773.809.5234 gabriel@prero.com

Bio

My name is Gabriel Prero.

Born and raised in Chicago, I always had a thing for tinkering and needing to know how things work. I have many memories of following my father around the house on an otherwise lazy Sunday afternoon as he fixed, installed, rewired, and otherwise tweaked our house, constantly barraging him with questions beginning with a “why” or a “how.”

I like fixing things. I like making things. I like solving problems. I like making things better.

As a design professional, it rarely feels like the hours required to complete projects are “work”; to me, it’s fun.

Ok, sometimes it’s work. But enjoyable work.

I feel privileged to exemplify the old adage, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Experience

Industrial Designer |  Home Products International (HPI)
Chief Design Officer |  BioSpawn Lure. Co.
Principal Designer |  Prero Design LLC
Industrial Designer |  TricorBraun Design Group
Industrial Designer | Trade Associates Gorup, ltd. (tag)
Industrial Designer |  ACCO Brands’  Swingline division
Collaborations with | Loft 312, Cephius, Lund & Co. Invention, In Step Mobility, Elkay Mfg., Life Fitness, Magnani Continuum Marketing, Big Monster Toys, Libman
BFA Magna Cum Laude in Industrial Design
University of Illinois at Chicago/College of Architecture and the Arts/School of Art and Design
7 patents awarded
1 patent pending
IDSA member
connectID Mentor
Featured in popsci.com, gizmodo.com, yankodesign.com, the Shapeways Blog, Home Gym Magazine, Shape Magazine-Germany, Le Tabure Magazine, and more
UIC School of Art+Design Faculty Prize for Industrial Design
UIC IDSA Merit Award Nominee
Winner- Life Fitness Design Competition

Skills

  • Adobe CS/CC
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Solidworks
  • Rhino
  • 3D Printing
  • Tablet Sketching
  • Model Making
  • Injection Molding
  • Blow Molding
  • Glass Molding
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Ceramics
  • Packaging
  • Listening
  • Observing
  • Communicating
  • Night Vision
  • Ok, no Night Vision

Gabriel was a fantastic collaborator on our project. We were pleasantly surprised that he nailed the concept right off the bat and we did not need to go back to the drawing board. His skill and expertise […] took our product design to the next level and breathed new life into a project we had been working on for 3 years.

Jennifer Blaese

Founder & Design Curator, Loft 312

Gabe has a clean aesthetic and can quickly pull together a wide variety of concepts. He has the ability to continually come up with creative design solutions and is very open to accepting constructive criticism to better the end product.

Kelly Ventura

Product Designers, K Ventura Design

Gabriel is a passionate designer who adds character and talent to the office. He constantly provides helpful insights and perspective to design challenges, along with an eye for detail. I always take his input into consideration when working on a project.

Christina Augustyn

Industrial Designer, Tricorbraun

Gabe is a talented designer, and can explore a project from right and left brain perspectives. He is well-versed in many materials, and if not, will learn what he needs to know. Overall, he has a relaxed style and is willing and able to problem solve in order to get to the best solution for the design challenge!

Sara Anderson

Product Development, tag

Gabe brought numerous skills to the table including his impressive design knowledge and skills, his ability to see the big picture goal and break it down into components, and his unwavering passion for the project. I felt fortunate to have him on my team and am very proud of our accomplishments in the course.

Jennifer Herlein

Director of Special Events, UIC

It was a pleasure to work along side Gabe. He was one of the select few who really put their all into projects. Extremely self-driven and reliable. Gabe has proven that he can uphold strong design principals out in the field and has the creative insight to create highly functional designs with clean aesthetic as well as conceptual and thought-provoking ideas.

Mike Serafin

Senior Designer, SRAM

Gabriel is a talented industrial designer, well versed in multiple aspects of research, design, and product development. He is hard working, thorough, and extremely organized.

Stephen Melamed

Principal, Tres Design Group, Inc.

Gabriel is one of the most talented and innovative designers I have come across in my career. He likes to think outside the box, challenge everyone’s thinking in a very productive way and he produces results. We used to say at tag “we’ll say we knew him when.”

Nancy Michael

Director of Marketing, tag