09/06/91 Born in Yugoslavia and raised in New England, Benjamin is a Croatian-American designer with a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is primarily interested in the symbolism of archetypes and materials, and how methods of construction can inform objects' narrative. Benjamin's work has examined the use of modern materials and manufacturing techniques to re-create traditional forms, and the new histories that arise from these representations of the past. A recent graduate, he continues to work on a variety of different projects, both personal and professional. He welcomes any advice or feedback for life after graduation, or just a note to say hi. ben@benjaminkicic.com bkicic@risd.edu

Work Samples

  • Cafe Chair

  • Tilt-Top Table

Work History

EXPERIENCE Steinway & Sons Collaborative Studio Fall 2012 Collaboration with Steinway creating and designing a limited run piano for possible production. Paul Loebach Design Studio / Brooklyn, NY Design Intern - Summer 2012 Assisted with the design, development, and prototyping of products. MOO.com / Providence, RI Marketing / Design Intern - Summer 2011 Focused on both competitor analysis and assisting marketing planning for product launches. Analyzed consumer trends. Edited main webpage to reflect changes discovered in research. Prepped and assembled marketing proposals, delivered information via presentations to staff. Utilized Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign to design and print a set of branding material including business cards and promotional items for various clients. Providence City Hall / Providence, RI Arts Culture Tourism Intern - Summer 2010 - Spring 2011 Provided support to Providence’s Art, Culture and Tourism department. Served as the AC+T office receptionist, city website event editing, social media outreach, grant/funding research, prepped venues for events, general office work. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Hillel Gallery Project Student Committee / Providence RI - 2010-2011 Organized and curated exhibits by Brown and RISD students, as well as local and international professional artists. Woodshop, Metalshop Monitor / RISD, Providence RI - 2011, 2012 Assisted students in the use of wood and metal machinery and construction strategies. Teaching Assistant / RISD, Providence RI - 2010 - 2011, 2011-2012 Foundation Drawing II teaching assistant for Johnathan Slyvia, Sophomore Studio II for Dale Broholm . SKILLS Computer Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, SketchUp, Auto-Cad. Skilled in Rhino, Solidworks, Arduino, html, css, cursory knowledge of javascript, Blender. Artistic / Studio Proficient is architectural draftsmanship and modelmaking. Extensive knowledge production methods, plastic forming, bent lamination, steam bending, wood, metal.Skilled sculptor. Experienced with wide range of woodworking and metalworking techniques, machines and hand tools. Well versed in prototyping, final production, and presentation. Competent photographer. Personal/ Organizational Able to thoroughly research, organize and manage projects from concept to production. Self-disciplined, comfortable with deadlines, detail-oriented and interpersonal. Excellent communication abilities, friendly, and hardworking. Consistant process documentation. Reliable in achieving group objectives.

Education

  • Rhode Island School of Design

    • BFA Furniture Design
    • 2009 - 2013

Specialties

Awards

Tage Frid Design Award / Excellence in Design / 2013

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