Raffi Minasian is a freelance designer, widely published illustrator, and educator. He holds degrees in both product and transportation design. His impressive 25-year-career includes aircraft interior design (Boeing), toys (Mattel and McDonald's), consumer products (Microsoft, Polaris, and Rainbird), and car designs (Toyota, Subaru, Moal Coachbuilders, and The Franklin Mint). In recent years he has devoted much of his professional energy to educational programs targeting young people interested in design professions, new concept development for start up companies, and business plan development integrating design thinking as part of the business strategy.
Raffi has been featured on World of Wheels, Speed Vision Network, The Learning Channel's Rides, and the Fine Living Network. He has designed more than 300 unique model cars, several full-size cars, consumer products, toys, and home accessories. His awards include Car Styling magazine's Award of Excellence and the Educators Who Make A Difference award by the Yuba County Office of Education for his efforts supporting the Automotive Academy. Raffi is also a member of the board of directors for the Collectors Foundation (a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving youth involved in the automotive community through scholarships, grants, and museum support).
Raffi maintains a design/development practice in California and Washington state.