• Our Design Studio

      In 2007, a team of NC State Design graduates invented their own jobs.

      Our group is centered around innovative products, eye-catching graphics, and advanced prototyping. We work with everyone from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies looking for an innovative edge and an increase in sales.

      Our projects are fast-paced creative injections to ideas, product lines, and marketing.

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      Michael holds Bachelors & Masters degrees in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University. His experience in user-centric product and brand development ranges from military and defense applications to biomedical devices, consumer electronics, and many other categories.

      Michael is also an Adjunct Professor at NC State’s College of Design, where he teaches courses on digital drawing and rendering techniques at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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      Steve holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Industrial Design and Transportation Design from North Carolina State University and Pforzheim University, respectively.

      His expertise in quick visualization and product styling directs our industrial design team, and ensures that stakeholders’ needs are exceeded.

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      Karen received her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, along with a minor in Business Administration from NC State University’s College of Design.

      Her understanding of brand identity, visual communication, and styling leads our Graphics & Branding team’s efforts in providing a fresh look and a memorable message to our clients’ customers in just about every industry there is.

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      Shane holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University’s College of Design. His talents are based in design sketching, 3D modeling, and quick fabrication.

      Shane’s specialities include outdoor equipment, athletic & fitness equipment, consumer electronics, and defense hardware.

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      Ryan is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and a Utah native.

      His diverse background includes experience developing furniture and household products, accessibility and mobility systems, and off-road vehicle accessories.

      He also has the cutest kids on earth.

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      Rachel Swiezynski holds a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design from NC State University’s College of Design.

      Her interests in modernist styling help to guide progressive branding efforts within our group. Her focus includes print, packaging, and interface design.

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      Alex holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Anthropology from NC State’s College of Design and College of Humanities and Social Sciences, respectively.

      Her interest in cultural anthropology and background in exhibit design fuel her ability to design for a wide range of clients. She especially enjoys information, print, and UX design.

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      Kimberly has a knack for interior visualization and combining style with substance. She is completing school in Raleigh, NC and has first-hand experience in the hospitality industry with one of our favorite customers, Eschelon Experiences.

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    • Design Sketches

      Quickly putting hundreds of ideas down on paper means we can consider several concepts before spending more time on any specific direction.

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    • Our Services

      Building  your creative brand is our passion.

      Industrial Design
      • Market research of competitive products
      • Design sketches of new concepts and ideas
      • 3D CAD modeling of product geometry
      • Photorealistic renderings of our creative vision
      • Fabrication of functional prototypes for testing
      • Manufacturer sourcing & process management

      Graphic Design
      • Trend & market research
      • Initial ideation of branding elements
      • Digital layouts for print, web, and interactivity
      • Comprehensive design-to-print management
      • Packaging and point-of-sale design

      For examples of our work, see our overview page.
    • Sketch Competition

      Our staff votes weekly for the best sketch from our studio’s pin-up board.

      Earning a position on our staff requires extraordinary visualization abilities.

      Unsurprisingly, a little friendly competition arises when our team pins up their work for review. Having your work selected as the best of that week becomes a matter of pride.

      Each weekly winner earns a place on our rotating wall-of-fame in our studio, and bragging rights for seven glorious days.

      Move right to view previous entries, and check out our news page to see last week’s winner.

    • Steven Bockmann – 5/22/13

    • Michael Laut – 6/5/13

    • Michael Laut – 6/12/13

    • Steven Bockmann – 6/19/13

    • Ryan Dart – 6/26/13

    • Michael Laut – 6/28/13

    • Shane Roepe – 9/3/13

    • Shane Roepe – 1/24/14

    • Featured Press

      Our work for customers across the country and around the world has earned press with local publications and international news agencies.

      If you have a press inquiry about our work, our company, or what we’re currently up to, please direct any questions to info@lautdesign.com

    • 3D Modeling

      Solid modeling means accurate dimensions and proportion. From these models we can create stunning images.

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    • Photoreal Renderings

      Our 3D rendering platform takes our customers 3D models and brings them to life in stunning real-world materials, vibrant colors, and mathematical lighting.
      We can import all sorts of 3D file formats, such as .STEP (preferred), .IGES, .STL, Solidworks, Pro-Engineer, Unigraphics, and others.

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    • Prototype Fabrication

      Our prototyping processes:

      • Foam mockups
      • 3D printing / SLA / SLS
      • Metal work
      • CNC machining
      • Thermo / vacu-forming
      • Laser cutting / engraving
      • Waterjet cutting
      • Woodworking
      • Assembly
      • Finishing / Paint

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    • Product Photography

      Whether we’re photographing customer products or our own prototypes, crisp product images help us explain our design and create marketing material

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    • Graphic Design

      Our graphics team creates everything necessary for building and growing your brand.

      We are experts in producing eye-catching material for print, packaging, and the web, so whether you are starting from scratch, or sales need a boost, our talent and experience will help.

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