Hector Silva leverages his career industrial design expertise in his introductory design and design sketching courses at UIC. In his professional practice, Hector works as an industrial design contractor under the brand H Design, partnering with companies like Crate & Barrel, DesignLab, Nickelodeon, LeapFrog, Foster Grant, Insight Product Development and Lund & Company Invention as well as various entrepreneurs. His work with wearables in the medical field—originally completed as a graduate thesis—earned the Core 77 Design Awards 2016 Student Notable Consumer Product Award.
Hector contributes to the wider industrial design community as Chair of the IDSA Chicago Chapter, collaborating with such studios as Garmin, MNML, LUNAR, TEAMS Design to host events that benefit students and professionals.
In 2016, he founded Advanced Design Sketching, a student-led organization that empowers students’ continued productivity during the summer when classes are not in session. Advanced Design Sketching’s mission is to help students stay motivated and inspired outside of classes by giving them access to the best designers around the world through a one-of-a-kind video testimonial library centered on design sketching.