I am a Designer, Photographer, and Skater based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Cars spurred me into design. The novelty and beauty (and the not so pretty) of these rolling sculptures mesmerized me. Although, you could say it is in my blood since this passion for cars goes back two generations with Grandpa on my Dad’s side could make any bucket of bolts run. Though my path has been one of twists and turns, design has been at the forefront from the beginning. Whether that’s sketching an idea for a new watch line, new logos, or modeling for a specific project, I get excited and easily burn the midnight oil to see it come to fruition. I, recently, started pursuing UX. I see a major shift over the horizon in automotive industry, involving User Experience Design at core of shaping the future of autonomous cars. I hope to collaborate & create breathtaking experiences for the websites, software-as-service, and eventually cars alike.

NICHOLAS P. GRAY
nicholasgray.j2911@gmail.com | 803.306.3647
EDUCATION
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Master of Industrial Design (MID) - May 2016
University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC, Bachelor of Art in Applied Mathematics - May 2010
RELEVANT COURSES
Coding, Sketching, Photography, User Testing, Creating Prototype & Mockups, Agile methods
Computer: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Audition, InVision, Dropsource, HTML/CSS/Javascript/MySQL, Sketchbook Pro
PROJECTS
NSPiR: VR Racing Simulator, Industrial Design Final Project Studio - Spring 2016
Produced a virtual simulator for car enthusiasts and driving education that accurately mimics real world physics using remote-controlled cars & 360-degree camera
Identified that current simulators lacked realism and mobility
Researched and interviewed current racers about aspects of the experience that would need to be in place
Examined the trajectory of automonous vehicles and how this product can evolve into a leisurely sport
H2Onesie, Product Innovation Lab - Fall 2015
Developed an infant hydration monitoring system inspired by Withings design language
Led a team of 3 engineers & MBA student, using strong communication skills
Visualized the companion app that would come with the product, wireframing the experience
Hanes Bra Simulator, Sponsored Advanced Industrial Design Studio - Spring 2015
Produced a prototype of a pregnant woman to mimic the stages of pregnancy in order to aid bra designers to develop sports bras that can evolve with this underserved market
Customized an Arduino to simulate the pressure-sensitive on typically pain points expressed by subjects
EXPERIENCE
JMP Software, SAS, Cary, NC - Jun 2017 - Present
Video Editor (Contract)
Create kinetic topography for a customer success video for the JMP sofware platform
Collaborate with product manager to review video’s message
j.29|11dsgnspace, Raleigh, NC - Aug 2015 - Present
Freelance Designer
Create graphic, product, web, and user experiences
Jun 2017: Created a logo design for The Intentional Visionary podcast
Jan 2017 - Apr 2017: Designed the marketing material and graphics for Eurobike 2017 event
July 2016 - June 2017: Rendered the designs for a 1987 BMW R90/6 motorcycle
Aug 2015 - May 2016: Illustrated a book designed to help examine children’s emotion state
William Keating Bailey IT Lab, NCSU, Raleigh, NC - May 2015 - Aug 2016
IT Lab Assistant/Teaching Assistant
Instructed students & teacher in lab technology and consulted on photo/video equipment needs
Communicated effectively with design students to identify problems, guage usability of solutions and make recommendations on their projects
Collaborate with faculty to creatively develop presentations
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Christian Life Fellowship, Raleigh, NC - Aug 2013 - Present
Designer, Podcast Creator, Usher, Public Relations Specialist, Photographer
Design flyers, pamphlets, and other media for the church
Communicate with Technology Department to develop new content for church website
Serve public with outstanding communication and deligence
American Institute of Graphic Arts Member - June 2017 - Present
IDSA Student Member - Aug 2012 - Present
Triangle UXPA Student MemberAug 2014 - May 2017
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