August Behind the Bot

Behind the Bot: Ozobot Industrial Designer, Tim Hemesath

Industrial designers do a lot of the behind the scenes work when it comes to creating a new product. For example, they design the whole product before it goes into production and create the renderings internal teams use for sales and marketing initiatives. 

Meet Tim Hemesath. He’s an Industrial Designer at Ozobot and an asset to our engineering team. From designing the renderings for STEAM Kits to creating new challenges for Evo, Tim is always busy with a new product or project. 

Continue reading to learn more about Tim and his love for turning ideas into something tangible.  

What made you want to pursue industrial design?

I had graduated with degrees in Art and Political Science and didn’t know what to do with them. I was working a part time job for an interior designer and loved all of the products that went into the buildings.That led me to discover the Industrial design program at Cal State Long Beach.

What differentiates your job from industrial engineering?

Honestly, not that much. I think it just depends on the job. Sometimes it’s more industrial and about manufacturing and sometimes it’s more design and aesthetics. 

What made you interested in working at Ozobot?

The bot itself. The way that the robotics interface with the coding is so satisfying to watch. Although Evo, the bot, is small, it is very intelligent and I love being able to see all that it is capable of. Evo definitely inspires me to come up with more ideas and designs. 

What has been the biggest challenge in your career?

Communicating across various disciplines–from the software side to the UI to marketing to the tool makers. Everyone is specialized and very good at their respective job.

What is your favorite project you are currently working on?

My favorite project is the latest OzoGoes Kit; I love seeing Evo run through its little courses. STEAM Kits have been a very exciting project for me and seeing the finished product has been very rewarding. 

Why do you love being an industrial designer at Ozobot?

I love working around the edges of what I know about electronics and software. It’s a product that empowers teachers and students to learn more about computers and robotics and it has worked for me too. 

What advice do you have for aspiring industrial designers?

So much. I like being able to go back to Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) alumni events and give out advice to anyone that will listen. Recently I got the opportunity to work with a CSULB student as an intern here at Ozobot and loved being able to bounce ideas back and forth and teach him more about industrial design.

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