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Bedford, United Kingdom
Hi, I'm a toy designer/inventor from the UK.
In the recent past I've worked for Little Tikes and Mookie Toys.
I'm currently travelling the world! (starting Oct 2013). Please get in touch if you're interested in my work, although I may not be available for a while.
Baby Product Concepts
Pull Along Garden Turtle
Senior Toy Designer
Sep '11 - Sep '13
Senior Toy Designer at Mookie Toys, handling the whole process of development for many different types of toy, from concept to production.
Brand new concepts
I have managed and conducted every stage of the process, including:
- Research of market trends and figures
- Brainstorming, ideation and sketching
- Development to hit budget
- Model making
- Focus group testing
- Engineering and 3D
- Contract, supplier and Far East factory price negotiations
- Cost reduction
- Electronics development and sound recording
- Graphic design
- Photography shoots
- Recruitment of new employees
I have travelled to Hong Kong to meet and manage Chinese factories directly. I have also attended the major Toy Fairs in London and Nuremberg.
Toy Design Intern
The Little Tikes Company
June '11 – August '11 (3 months)
I interned with world-renowned Little Tikes in Hudson, Ohio as their first-ever international design intern.
Within the design department I was given many different tasks which helped develop all of my design and business skills, including sketching and modelling.
Working with world-class designers who have worked for all the major toy companies including Fisher Price and Hasbro, I was able to learn many techniques and skills that I will help me for years to come.
May '10 – May '11 (1 year)
Junior toy designer at Mookie, home of Swingball and Smart Trike.
I was given the responsibility of creating brand new toy concepts and developing existing lines. I have developed toys that will hit stores next year!
Junior Design Engineer
September '06 – September '07 (1 year)
I worked as a Design Engineer in the engineering department of Inductotherm, a world-leading furnace manufacturer. I designed various parts for metal-melting furnaces in Solidworks and AutoCAD.
Amongst my responsibilities was creating Engineering Drawings and 3D CAD files for production of metal furnaces. I also liaised directly with the president of the company in America to produce a 5-yearly exhibition show in Germany.
- BA Product Design
- 2004 - 2008