Like a tugboat; TUG PD has the versatile and specialized qualities to help maneuver a much larger entity around obstacles toward it’s goals. 

We have one job; to get your company's product development project on the course to success. We do this with a passion for outstanding design and quality that turns product ideas into real, meaningful products. Products that lead the market and potentially sell in the millions.

TUG's collective skills and experience are essential to help move your project on the right course.


Mat Cardinali is the Principal Industrial Designer and Founder of TUG Product Design. He is an accomplished, award winning designer who has been integral to the development of many innovative, market leading products.

Mat has over a decade of experience developing high quality consumer, industrial, medical, and athletic products in both fast paced corporate and consulting firm capacities. Pairing his corporate and consultancy work with his experience as a Product Manager, a successful freelancing history and building a start-up design consultancy, he has honed a unique set of useful insights. These insights help direct TUG to efficiently navigate companies goals and deliver exceedingly successful products that delight the end user.


Founder/Senior Industrial Designer - November 2016 - present - TUG PD - Portland, ME/Pittsburgh, PA

Lead Industrial Designer - October 2017 - present - DICK’s Sporting Goods - Pittsburgh, PA

Product Manager/Designer - June 2015 - November 2016 - Sterling Rope - Biddeford, ME

Senior Industrial Designer - July 2013 - March 2015 - Johnson Outdoors Watercraft - Old Town, ME  

Industrial Design Lead - May 2011 - May 2013 - Breg, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA

Industrial Designer - Sept. 2006 - Dec. 2010 - Eclipse Product Development - Amesbury, MA

Junior Industrial Design Engineer (Intern)- Jan 2006 - July 2006 - Palomar Medical (Cynosure) - Burlington, MA