What's new?

So I've decided to enter the sporting goods industry and am proud to be a part of the STX R&D Team. There I hope to design some pretty bad ass Lacrosse and Field Hockey gear... Stay tuned!


What I'm really about:

When not designing, I can be found wrenching on my project car (87' BMW 325is) or outdoors. I am a catch & release fisherman who loves travel, culture, and sushi (but wont eat seafood any other way).

I like to think I work well under pressure, so I am constantly looking for the next adventure/challenge to improve my skillset and make me feel uncomfortable. Trial and Error always taught me better than books.

Contact Info

  • E-mail: jim@jkersh.com
  • Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Website: www.JKERSH.com (but you obviously already knew that)


Design Experience

STX · Industrial Designer

2013 – Present

Irwin Tools · Industrial Designer

2010 – Nov. 2013

  • Responsible for new product development for IRWIN Tools, LENOX, Hilmor, Shur-line, Ashland, and Bulldog Hardware brands.

  • Additional design support for the Sharpie, Papermate, and Rubbermaid Brands.

  • Responsible for traveling to China to oversee production, ensure quality control, and design intent is met for the entire IRWIN Folding Utility Knife product line.

  • Conduct field research and prototype testing with end user to understand their needs and product frustrations throughout the design process.

  • Effectively work alongside global team members to develop products acceptable in all international regions.

  • Continuously elevate the IRWIN design language serving as the Industrial Design lead on each assigned project.

JKERSH.com · Freelance Designer

2005 – Present

Product, Interaction, and Brand design projects for F.I.F.A (Club Deportivo Inc), MTV, Groupon, m8Denim and other various clientele.



  • Industrial Design

  • Interaction Design

  • Brand Development

  • Creative Direction

  • Concept Development

  • Design Research

  • Sketching

  • Model Making

  • Manufacturing Processes

  • Global Communication

  • 3D Printing

  • Photoshop

  • Illustrator

  • InDesign

  • Solidworks

  • keyshot

  • Rhino 4.0


  • Microsoft Office


  • Creativity

  • Vintage BMWs

  • Organization

  • Problem Solving

  • Time Management

  • Fishing

  • Backpacking

  • Cooking

  • High-5's and Fist Pounds


Appalachian State University · Industrial Design · B.S.

2005 – 2010

Initially pursuing an Athletic Training degree, I stumbled upon the Industrial Design program and instantly found my calling. After all who doesn't want to take courses in blacksmithing, 3D modeling, and design drawing? The rest is history.

Acknowledgements + Publications

A'Design Platinum Award


The IRWIN Tools FK Series folding utility knives were nominated and selected for the 2013 A'Design Platinum Award for the Prosumer Category.

AMBA Innovation Award


The Shur-line Deck Pad with Groove Tool was nominated and selected for the 2012 ABMA William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award.

Taschen :: Product Design in the Sustainable Era


eCO2 concept watch was selected for publication in the 2010 Taschen book, Product Design in the Sustainable Era

IDSA Student Merit Award


Selected as a Junior to represent the Industrial Design program at Appalachian State University during the 2009 IDSA Southern District Conference in New Orleans, LA.

DesignBoom Mart - CODE 09


Exhibited the "Umami" Sushi Tray during the 2009 DesignBoom Mart at C.O.D.E 09 in Copenhaugen Denmark. This was done as part of a design collective called "Les Mutante".

ICFF Exhibitor

2008 + 2009

Exhibited under Black Valley Design Collective in 2008 and under The Other Edge in 2009.

MTV Real World 21:Brooklyn

2008 + 2009

Serving as the Project Lead for Black Valley Design Collective, BVDC was contracted through Vibrant Studios (Brooklyn, NY) to design lighting and decor for the reality TV series “MTV: Real World 21- Brooklyn”.

Portfolio (Teaser)


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