an industrial designer, David worked as legislative staff for the U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee in Washington, D.C

David holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Washington University and a Masters of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

David’s work has been shown at The Design Museum in London and The British Museum. His work has been featured in FastCo, Core77, The Washington Post, Gizmodo, BBC News, Deezen, Icon Magazine, Mashable, NPR, and CNET. David’s industrial design work has won Red Dot, and iF design awards.


Contact

Email

david@work-work-work.com

Mail

6050 Lowell St.
Suite 213
Oakland, CA 94608

Phone

401 403 1340


Awards & Recognition

iF World Design Awards
Design Excellence Award, Product, 2016

Red Dot
Winner Product Design, 2015

London Design Museum
Designs of the Year, 2014

 

Da Vinci Awards
Environmental Adaptation/Daily
Living or Work Aids, 2014

RISD Industrial Design Triennial
2010 & 2013

Core 77 Design Awards
Professional Notable,Consumer Product, 2015


Education

Rhode Island School of Design
Master’s in Industrial Design with honors, 2012

Brown University
Sheridan Teaching Certificate, 2011

George Washington University
Bachelor of Science, Biology cum laude, 2003


Previous Work & Clients

 

Co-Founder & Design Lead
Off White Inc. (Oakland, CA)
Leading industrial design for product on all levels. Helping shape the business model, brand and strategy, for connected lighting.

UI/UX Designer
Freelance (San Francisco, CA)
Designed the user experience for two apps concurrently. Responsibility included wireframing, developing user interactions, testing with potential users, and creating interactive mock-ups. Both apps will be released by Greensteppe Media in 2015.

Co-Founder & Product Design Lead
Eone Timepieces (Washington, D.C.)
Lead designer of debut product, The Bradley Timepiece. Oversaw development from ideation to manufacturing, guided product marketing, and consulted on business strategy. Debuted as a top 15 most successful product design on Kickstarter in 2013. Featured on blogs and in publications including Gizmodo, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe. On exhibition at the London Design Museum.

Experience Designer
Business Innovation Factory (Providence, RI)
Organized and conducted user-centered research to identify new opportunities for businesses and organizations. Services included conducting online and in-person interviews; analyzing, identifying, and diagramming opportunities; creating written reports; presenting to clients; and facilitating workshops. Clients included ACT and the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

Legislative Staff
U.S. House of Representatives (Washington, D.C.) Tracked legislation; organized field hearings; researched and composed memos; drafted hearing questions, committee reports; House floor statements; and briefed Representatives on legislation for the Natural Resources Committee.