Managing product throughout its life cycle makes design a joy. I currently manage a category from conception, through multiple iterations, sampling, merchandising and marketing. This connection to the entire process allows me to guide the implications of material, design and packaging choices from cradle to grave. I plan to apply this broad picture of product design along with a research driven user centered design process to a variety of product categories.
Design Philosophy My design process is composed of a diverse collection of methods, organized and executed in sequence. This process defines the design challenge, allows testing of the solutions, and guides us toward the most viable and innovative conclusion. Experience Designer / Sears Holdings Corp. Chicago, IL Design and manage a team of home furnishings designers for Sears and Kmart retail stores and online. Lead Designer / Costantini Design Los Angeles, CA / Buenos Aires, Argentina Furniture from exotic woods / simple and elegantly styled Custom Designs for hotels, restaurants, and residential properties www.costantinidesign.com Design Partner / Custom lighting consultancy / sourcing Los Angeles, CA Project Manager / World Audio Visual Enterprises Irvine, CA Managed government and corporate client relationships and a team of installers, engineers, and salespersons Exhibit Design and Execution / Discovery Science Center Santa Ana, CA A children's science center / interactive and educational exhibits www.discoverycube.org Education The University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design User Centered Product Design concentration Relevant Coursework Thesis 2004 furniture and lighting design and development, transportation design, web interface, and a variety of supporting product development. Human Factors and Methods Development of necessary tools techniques and methods necessary for a User Centered approach to design. Center for Design Research Collaborative projects partnered with local and national companies and organizations in leading industry positions. Skills Ability to apply concepts through a rigorous design process involving multiple methods and a variety of tools including: Strategies for concept development 3D CAD (AutoCad, Solidworks, Rhino, 3D studio max) Prototyping and manufacturing considerations Communication with and visits to overseas manufacturing partners Proficent Illustrator, photoshop, Indesign, MS office,