Sean is an Industrial Designer currently based in San Francisco, CA specializing in a soft goods design and product development. With 10+ years of experience has led him to play a significant role in multiple areas of design: business development, team leadership/management, and building products with DFM intent through to production. His background and knowledge extends to soft goods equipment, project management, materials and business development. As a designer, Sean believes thoughtfully designed products influence how we function, interact with our surroundings as well as feel and think about ourselves and others. He is comfortable from business strategy to getting his hands dirty building a prototype.
Sean has worked on a  projects with a wide range of clients from design firms, startups and corporate clients: Ledger, Bose, Cue Health, Philip Morris International, Empatica, Microsoft, Xiamedica, Google, JBL, Phillips, Wacom, and collaborated with design studios - Fuseproject, Astro Studios (PA Consulting), Herbst Produkt, Delve and many more. 
COSMO | 2017 - Present
Design Team Leader • Technical Program Manager • Industrial Designer • Softgoods Developer - BD | SF, CA
Cosmo (, is a market-leading manufacturer of engineered soft-goods, spanning consumer electronics to luxury sectors. As part of a comprehensive manufacturing solution provider, with a platform covering innovation, design, engineering/development, manufacturing, and supply chain services I led the technical program management side of all early engagement US based projects.
Promoted to a leadership role after 2 years, providing overall direction for a team of 5 designers, engaging in early business development, overseeing general lab and facility operations.
Academy of Art University | 2021 - Present
Adjunct Professor - Industrial Design Masters Program | SF, CA
• Execute all aspects of teaching: class prep, syllabus implementation, communication, evaluation.
• Completes, submits, and provides constructive feedback each grading period for 20+ students.
• Provided a 24-hour response time for students to aid in their academic learning and potential.
• Performs weekly portfolio reviews and 1 on 1s to assist in students’ creative endeavors.
• Mentored 5 young, future designers to inspire and empower them to achieve their goals.
Sean Miller Design | 2016 - Present
Cisco Innovation Team | Sean Miller Design | 1.5 years | Oakland, CA
RSID - Ricardo Salinas Industrial Design | 9 months | SF, CA

Toyota | Speck Design | 3 Months | Mountain View, CA

Focus Product Design | 2.5 Years
Menlo Park, California | Mid-Level Industrial Designer
​​​​​​​Focus PDM is a design consultancy that helps businesses create products from start to finish, including design, manufacturing, and marketing. They use a custom approach to bring ideas to life, making them a reality for companies and entrepreneurs. 
• Promoted from Intern to Mid-level Designer within 2 years to manage designers and operate projects.
• Heavily involved in Focus’ internal project revealed at CES 2016 in just 9 weeks.
• Transitioned 10+ projects from phase 1 to phase 2 significantly increasing the company’s revenue.
• Managed 8+ projects & 3 designers to meet client deadlines.
• Collaborated with teams from 4 departments to create compelling product and user stories.
• Developed soft-goods CMF specifications for prototyping and manufacturing.
• Reported design progress daily, utilizing design, strategies, sketching, mind mapping and CAD work to effectively communicate design solutions to clients.

Academy of Art University | Dec. 2014
M.F.A Industrial Design Graduate

Western Washington University 1999 - 2006
BA General Studies | Minor Studio Art

Lulea University of Technology Jan .06 - Jun .06
Exchange Student; Industrial Design program


IF Design Awards Finalist | Mobile Mountain | 2016
RedDot Design Awards Finalist | Mobile Mountain | 2016
Spark Bronze Award | Mobile Mountain | 2015
Academy of Art University Spring Showcase | 2015
A'Design Silver Awards | Branche Teapot | 2014
Academy of Art University Spring Show Best in Show | 2014
IDEA Awards Finalist | Surfcase | 2014
Natgeo Shelf | Spring Greening Finalist | 2010
Mailbox | Ample Sample Finalist Showcased  @NeoCon | 2009

Illustrator CS
Photoshop CS 
Indesign CS 

Solidworks 2022
Rhino 3D 7
Keyshot 9

Alias Automotive 2018

Managing Programs 
Managing Project Budgets
Scheduling and Manufacturing Communication
Design Strategy
Concept Development
Rapid Prototyping
Analog Sketching
Digital Rendering
Mock-ups & POCs
Soft-goods Design and Development
3D Printing
Leather Making
Soft Form Tooling
CO2 Laser Operation
Zund Cutter Operation


The outdoors...Snowboarding, Surfing, Running, Skateboarding, Photography, Architecture...and more.
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