Experienced product and graphic designer providing services in the following areas: GRAPHIC DESIGN - user experience UX / UI, user interface, brand identity, logos, brochure, catalogues, leaflets, other marketing materials PRODUCT DESIGN - consumer electronics, furniture, footwear, soft goods, home products, medical equipment TRANSPORTATION DESIGN - automotive (exterior and interior), boats, yachts, bicycles, motorcycles, components (rims, tires, other).

Work Samples

  • Automotive | Mitsubishi

  • Automotive | Interior

  • Automotive | Exterior

Work History

  • Product Designer, freelance & contract

    • Boyan Design
    • Aug 2008 - Present (9 years 2 months)

    I have worked on numerous projects for corporate clients, SMEs, and small start-ups. My exposure to different industries and businesses has allowed me to give creative input in various areas - from user experience, brand identity, and product development, to process optimisation, people management, and strategic business decisions. I have been able to achieve this because of my broad design experience and entrepreneurial vision.

    Past projects:
    • Graphics, UI/UX Design – designed website wireframes, web-based games, magazines, pre-press and print materials
    • Samsung Design Europe – developed a series of flip phone concepts targeting the female user (3D modelling, SLA prototypes)
    • Converse shoes – developed innovative shoe concepts, redefined their design language
    • ASSA shoes – redesigned part of the collection and highlighted opportunities for new products, made final prototypes
    • La-Z-Boy recliners – designed remote controls for recliners (concepts, CAD, prototypes, liaised with engineers, and manufacturers)
    • Booz Allen Hamilton – worked with furniture manufacturers across EU to designed new models for their collections

  • Design Manager / Project Manager / Sourcing Specialist

    • The Sofa & Chair Co Ltd
    • Feb 2011 - Jun 2016 (5 years 4 months)

    • Managed, recruited and trained new designers for the CAD Team and the Creative Department
    • Lead the product development, launched new products, and prepared trend reports to direct the design team
    • Created and implemented new systems, procedures and quality control measures across various departments
    • Assessed and approved all orders which required outsourcing of non-standard parts (metal cups, metal trims, special finishes, etc.)
    • Liaised with external suppliers to ensure parts are delivered on time, cost-effectively, and to the required quality
    • Modelled sofa frames in SolidWorks, conducted site visits, liaised with interior designers and end-clients
    • Designed numerous marketing materials (incl. the 1st company catalogue), improved the online UX through website improvements
    • Maintained a database of more than 2,000 products (technical description, dimensional drawings, photography, 3D files)

  • Industrial Designer

    • Insight Product Development
    • Jul 2006 - Jul 2008 (2 years)

    • Designed consumer products, medical devices, soft goods, and safety equipment (walkie talkie, tablet pc, baby stroller, nail gun, protection gloves, eyewear, electrode patches, pen digitizer, etc.) and presented the ideas to clients
    • Managed interns, and team projects
    • Analysed competitors and complementary products; conducted evaluative user research
    • Worked closely with engineers and factories to ensure products' manufacturability

  • Contract Shoe Designer

    • ASSA Shoes
    • Jul 2007 - Dec 2007 (5 months)

    • Developed shoe concepts and prepared them for production (from initial sketches to making the patterns by hand and overseeing the manufacturing process)
    • Selected colors, material, and patterns

  • Industrial Designer

    • La-Z-Boy
    • Jul 2005 - Jan 2006 (6 months)

    • Designed three remote controls for power recliners
    • Managed all aspects of the project – developed concepts, mock-ups, CAD-models, and final prototypes: communicated with engineers, suppliers, and manufacturers

  • Design Intern

    • Converse
    • Jun 2005 - Jun 2005

    • Brainstormed and sketched innovative concepts

  • Graphic designer and prepress developer

    • GRADINA Magazine
    • May 2003 - Jul 2003 (2 months)

    • Developed the graphic design of the magazine and numerous advertisements

  • Graphic Designer

    • Code Assistance
    • Mar 2003 - May 2003 (2 months)

    • Created graphic layouts for interactive web-based bingo and other games

Education

  • College for Creative Studies

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts Industrial Design
    • 2003 - 2006

    Product and Automotive design classes. Graduated with honours.

  • Technical University, Sofia

    • Bachelor in Science Industrial Management
    • 1999 - 2003

    The degree focused on how to run or setup a new manufacturing or services oriented company. The course of studies included subjects such as Finance, Law, Warehouse Systems and Warehouse Management, People Management, Business Ethics, Technical Drawing, Practical Manufacturing experience and more.

Specialties

Awards

1st Place - Umbra U+ Competition Best Futuristic Design - International Furniture Competition 2nd Place - Nitto Tire Contest

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