I am currently a designer in decorative accessories and product development at Pottery Barn Kids. I am always up for a challenge and work gracefully under pressure. I find it most satisfactory to be a part of the whole design process- from conceptual image research, to material investigations, and through design execution.
Super Shef Baking Set
Fossil watches-Feminine rock trend
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
School of Art + Design
Industrial Design BFA May 2010
Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti - Milan, Italy
Interdisciplinary Design Program Spring 2009
::Proficient in: Adobe Creative Suite CS5, Solid Works, Bunkspeed Hypershot, Microsoft Office, Model Making, Photography, Sewing, Empathic Research + Fieldwork, Leadership Skills+Teamwork
::Working knowledge of: Autodesk AliasStudio, Autodesk Inventor, iMovie
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. - Pottery Barn Kids | Assistant Designer | April 2011 - Present
::Work within the design team to research inspirations for new merchandise, assist with art direction, and create detailed 2D or 3D specifications for manufacturing. Communicate directly with overseas vendors to properly execute design intent and follow up with product revisions. Assist with presentations to merchants and the setup of seasonal lines for design visualization.
Niven Marketing Group | Freelance Designer | January 2011 - April 2011
::Worked inhouse with Art Directors to compose artwork and graphics for POP retail displays. Set up files for pre-press and production, attended press runs to ensure quality and accuracy.
J.Crew | Visuals Associate | Skokie, IL | October 2010 - March 2011
::Execute visual displays according to the corporate merchandising book. Provide customer assistance and maintain general appearance of the store.
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects | Chicago, IL | Intern | May - August 2009
::Conducted research on evidence based design for the firm’s business development. Presented the findings to the firm and compiled the research into bound book form for perspective clients. Built a scale model of a current 2,500 sq. foot project for client visualization.
School of Art + Design Lab Assistant | UIUC | Champaign, IL | 2008 - 2010
Industrial Design Studio
Exploring the field of industrial design by conducting research and observations through fieldwork, sketching, and CAD, and applying the outcomes to the design process. Participated in a comprehensive study involving students with disabilities; including fieldwork, empathic research, and product development and the National Housewares Competition, among other projects.
Semester Abroad | Interdisciplinary Design Program
Design studio in Milan, Italy. Combined interior, graphic, and industrial design studios. Participated in a comprehensive interaction design project; Became fluent in Italian culture and design lifestyle. Toured design studios and galleries weekly; exhibited in the Salone Del Mobile world design fair.
Seminar in Design - Autodesk Inventor + Alias Studio
Gaining hands-on experience using digital prototyping tools for modeling, visualization and animation. Developing a knowledge for Autodesk CAD programs in collaboration with engineering students to execute projects.
Human Centered Design
Developed a proficiency of human centered design and its connection to universal design and the user; followed case studies and worked on product development to demonstrate our findings.
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
::ID Senior Show Committee
:: Salone Del Mobile Exhibition-Milan, Italy
::Industrial Design Public Exhibition-UIUC
::Undergraduate Research Symposium Presenter-UIUC
::Disability+Relevant Design Exhibition-UIUC