Employee Spotlight: Meet Jeremy McDaniel, Industrial Designer

Hi Jeremy!

Hi Jeremy!

who is jeremy mcdaniel?

A great thing about the Empire Group is that each department has unique, talented individuals from different backgrounds – who bring their experiences to work together as a team. The Industrial Design department is comprised of brilliant artists interested in sketching and modeling ideas that come to life.

Just ask Industrial Designer Jeremy McDaniel, who is known around the office for his long locks, his easy-going personality and his ability to evolve his creative concepts to real-life products. Interested in artistic disciplines since high school, Jeremy chose a path in design at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and pursued a career in Industrial Design.

Jeremy and his girlfriend Michelle at Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Jeremy and his girlfriend Michelle at Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Shipping up to boston

During his program at UC, Jeremy took advantage of the co-op program – participating in five different co-ops from Cincinnati, OH to Boston, MA and back to Toledo, OH. The program gave Jeremy experience in working with consultancies, architectural lighting design, and glass manufacturing. This diverse background allows him to bring a variety of ideas and skills to the table.

It was because of his co-op in Boston that Jeremy decided to move to the city post-graduation to work freelance, later finding himself at the Empire Group. While he has “…super hometown, Midwest pride,” Jeremy quickly started to assimilate with his New England location. His love for sports and beer made it an easy transition.

Learn more about Jeremy in our Q&A:

Q: What is your favorite part of Industrial Design?

The creative side of it. The fact that I get to sketch and model, form development in general is fun to me. There's a lot more than just that, but the straight creative form development aspect is my favorite.

Q: If you could only choose one for the rest of your life… would it be tacos or nachos?

Tacos. Burro Bar just opened near us, and is my favorite place with amazing tacos.

Q: What is the most interesting thing in the product development world right now?

3D printing. The capabilities are more affordable and accessible. It's the most exciting because it speaks to our abilities to prototype more effectively and flush out concepts before investing money in production. The material capabilities are also amazing.

Q: If you were a professional wrestler, what would your name be?

Jeremy "The Mane" McDaniel

Q: What is it like being an Industrial Designer?

It's the best! It’s always creative, requires critical thinking and problem solving, which is engaging. Getting to sketch and model all day.


Q: If every time you entered a room your theme song played, what would it be and why?

Something Kanye. Because in my mind, his music is timeless.

Q: What is the best part of the product development process?

The end prototype. It's super rewarding to hold what you had drawn or thought about at one point.

Q: If you were any other mammal, what would you be?

I'd be an otter because they’re good at playing.

Q: How would you describe the mission of Empire Group in your own words?

Think it, make it.


Interested in our industrial design team working on your next project? Check out some of their work.