Enthusiastic Creative Product Designer who has accumulated over twenty years of experience in various creative and business fields both personally and professionally. Experienced in designing innovative products such as giftware, ceramics, toys, children’s wearable, jewelry, accessories as well as book illustrations. Managed freelancers and collaborating with product development teams to bring new designs into production, on schedule, and within budget. A self motivated professional who has excellent communication and problem solving skills, is very organized and takes initiative in following through on all assignments. A designer who upholds a high degree of aesthetic value on her designs a number which have been featured in a few major magazines: Cosmopolitan, Teen People, Woman’s Day and Parents Magazine. Proven ability to assume increased responsibilities; is detail-oriented and understands priorities. A team player who is able to multitask, enjoys a fast paced environment and maintains a high level of work ethic that has been expressly appreciated by both Management and peers.
Toys & Everyday Plush Animals
Enthusiastic Creative Product Designer who has accumulated over twenty years of experience in various creative and business fields. Designing innovative products such as giftware, ceramics, toys, children’s wearable, jewelry, accessories as well as book illustrations. Managed freelancers and collaborated with product development teams to bring new designs into production, on schedule, and within budget. Self motivated professional who has excellent communication and problem solving skills. A designer who upholds a high degree of aesthetic value on all her designs. A team player who is able to multitask, enjoys a fast paced environment and maintains a high level of work ethic that has been expressly appreciated by both management and peers. Technical Skills: Adobe Illustrator CS5, Photoshop CS5, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office, Entourage, Excel. OMNI, AS400 and Product Development System, Use of scanners and digital cameras. Extensive experienced in both Mac and Windows platforms. EXPERIENCE Freelance Artist, Wayne, NJ 2013 - Present Illustrator/Graphic Designer/Product Designer Design hardgoods, softgoods, home décor, displays & packaging. Children’s plush toys & accessories, graphic designs for embroidery and appliques on infant toys & wearables. Launched a shop on etsy.com called The Woven Soul which has my handcrafted fabric items. DEMDACO, Wayne, NJ 2011 - 2013 Graphic/Product Designer – Plush Division Design and develop plush items for everyday, baby lines and hard goods for baby decor. Create original character, embroidery and applique designs for plush baby lines as well as fresh concepts for seasonal & licensed plush. Put together concept boards showing style, color palette, logos, packaging for presentations to departmental heads. Brainstorm ideas with team members. Russ Berrie & Company, Inc., Wayne, NJ 2010 -2011 Senior Graphic/Product Designer Accountable for designing and successfully stylizing new concepts for all lines. Brainstorm with team members and department heads on concepts. Responsible for designing 3-Dimensional hard and soft goods, licensed toys as well as all the peripherals including displays, packaging boxes, bags, hang tags, backer cards and showroom signs and mock-ups. Visualize and create logos, fonts, color palettes, icons, style guides for all product lines. Design plush lines for licensed items such as Mattel's Barbie Pets, Clifford, Barney, Curious George and other licensed plush product. Freelance Artist, Wayne, NJ 2005 – 2010 Illustrator / Designer Designed figurines, ornaments, home décor, displays & packaging. Gift sets for food & beverage company. Illustrated greeting cards. Plush toys & accessories, designs for embroidery, appliques on infant items & licensed wearables. Wrote and illustrated a rhyming children’s picture book. Russ Berrie & Company, Inc., Oakland, NJ 2002 – 2005 Creative Product Designer Design concepts for Holiday lines for both hard goods and soft goods. Prepare style guides. Responsible for designing entire lines independently. Manage design activities of freelancers. Design packaging and displays. Created artwork utilizing Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Electronically executed artwork to the Far East Team upon approval of the Art Director. Communicated with the Far East on direction, specs and revisions. Keep current on trends for character concepts, plush fabrics, textures of materials, colors and patterns.Monitor product development process both electronically using Lotus Notes and through travel to the Far East to oversee production and ensure that HK and China adhere to the outlined specifications. Represent the company at all gift, toy and stationery shows in New York City. Set up showroom in Los Angeles for open house. Marcolin USA, Inc., Rockaway, NJ / Creative Optics, Inc., Miami, FL 1997 – 2002 Purchasing/Inventory Agent Initiate formal requests for costs and samples and coordinate all necessary material information from Italy, Japan & Korea. Perform item setup in system. Generated and monitored purchase orders. Handled new product forecasting,releases,change and notification process & and customer announcements/information releases. Interfaced with Business Owners as well as Product Development Team in Italy. Reconciled invoices. maintained computer files, inventory adjustments, transfers and receiving. Trained Product Coordinator and newly hired Inventory Manager on AS400 system. Traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona to learn item setup on OMNI system. Falcon Specialties, Randolph, NJ 1991 – 1997 Mail Order Proprietor Designed jewelry, T-shirts, ornaments. Created fabric covered ceramic figurines, dolls, plush animals. Ordered items from foreign and domestic suppliers. Supplied hand-made and novelty items to gift shops. Participated in exhibits and craft shows. GAB Business Services, Inc., Parsippany, NJ 1989 – 1991 Purchasing Agent Placing orders, monitoring status, verifying quantity and quality of stock received. Purchased office supplies, furniture, computer equipment, software, and subscriptions. Posted purchase order activity in ledger. Administrated maintenance contracts for the office equipment. Freelance Artist, Wayne, NJ 1987 - 1989 Illustrator Interfaced with publishers and art directors. Wrote and illustrated children’s activity books published by Paulist Press, and Price, Stern, & Sloan. Designed and illustrated TV medical commercial for Ortho-Pharmaceutical Co. Debbie’s Floral Design, Wayne, NJ 1987 – 1989 Creative Designer Designed floral arrangements and party effects based on clients’ specifications. Created custom prop fabrications and creative signage for themed party events for Bar Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Graduations, Weddings, Special Events, etc. Produce duplicate images using wood, plastic and foam. Designed and created drawings and 3 dimensional artwork: sculptures, murals, pop art, table centers pieces, games. Decorate Hotel Lobby and Meeting Rooms with Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentines Day, and décor for other Holidays. Windsor Toys, Inc., New York, NY 1986 –1987 Toy Designer Researched market to determine current toy trends. Create initial styles and designs of new plush ideas for the juvenile toy market. Sketched out ideas to illustrate concepts for internal review. Select the style, color palette, theme and fabrics that would be introduced into the Fall and Spring plush lines. Shopped and researched retail market Traveled to Seoul Korea for a ten day conference and to oversee production at the factory. Collaborated with the Korean design team and pattern makers. Developed an understanding of how to most effectively communicate design ideas with foreign countries. EDUCATION School of Visual Arts, New York, NY - B.F.A. - Illustration Micro Training Technologies, Fairfield, NJ - Photoshop, Illustrator, & Quark