Yumi and Chris about page autumn2018

About Us

Welcome to Zaic Design! We are Chris and Yumi, a husband and wife team focused on helping companies develop great ideas into fantastic products.

Chris is at his best solving mechanical problems or working in the model shop. Yumi can usually be found discussing project details with clients, coffee in hand and dog by her side. Otherwise, we are in the woods or at the bookstore.  

After being based in China and Japan for 7 years, we have finally come back home to New Jersey where we have a small design studio on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood.

We wouldn’t trade our experience living abroad for anything. Life in Asia left a strong impression that continues to influence our design aesthetic and even our fundamental values. At the same time, we have learned that there is no place in the world like home, and we are happy to be close to our US-based family once again. We are discovering that this area of New Jersey is buzzing with creative energy. We are excited to be part of the vibrant artistic community in our area.

We truly value developing relationships and trust when providing our services. Please feel free to contact us or visit our studio. You are always welcome. You can follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see what we are up to!

Contact us at yumi@zaicdesign.com or chris@zaicdesign.com if you are interested in working with us to develop your business ideas.

Services Offered

  • Industrial design 
  • Product visualization / rendering 
  • Detailed mechanical engineering
  • In-house CNC machining, Laser Cutting, and SLA rapid prototyping
  • Presentation Grade Virtual and Physical Prototyping
  • Sourcing for offshore CNC / injection molding / sheet metal stamping

What Our Customers Say About Us

“Chris and Yumi provide a perfect combination of creativity and technical expertise for our creative design projects. They take the time to understand our needs, work closely with us to arrive at the best approach, and deliver solutions that exceeds our expectation. I would recommend Chris and Yumi to anyone who is looking for creative design work.”

Qian Eschbach
Global Director of Branding and Marketing Services

“Chris Zaic is a very talented design engineer whom I’ve had the extreme privilege of working with on many projects through the years. He excels in his ability to transform our conceptional thinking into spot on renderings with a great grasp of current engineering capabilities combined with a solid marketing foundation. Being in the business for over 30yrs I have found, his continued value added solutions with in house prototyping and presentation model capabilities has made his services a very cost effective addition to any business model.”

Kevin Koehler
R&D Global Procurement Manager

“Chris has provided outstanding work to Datacolor for several of our flagship products – from conceptual design to deep-level mechanicals. He has consistently resolved very difficult engineering challenges with elegant solutions that meet design requirements and are satisfying to the end user.”

Brian Levey
VP, Marketing

“I would recommend Chris to anyone in need of a mechanical/industrial design service. His thoughtful attention to the smallest detail resolved critical issues at a speed that we found remarkable. Excellent work.”

Diane Geisler
Director, Global Market and Product Management

"Chris offers a rare combination of artistic sensibility, mechanical design expertise, and oversees manufacturing experience, which has been an excellent fit for our needs. I recommend his design services without hesitation. "

Tae Park
VP, R&D and Operations

"Chris is an excellent mechanical engineer. Anytime an obstacle was discovered he was always ready with new ideas and solutions. His design and production of the fixtures we used was excellent. It was much easier having Chris make many of the parts since he understood the operation and was able to adapt quickly. Chris always listened to different opinions and he never got tied down to a specific option even though it was his own idea. A big part of the reason we advanced so rapidly was the ability of Chris to both design and manufacture specific fixtures and parts quickly and accurately.

I would highly recommend Chris for any future project in Datacolor. If I was starting a new company, Chris would definitely be one of my first hires.”

Bill Binder
Color Technology Manager