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Industrial Designer / Product Manager / 3D Modeler
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
I am a CCS grad. with a degree in ID. My design background has included everything from OEM & tier 1 automotive projects-to toys, POP Design, and consumer electronics. I am currently looking for new challenges in product development. I have gained experience in every facet of design which includes costing, timeline/milestone management, sourcing, packaging, QA, tooling, and safety testing.
Shelcore Toys / MISC
NSI Toys and Crafts
Address: 6 Topsail Drive Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
Adobe Photoshop -Adobe Illustrator -2D CAD -3D Studio Max -Solidworks -Maya -Alias Studio Tools -Rhino -Microsoft Excel+Word -Sketching/Ideations -Renderings -Problem solving -Costing -Sourcing -Product Marketing -Packaging- Copywriting -QA-Product Management
April 2010-September 2012 Telebrands - Fairfield, NJ
• Manage complete design process from early sketching to prototyping for commercial shoots and print media.
• Prepare launches for 1million pc. or larger roll out of products including kitchen gadgets, pet, toy, electronics and soft goods. Work with teams to achieve instruction preparation, safety testing, package design and construction while keeping within cost targets.
• Increased the annual product roll out from four to twelve new items two years in a row.
• Work with overseas vendors and engineers to achieve all functional attributes promised by product commercials to attain high level of consumer satisfaction.
• Manage BOM's and day to day QA reports pertaining to inspections of all shipped goods.
• Overseas travel for factory level inspections and QA audits insuring quality standards are met.
September 2007-June 2009 NSI International - Farmingdale, NY
• Worked with cross-functional team of business managers, vendor representatives, sales managers, engineers and art department to meet developmental objectives and deadlines.
• Led team to achieve dozens of successful licensed and private label product launches, steering many into production roll-out.
• Modified time line for product development period from the typical 4-6 weeks to as short as 5 days.
• Designed, developed and implemented several organizational processes that served as a foundation for decreasing costs and typical delays.
• Created concepts and hand renderings for existing and future girl's/boy's toy and crafts kits.
• Developed licensed products for brands such as Fisher Price, GM, and The Smithsonian.
• Participated in initial brainstorming and ideation, all the way to production including packaging, instructions, and safety testing.
• Worked as the only in house 3D modeler to develop images for sales team packaging mock-ups including creation of files for rapid prototyping.
Freelance/Sponsored Studio Projects
Winter 2006-Shelcore Toys-Industrial designer developing children's toys for varying ages.
Spring 2006-Free-lance Team Products International. Product designer and computer modeler for consumer products.
Winter 2006-Planet Toys LTD. Product designer/developer for childrens toys and vehicles.
Summer 2005-Free-lance as Junior industrial designer at Diam International POP displays.
2004-Volkswagen of North America New Beetle: Designers were called in to aid VW in re-invigorating New Beetle sales. Restrictions were made to keep costs down. Sheet metal changes were not allowed. Much time was spent analyzing interior ergonomics and packaging issues. Styling was kept to a concept for a restyled front and rear bumper. My proposal involved a factory optional appearance package that featured interchangeable inserts that were color coded to optional wheel packages. To address the consumers concerns that the car was too small to carry large items, I developed a hybrid concept. To take advantage of the vehicles natural shape moving panels were used in conjunction with a power canvas top and flat folding floor. The end result transformed the Beetle into a very capable utilitarian vehicle. The concept car was well received and was featured in countless magazines and web articles.
2003-Arvin Meritor Roofing Systems: This was an intensive project working hands on with the A.M. engineering team. Feasibility concerns such as wind buffeting, internal mechanisms, and water channeling were the primary factors. The project involved assembly, shipping, molding practices, and user interface. For this task I was designated the Project Manager. I was the liaison between design team members and the engineers. For presentations to upper management I was the group spokes person. Much time was spent designing interior headliner and associated items as well as functionality and manufacturing simplicity of the system. The team concept was the invention of a self-contained/powered, modular roof system dubbed the "plug-in roof system". It allowed the consumer to choose from a variety of roof accessories at time of purchase as well as the ability to add items in the future.
-CCS Portfolio Award -CCS Tuition Grant
-Arvin Meritor Project Scholarship
-European Car Magazine article feature 07/06 http://www.europeancarweb.com/features/0607_ec_1999_saab_93_viggen/
-Business Week.com featured portfolio 10/2006
-Boston Globe Article on GM Design/Advertising 2/2008
-Featured in the Rhino 3D gallery spring 2011-current
-Member, CCS Alumni Mentoring Program