Michael Kuiken



Industrial Designer

BUiLT Design January 2015 – Present
Designed bespoke trade show booths, retail spaces, branded environments, and store fixtures for a multitude of lifestyle and outdoor brands. Produced compelling graphics and installations and to underline clients’ brand message.

Junior Industrial Designer

BUiLT Design September 2014 – January 2015

Freelance Designer

Iron Ingenuity August 2013 – Present
Designed custom home decor, art, and signage to be created with a CNC plasma cutter.


Iron Ingenuity May 2013 – August 2013
Internship involved designing custom home decor and signage using a CNC plasma cutter.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Iowa State University December 2012 – May 2013
Job involved conducting qualitative and quantitative research on interdisciplinary design education under Seda Yilmaz.

Assistant Librarian

Orange City Public Library June 2007 – December 2011
Tasks included managing front desk, assisting patrons, cataloging new media, checking materials out and in, and organizing shelves.

Student Event Coordinator

University of Wisconsin-Stout January 2011 – May 2011
Position entailed coordinating students, models, and professors, overseeing advertising, hiring staff, collaborating with event staff, overseeing show proceedings, and maintaining coordinating materials for future coordinators.


Iowa State University

Bachelor’s of Industrial Design 2012 – 2014

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Bachelor’s of Art – Industrial Design 2009 – 2011

Honors and Awards

Summa Cum Laude

Iowa State University – College of Design May 2014
Graduated with a grade-point average of 3.90 or better

Highest 2% of Design Seniors

Iowa State University – College of Design Spring 2013, Spring 2014

Art & Design Annual Exhibition

Gallery 181 – College of Design – Iowa State University November 2013
Bonsai Pendant and Three-legged Table accepted in show

Innovation Incubator

Iowa State University – Industrial Design August 2013
One of three senior students selected to further pursue a project to market

Dean’s List

 College of Design  Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013
Attained a grade-point average of 3.50 or better for at least 12 credit hours of course work

Attention to Detail Award

Fashion Without Fabric April 2010
Outfit recognized by judges for Attention to Detail Award.

Best of Design Show

April 2010
Rupert the Cardboard Beaver was on display in the juried Best of Design Show in the Furlong Gallery.

Juried Student Fine Art Exhibition

May 2010
Knitting Pins accepted and on display for summer exhibit.


  • Ideation Sketching
  • Marker Rendering
  • Digital Sketching & Rendering
  • Model Making
  • User-centered Design
  • Graphic Design
  • 3D Modeling
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Concept Development
  • Photography
  • Videography


  • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • InDesign
    • Flash
  • Rhinoceros
  • SolidWorks
  • Keyshot
  • Sketchbook Pro
  • PhotoView 360
  • WordPress
  • iMovie
  • Aperture
  • Microsoft Office


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