As a kid, Doug Cushing’s favorite part of any project was the presentation; he was most interested in how the information was displayed, how it looked. That early focus on celebrating the “form” led him to pursue a career in industrial design, and today he brings his aesthetically-driven insight to his work at Thrive, from sketching and rendering to developing prototypes.


A graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program with a degree in industrial and product design, Doug has had a wealth of experience in his short career thanks to internships at both large corporations and small consultancies, including Farm Design, a medical design consultancy in New Hampshire, and Nottingham Spirk, a design firm in Cleveland. Most recently, he interned for 3M Design Solutions, working in first the medical then the consumer realms, followed by a position as Junior Visual Designer at Bank of America just before joining Thrive.


In his free time, Doug tries to stay active and adheres to a pretty strict workout routine that has him up and training in the mornings at 5:30 or 6 a.m. (You get used to it, he says of the early wake-up call.) He also likes to pursue personal projects outside of work as a way to let his creativity run wild and explore different facets of design. He views this endeavor similarly to his workout: consistency is the key.