Ray Fontaine


"I am a permanently curious and passionate innovator. I participated in the Global Innovation Design program at Pratt Institute in its second year of existence (2014-2015). I visited Keio University (Tokyo), Imperial College, and Royal College of Art (London), and studied targeted user research, design thinking methodologies, storytelling, extreme user scenario design, and basic prototyping mechanics/computer science.

I believe that abundant user research is integral to designing products with empathy. My time working as a salesman and journalist gave me the interperonsal skills and confidence necessary to perform penetrating and rewarding fieldwork research. I enjoy designing for extreme users, and I personally have always been passionate about innovation in long term assistive tools for individuals living with chronic illness and physical impairment. This interest has led me into much experimentation in the integration of fashion and technology."