Michael Vostal: Pro/E Wildfire Instructor, SolidWorks Instructor, and Industrial Designer

Michael Vostal


What do you do at Design-Engine?

I’m an instructor for Pro/E Wildfire and SolidWorks as well as Industrial Designer for Design-Engine / DeepLABS

What is your educational background?

Graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design from University of Illinois Champaign / Urbana

What is your professional background?

Freelance Industrial Designer, started working for Skil / Bosch / Dremel, did some freelance work in the city for several clients, then went to Design-Engine / DeepLABS, back to Freelance, Furniture / Product Designer at Primitive, back to freelance – worked with WebbScarlet deVlam, Cleveland Golf, Design4Market, Cloverleaf Innovation, Bonjour Coffee and several others.


What is your favorite quote?

“People don’t regret the things they do; they regret the things they didn’t do.”

What is your favorite Chicago spot / event / thing to do?

Any outdoor street festival, having lived in Wicker for 7 years they have quite a lot of them! Favorite spot: too many in Chicago… Tango Sur, Maudes, any rooftop grilling with friends / family

Favorite industry resources?

Core77, Coroflot, thedieline.com, kickstarter

Favorite internet meme?

(definition: to describe a concept that spreads swiftly via the internet.)
I dont even know what that means, they’ve got the internets now?! I’m getting old.

Favorite project that you worked on?

Either designing a next generation golf club for Cleveland or designing / creating an entire line of modern yet sophisticated furniture for Primitive.

How would you explain Industrial Design in three sentences to an 8-year old?

You like toys right? Wait for answer… Well there’s a group of people that work on the creation of that toy. An ID person would help develop, shape, and personalize that toy so you get the most enjoyment out of it as possible!

Too much… I have no idea. I explain it to 30 year olds and they’re still lost.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what will the title of the book be?

I guess you’d have to ask that person, I don’t have esp… yet!

‘The Man Always Loved a Good Argument!”
The man, the myth… and I suppose the legend.

Other Interests

  • DJ-ing whenever possible, love music so it’s a big part of my life (yes, I still spin with vinyls).
  • Exploring new restaurants or parts of the city on my bike.
  • Figuring out new recipes and great dishes to make friends, family… loved ones.
  • Hitting up the beach when summer act gets here.
  • Playing soccer.
  • Traveling the world one country at a time.

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