I am a seasoned Product and Packaging Designer with extensive knowledge in the consumer home goods and electronics accessory industry's. I am a positive, detail-oriented self-starter who is adept at multitasking, designing and managing the production process. I have a skilled eye for color, hot trends and the small details that make the difference in buyer's meetings and ultimately in the customer's hands.

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Michelle Ladin Stern Email: Michelle.nysmashdesign@gmail.com WORK EXPERIENCE MiWorld: www.miworldaccessories.com/ Product and Packaging Designer: May 2013 to the present • Production Management for our Tech, Travel and Accessory categories. •Corresponding daily with China and exchanged tech pack art files through websites like DropBox. • Altec Brand Manager, hard and soft goods product and packaging design for electronics accessories. • SNUGGIE license product and packaging design for travel pillows, hoodie pillows, memory foam pillows, eye masks and throws. • Retouch and prepare web product images for Amazon.com and Groupon.com. New York Smash Design: Founder and Creative Director: September 2012 to the present • Designed patches and t-shirts for the FDNY EMS. • All work done in Illustrator and Photoshop: Graphic design vector renderings, product design, packaging design, print ready files. The Baruch Company: www.baruchco.com Creative Director: January 2013 to April 2013 • Gift packaging designer for chocolate and gourmet food brands. • Category trend research for packaging materials and shapes. • Attended meetings with chocolate and gourmet food brands at the January 2013 Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The JAY Companies: Creative Director of Photography and Design: February 2011 to December 2012 • Hard and Soft Goods License Brand Manger; product and packaging designer. • Lead contact and designer for Jelly Belly, Louise Carey and Daydreams licenses. • Corresponded daily with vendors in China and exchanged files through websites and FTP servers. • Designed and built a product photography studio for packaging and web images. • Product, packaging, logos and planograms for all in-house Jay Import brands. • Prepared for in-house April and October New York Merchandise Mart Shows. • Prepared samples, mockup packaging and signage for the January 2012 Americas Mart Home Goods Show in Atlanta. M. Z. Berger & Company: www.mzb.com SHARP Brand Manager, Product, Packaging and Promotional Designer for the Clock division: June 2006 to January 2011 • Managed a team of in-house and freelance designers; corresponded with vendors, sample makers and engineers in Hong Kong. • Reviewed product and packaging pre-production samples, blisters, instruction manuals, overlays, side-kicks, PDQ’s and pallet skirts. • Created individual SHARP and NELSONIC brand packaging style guides for each major retailer. • Prepared for meetings with sell-sheets, presentation boards, commission prototypes, and build mock-up packaging samples. • Organized SHARP and NELSONIC current and full product line books. • Designs placed at Sam’s Club, Walmart (US & Canada), Target, BB&B, Office Max, K-Mart, Meijer, PCH and Dollar General. China Vendor Meetings and Factory Tours with M.Z.B: Face to face meetings with top industry clock vendors, packaging suppliers and sample makers: 2009-2010 • Reviewed current project line, released new opportunities to appropriate vendors and brainstorm new concepts. • Trend analysis and vendor scouting at the 2010 Hong Kong Electronics Fair. Walmart 2010 for M.Z.B: Managed a team of designers to create Clocks and Clock Radios for Walmart under the SHARP and NELSONIC Brands: 2009 • Designed 100% recyclable open-face corrugated packaging for submission, which was chosen by Walmart to use as their clock department’s packaging standard. • Received M.Z.B.’s clock divisions largest order to date with Walmart and chosen to be one of Walmart’s top 4 clock manufacturers. (Clocks still available in store and online 2014) GE Presentation for M.Z.B: Organized and directed a team of industrial designers to create innovative small electronics for a presentation with the GE Brand: July 2009 Play Along Toys: Product Development Intern and Showroom Manager: June 2004 to October 2004 Toy Fair 2004 Show Room • Responsible for all of tear down, hiring crew, buying supplies. Assisted in build and prep for opening day. SKILL STRENGTHS • Design: Understanding of materials, color and form. Trend analysis, strong conceptual brainstorming, product sketching and computer rendering. • Computer: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, iPhoto, iMovie, FileZilla and Web Servers. EDUCATION Pratt Institute; Bachelors of Industrial Design ’06 - Merit Based Scholarship and Dean’s List: ‘02 - ’06

Education

  • Pratt Institute

    • BID Industrial Design
    • 2002 - 2006

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Awards

Pratt Institutes Merit Based Scholarship:2002-2006, Pratt Institutes Dean’s List:2002-2006

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