J. David Weiss
DesigNova Creative Associates
Founder & President
J. David Weiss is the Founder and President of Raleigh-based Designova Creative Associates. An internationally active and award-winning designer, most of David’s career has been spent designing custom yachts and superyachts- both independently and with yacht design firms and builders around the world. His projects and partnerships include several years working in Europe, and Designova’s projects still lead to much travel between the EU and US, as well as around the rest of the world. Designova serves clientele from the EU, Russia, Africa, Gulf States, and Asia with a growing clientele here in the US. David has contributed or led design for more than 30 privately owned yachts, including work with Omega Architects in the Netherlands on the well known 65 meter superyacht “Galactica Star”, launched in 2013 and winner of over a dozen international awards.
While continuing with yacht design, David is also expanding Designova’s endeavors into other creative arenas in the last few years, with a new focus on disruptive bespoke luxury goods and projects, with a series of partnership endeavors with US based Discommon Labs. New projects range from custom vehicle design for individuals and car companies, to custom furniture and even some architectural design. An “Arsonist of Creativity”, David’s passion is fueled by launching new ideas with his team, and shaping new partnerships, while endeavoring to work inside the philosophy of birthing creative work out of relationships and friendships.
David received his BA degree in Industrial Design from NC State’s College of Design, in 2006