In 2008, a friend and I decided to create a product allowing paintball enthusiasts to mount two barrels to their markers; designed to quickly alternate between them incase the primary barrel is clogged due to paintballs breaking inside the barrel. We prototyped it, displayed it at trade shows with great interest, got the attention of the industry heavyweights and applied for a patent.
Even though we did not succeed, the experience combined with my life-long intrigue of automobiles set me on a course that lead me to graduate from ArtCenter College of Design as a Transportation Designer in Fall 2018. During my journey, I have been fortunate to work with companies such as Nike, Honda and Genesis on team driven sponsored projects, including internships with CarLab, GAC Motors, and Chevrolet.
As my skills continue to grow, so do my passions and design approach. Growing up in Central Florida, I was either on the water in a boat, or at the Sebring Raceway watching prototypes being tested; influencing my purpose-built mindset towards design. I am obsessed with the exploration of form to provide an experience, wether it be for stirring up an emotional response or functionally benefiting the end users' life. Since our world is a three-dimensional place, my design process is focused around translating sketches into a workable model as fast as possible. With my bountiful experience regarding team driven design narratives, I have worked with a variety of designers from other disciplines to fully understand the teamwork required to bring a product to life.
My name is Kevin Smit from Lake Placid, Florida. Along with pursuing self improvement in all aspects, I am a citizen of the USA and The Netherlands, a car guy, sneaker-head, watch enthusiast, and a proud husband.