I love the excitement of developing ideas from inception through tangible success; with all the steps in-between. And for the last ten years, exhibit design has been that medium. The design process, sketching and ideation are key elements I enjoy, but I also like to produce away from the desk. And I've found great satisfaction in working with clients, support teams and fabrication to bring exciting, functional and compelling ideas into existence. My world is at the intersection of Marketing, Design and Reality. Within that confluence I've designed water-parks and spatulas, crafted teak furniture, sold exhibits, managed budgets and teams, sourced truck loads of gummy bears, and a thousand other details that make the circus happen. I love finding solutions to design, budgets, logistics, and technical constraints. Overcoming those challenges is when I find my self at my best and most energized. DESIGN FOCUS: Brand-Driven Architecture / Exhibits / Environments / Retail / Restaurant / Hospitality SKILL SETS: Creative Team Direction / Design Process / CAD / 3D Studio Max / Micro-station / Adobe Suite / MS Office BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Client Prospecting and Sales / Proposals + Presentations / Budget Management DESIGN PASSION: Architecture / Furniture /Housewares / Outdoor Products / Toy Design / Hands-on Fabrication / Sculpture

Work Samples

  • IRDETO 20x20

  • AutoTrader

  • Pentax 50x90

Work History

  • Creative Director

    Creative and Strategic Consultation; Providing original creative concepts for top sales leaders. Custom B to B Design Service for new RFP bids & project proposals. Including Sketches / Renderings / Site Plans and Presentations.

    Industries of Focus: Exhibit | Hospitality | POP | Architecture | Product | Fashion Retail | Restaurant
    www.ewertdesigngroup.com . 312.860.3141

  • Creative Director

    • Expotechnik
    • Atlanta, GA
    • Mar 2013 - May 2014 (1 year 2 months)

    Nationally recruited to lead as Creative Director and Lead Designer for large German based, multi-national exhibit producer. Managed team of eight (8) designers (2D+3D) on projects ranging from singular exhibit design through fully custom RFP bids exceeding $12M in scope. Developed and streamlined internal systems and process flow for the Design Department; including software and fabrication. Collaborated with Sales and Production teams to achieve leadership driven objectives. Leadership & oversight of production teams to achieve intended effects and quality between concept and show floor. Pitched concepts to clients and developed relations for growth. Project managed speciality items. Continuous research of styles & trends outside and within the industry. Reported directly to Executive VP.

  • Industrial Designer - Contract

    Speciality talent contracted for in-store display program for the DYSON brand product lines. Worked closely with brand managers and N. American brand strategy members to create retail and distributor focused selling platforms. Responsibilities covered concept sketches and renders, in-house presentations, material sourcing and project management

  • Industrial Designer - Contract

    Speciality talent contracted for multiple ‘Big Box Store’ rollouts for new market segments. Including BEST BUY, Home Automation Department. Responsibilities included research, ideation and process sketches, custom brand architecture development, (UX) user interaction studies and presentation development within team environment.

  • Sr. Exhibit Designer

    • Lewellen & Best Exhibits, Inc.
    • Chicago, IL
    • 2008 - 2009 (1 year)

    Senior Designer, servicing six (6) Account Executives for custom exhibit design proposals. Industries served include Wind Energy, Foot Ware, Medical Equipment, Event & Hospitality

  • Sr. Exhibit Designer

    • Core Design Group
    • Chicago, IL
    • Nov 2006 - Aug 2008 (1 year 9 months)

    Nationally Recruited to develop custom experience and exhibit architecture for specialized design consultancy. Created over 200 original custom concepts in under two years, including $4million winning design for MEYER at International Housewares Show. Numerous magazine profiles and high percentage concept-build ratio. Designed for most Top 50 exhibit builders.

Education

  • College for Creative Studies

    • _ Industrial Design
    • 2003 - 2003

    Course work in Illustration, Rendering, and Concept Development

  • Art Institute of Colorado

    • B.A. Industrial Design
    • 2000 - 2003

    Graduated w/ Honors - Winter 2003 // Deans List, all years attended // Cardboard Derby 2003 - Director / Producer Senior Thesis- Green / Alternative Sporting Products

  • University of Toledo

    • B.B.A Business, Marketing
    • 1996 - 1999

    Major: Business Administration & Marketing for Industry; Minor: Art & Design

  • University of Cincinnati

    • Art & Business
    • 1994 - 1996

    DAAP Foundation program, w/ College of Business focus

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA, EDPA, ASMT, YEO

Awards

EDPA Midwest Designers Challenge 2012 Exhibitor Magazine: Various Project Spreads Event Design Magazine: Various Project Spreads

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