Dominic Montante

Jr. Industrial Designer, Umbra 

Dominic, or “Dom” as he’s affectionately known, is an award-winning American designer working for Umbra in Toronto, Canada. Dom graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) in 2013 with a BFA in industrial design and minor in graphic design. During his summers, he interned at Volume Studios, where he learned all he knows about sketching, and at Motorola, where he sharpened his CAD and eye for detail. Alongside his schooling, he worked part time as a designer with a startup company at Case Western Reserve University and freelanced as well. His senior year, Dom won a Good Design award with Todd Herlitz for a product he worked on at Volume Studios, an AICUO award for visual arts and design, and lastly, First, Second, and Third places at the International Housewares Student Design Competition. For his senior thesis, Dom developed a set of tools allowing farmers in former conflict zones to farm land contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO), with a special focus on his mother’s home country, Laos. For his work, he was awarded a post-graduate grant by the CIA to travel to Laos to conduct further research for the project. He has a poorly maintained Instagram account,, where you can follow works as recent as two years ago. When not designing, Dom really likes learning and practicing languages. Speak to him in Spanish, French, German, or anything else for that matter!