People are what make us strong.

We are always interested in talking to talented out-of-the-box thinkers who want to make a difference. If you're passionate about design, a keen observer of consumers and markets and motivated by the exchange of ideas and the energy of working with a dynamic team, we want to hear from you.

Current Openings

Design Central
Columbus, Ohio

We are creative problem solvers who take great pride in our work. Our team works collaboratively to solve the most difficult technical challenges, all the while maintaining the delicate balance between aesthetics and manufacturability. We bring cutting-edge products to life by leveraging our passion, empathy and engineering expertise - and do it as a team. 

If you are detail-oriented, CAD-savvy and passionate about products, we would love to speak with you.


Include but are not limited to the following:

  • Parametric solid modeling using Creo and Solidworks
  • Advanced solids, surfacing, assemblies and DFMA
  • Advanced design methodologies, including skeleton/master models
  • Advanced 2D drawings and GD&T
  • Advanced understanding of manufacturing processes and necessary design requirements, including injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding, metal fabrication, casting and extrusions
  • Strong background in mechatronics/robotics
  • Familiarity with shop tools and ability to build complex mechanical and electrical breadboard and looks-like/works-like prototypes
  • Component and process sourcing
  • Vendor/supplier communication and coordination
  • Ability to conduct advanced technical research and interpret data
  • Ability to assign basic tasks to team members, complete tasks assigned by Project Manager
  • Ability to manage intern work
  • Ability to brainstorm and sketch detailed concepts, make form and function recommendations
  • Ability to solve problems independently and manage the workload of multiple projects
  • Engineering document generation including product specifications, bill of materials and test plans
  • Ability to support and lead client interactions
  • Ability to create project proposals that outline the scope of supply, time and cost estimates and assumptions
  • Ability to contribute to Design Central initiatives and internal projects
  • Support of various components of Design Central business as-needed, cross-disciplinary support
  • BS Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • 5-7+ years of industry experience, preferably in full-cycle product development
  • Experience in project management that included tracking to time and cost targets as well as client management
  • Proficient in Creo and/or Solidworks 3D modeling software
  • Proficient in surfacing, FEA, PDM, kinematics and parametric design methodology
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, including the use of Microsoft Project
  • Familiar with prototyping code language, software and hardware - Arduino, Raspberry, Pi, etc.
  • Familiar with rapid prototyping methods and software - Formlabs, etc.

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Design Central
Columbus, Ohio

Design Central is seeking a Senior Designer in VC/UX to join our team of 30+ in Columbus, Ohio. As one of the country’s leading resources for innovation, we have a fantastic opportunity for the right individual to grow professionally within our offering of VC/UX team

If you are passionate about generating creative design across a wide range of progressive clients both individually and within a team dynamic, this position is for you. The key role encompasses developing design solutions, teaming with and mentoring other members, and coordinating with clients through positive work dynamics.

The ideal individual will have a proven track record of visualizing complexity in simple, informative and engaging ways, and enjoy partnering with internal team members and clients alike. The role will also include working with Design Central’s management and the new business team to grow our VC/UX team offerings as well as implementing a range of both internal and external initiatives.


Generating design solutions, managing design projects, coordinating clients, collaborating with team members, research visualization, data visualization, motion graphics, product graphics, information graphics, GUI development, icon development.

Desired Attributes
  • 5+ years experience in VC/UX or similar areas with examples of work that demonstrates an affinity with the needs of this role.
  • A deep desire for teaming and collaborating with others, merging ideas and a genuine personality that balances humility with highly professional solutions.
  • The ability to organize, plan, lead by example and multi-task.
  • The strength of persuasive communications with the ability to articulate clearly with team members and clients.
  • A bachelors degree or higher in a related field.
Long-term success will build on:
  • Professional skills for leading and guiding others, and helping them to grow with the team.
  • Ability to expand business through partnering with our business development team.
  • Strength in spoken and written communication through proposal writing and generating web and blog content.
  • Interest in building the organization’s success and an entrepreneurial passion.

Design Central is growing nationally and globally. We partner with some of the most innovative organizations around the world that are looking to uncover opportunities for the future and the capabilities to bring them to life in the market. Our diversity of expertise and knowledge creates the highly creative and professional environment that we and our clients thrive on to produce innovation strategies and products, services and UX solutions.

Frequently ranked as one of the youngest, most progressive, growing communities in the nation, Columbus is blossoming and growing with a multi-cultural composition, great food, activities, and diverse professions. Our location gives us proximity to many locales from the Midwest to the East Coast that provides easy access and an influx of energy.

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Design Central

Design Central is seeking interns to serve on our industrial design team during the Summer, Fall and Winter/Spring seasons. We invite you to review the requirements and submission timelines below. If interested, please submit your resume and portfolio in pdf format to

Summer (Mid May-Mid August) ……………………………   Resumes & Portfolios due: 1st week of February
Fall (Mid August-Mid December)  …………………………   Resumes & Portfolios due: 1st  week of June
Winter/Spring (Mid January- Mid May) …………………..   Resumes & Portfolios due: 3rd week of September

The internship program at Design Central is intended to expose students to the professional design and product development environment and help them understand how to apply what they learn in the educational environment into practical applications. The goal is for the student to understand the integration of their design education and professional practice.

Candidates for the program must be students enrolled in a degree-granting program in one of the following disciplines: industrial design, mechanical engineering, visual communications, UXUI, ethnographic research or a like field of study.

Internship candidates are evaluated based on their portfolio, presentation skills, written skills, previous experience, cross-functional skills, and ability to work as an effective team member. Most program participants have junior or senior-level status, as they possess the basic understanding of the profession and tend to benefit more from daily activities within the professional environment.

Students in the Internship Program may be part of a formal college cooperative education or internship program that grants academic credit for participation or a less formal program purely for experience without credit. In all cases students must have the approval of their school, college or university in order to participate.  Students need to provide Design Central with co-op/internship forms from their school or a letter from their department granting approval and indicating whether or not the student will receive academic credit for their participation.

Interns are requested to work a 40-hour week if schedules allow. As education is the main focus, any classes the student is enrolled in while at Design Central will be considered and worked into the intern’s schedule if possible. The activities in which each intern participates will be based on the experience level and capabilities of that particular student, but every attempt is made to involve the student in as many types of activities as possible so that they may experience the profession as an active and engaged participant, not just as an observer.

The roles and responsibilities of interns are first to observe and then to apply the knowledge they have gained to both their assignments at Design Central and their studies. Day to day activities include brainstorming, ideation, concept development, observational research, sketching, rendering, computer modeling, shop modeling, preparing presentation materials, project documentation and participating in team and client meetings. Other key responsibilities of the interns are to assist the design and administrative staff in daily routine procedures including documenting research, video capture/editing, meeting reports, sourcing materials and components, producing client presentations, general organization of source materials, 3D shop activities, testing and validation or other key roles assisting the staff.

Primary skills and capabilities desired for industrial design interns:

  • Ability to collaborate with others
  • Design thinking
  • Quick sketching with traditional media – pencil, marker, pen
  • Sketching with digital media – SketchBook Pro
  • Using 2D CAD software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • 3D modeling software – SolidWorks
  • KeyShot rendering

Secondary skills and capabilities desired for industrial design interns:

  • Ability to make quick physical mockups
  • Making with digital fabrication methods – 3D printing, laser cutter
  • Design research methods

$18-$20 per hour


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