David A. Parrott


I am a designer, student, teacher and builder. Since 2006, I've worked almost exclusively within engineering firms to inform my work with an understanding of the technical attributes that govern effective product development. My goal is to continue growing and leveraging these attributes to design products that balance form, function and meaning for myself and for my clients.


I am a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), from which I hold both a Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Design and a Master of Design.


I currently serve as the Director of Product Development for Polar3D, a startup based in Cincinnati, OH that provides hardware, software and curriculum to bring 3D printing to the classroom. This role marries my interests in product development and education.

In 2009, I started a design firm within Stress Engineering Services which continues today, serving clients in the medical, consumer products and packaging industries. I have also served in roles at the Medical Device Engine, another startup that was embedded within the University of Cincinnati Medical Center's Department of Emergency Medicine. Here, our team performed contextual inquiry studies for industry partners and helped to develop new medical devices driven by the clinical experience of our physicians.

I've taught several courses at the University of Cincinnati, including Biomedical Device Design in the College of Engineering and dozens of courses at UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, including Design Technology, Design Communication, and Theory of Industrial Design as well as a studio in Human Powered Transportation. I currently teach a collaborative sponsored studio combining fashion, industrial and graphic design programs to relaunch a major eyewear brand.


I'm currently pursuing a number of exciting design projects in art, transportation and product design. Many of these are featured on this site.

It's very difficult to convey the idea of form and function acting in complete harmony, but the design of handcrafted small sailboats has to be one of the closest approximations. Shown above is the latest prototype of a new 16|30 sail canoe.