I am serious about fun! 10+ years of toy design, packaging, graphics and illustration for top brands like Nickelodeon, Disney and Barbie. Working with companies large and small throughout the world, I approach every job with enthusiasm, and the excitement of new opportunities around each corner. Specialties: Toys and consumer products, concept sketches, illustrations, fully rendered presentations, turnarounds, graphics, packaging (original or style guide) and product photography, logos, design management. Portfolio: http://www.coroflot.com/monkeydoodledandy

Work Samples

  • Illustration

  • Packaging

Work History

  • Adjunct Instructor

    • Fashion Institute of Technology
    • New York, NY
    • Feb 2011 - Present (3 years 2 months)

    I work with the senior Toy Design students to complete their original stories, illustrations and layouts for their children's books class.

  • Creator of Squaredy Cats

    • Monkey Doodle Dandy
    • Jan 2009 - Present (5 years 3 months)

    Squaredy Cats are about personality, mood and expression! Licensed as plush by Gund and Kids Preferred, Squaredy Cats were sold at Toys R Us and Build-a-Bear, as well as on-line and from specialty retailers. https://www.facebook.com/squaredycats

  • Owner/Creative Manager/Co-Head Honcho

    • Monkey Doodle Dandy
    • May 2004 - Present (9 years 11 months)

    Toy design, concepts, sketches, renderings, Illustrator, Photoshop, graphic design including packaging & logos, illustration, design management.

    Clients include:
    Fisher Price
    Spin Master
    Basic Fun
    The Bridge Direct
    Creative Kids
    Scholastic Books
    Funnivation
    NY Game Factory
    Tara Toy
    Well Made Toys
    Kurt Adler
    Happy Hands
    Gotham Gazette
    BeTuitive
    Kappa Books
    Snuggie Toy
    Repco Asia
    INI Games
    Milk and Honey Shoes
    Small Planet Digital
    Inkology

  • Staff Designer (in-house temp)

    • Fisher Price
    • Feb 2013 - Feb 2014 (1 year)

    - designed and product managed on several brands including Dora the Explorer and Mickey Mouse
    - daily communication with overseas offices and factories
    - worked closely with content, packaging, media and marketing departments
    - regularly presented concepts and product updates to upper management
    - hired and directed vendors
    - attended weekly licensor meetings

  • Staff Designer (in-house temp)

    • Fisher-Price
    • Oct 2005 - Aug 2006 (10 months)

    - designed and product managed on several brands including Backyardigans, Dora and Blue's Clues
    - communicated daily with HK offices and China factories
    - hired and directed vendors
    - attended weekly licensor meetings

  • Staff Designer (in-house temp)

    • Fisher-Price
    • Nov 2004 - Apr 2005 (5 months)

    - designed and product managed primarily on the BBC line, Little Bo
    - communicated daily with HK offices and China factories
    - hired and directed vendors
    - attended weekly licensor meetings

  • Art Director

    • Tara Toy
    • Nov 1999 - May 2004 (4 years 6 months)

    - internal promotion from senior designer to art director
    - responsible for team of 5 full-time designers, plus freelancers and interns
    - lead on design of product and packaging
    - oversaw final look of product, packaging, art and media
    - directed, cast and styled all photo shoots
    - designed trade show booths
    - communicated with, and traveled to, Asia
    - communicated with licensors

  • Designer

    • idea factory
    • May 1998 - Nov 1999 (1 year 6 months)

    - designed licensed toys and premiums, plush and plastic (incl. Spider Man, Toy Story, Meanies, etc)
    - assisted on photo shoots and design of trade show booths

Education

  • Fashion Institute of Technology

    • BFA Toy Design
    • 1996 - 1998
  • Syracuse University

    • BFA Illustration
    • 1989 - 1993

Specialties

Affiliations

Women in Toys, Freelancers Union, Coroflot, Behance

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