Founded by Phil Angileri in 2004, NarrowBase LLC is a design and engineering consultancy specializing in product development. The company helps individuals and organizations innovate by developing tailored solutions that move beyond form and function to engage users on an intuitive and sensory level. Concepts are realized and brought to the marketplace through a user centered design approach. Projects have included work in Architecture, Defense, Medical, Furniture, Juvenile, Toy, and Consumer Products.
“I like to make stuff.”
Ask Phil Angileri what he wants to do with his life and you’ll always get the same response. With over 20 years experience practicing industrial design and half of that time spent as an independent consultant, it shows. He is an absolutely prolific creator. One only needs to take a look at his portfolio or his stack of personal projects that keep him “busy” when he is not “busy” to see the proof. A self described visual person, he finds inspiration in just about everything he sees providing him with a constant flow of new ideas. The real satisfaction though comes not just from “making stuff” but from getting whatever you’re making into a box. Getting things into production can also require a lot of travel, to which Angileri is no stranger. His work has brought him from coast to coast in the United States, as well as into Canada, Argentina, Japan, Taiwan, China, and Thailand. The relationships built along the way mean he’s got sources for just about everything, and contacts just about everywhere.
“The focus on Human Factors is what sets me apart.”
He has an intuitive knowledge of how things work combined with a complete understanding of the human element. Sit down with Phil to discuss Human Factors or Industrial Design in general and you’ll quickly discover that for him, it’s a conversation about capabilities and limitations. By definition the term Human Factors encompasses both physiology and psychology in order to provide a framework covering most variables that affect human performance. The goal of studying Human Factors in this way is to ensure safety and comfort in design. Thus allowing us to produce products that accommodate a wide range of users, who will be less prone to error, and require little to no training. He believes that understanding the difference between what a person can do, and what a person cannot do is at the center of every good product design. Angileri’s unique application of the design process allows him to develop highly creative and user focused solutions.