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

  • EDPA: Designers Challenge 2012

  • BROADWIND 60x120

  • IRDETO 20x20

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 / Full 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)

    Lead Designer and Creative Director for large German based, International Exhibit Design and Build firm. Managed a team of eight designers on projects ranging from traditional exhibit design through fully custom RFP bids exceeding $12M in scope. Developed and streamlined internal systems and process flow for the Design Department; collaborated with Sales and Production to achieve company and department objectives. Worked closely with production teams to achieve intended effects and quality between concept and show floor. Direct client interaction and ongoing relations to foster new project growth. Continue to hone forward vision on software and construction, as well as style and trends outside and within the industry.

  • Industrial Designer - Contract

    • Dyson
    • Chicago, IL
    • 2010 - 2011 (1 year)

    Specialized talent utilized for retail environments and in-store displays for the DYSON brand.

  • Industrial Designer - Contract

    Specialized talent utilized for series of projects for large scale retail environments. Projects include New Department Design for Best Buy and User Experience development for others.

  • Sr. Exhibit Designer

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

    Senior level designer for custom trade show and exhibit firm. Responsible for new concept development, execution and client service.

  • Sr. Exhibit Designer

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

    Senior Designer for design consulting firm. Created and developed over 200 original concepts for Custom Exhibit Industry. Specializing in high-budget custom exhibits and events.

  • Industrial Designer

    • 2-Scale
    • May 2004 - Nov 2006 (2 years 6 months)

    Generated new ideas, concepts, and sales materials for creative production company specialized in Design and Production for Resturant, Retail, Exhibit.

    First project: Magic Wok Resturants; re-branding, design interior+exterior

  • Industrial Designer

    • Tailford Mitchell
    • Apr 2004 - Nov 2006 (2 years 7 months)

    New Product Development and Packaging Design: Frozen Food and Beverage Industry. Responsible for new product creation, related packaging and graphics. Clients included: Snapple, Disney, Yopliat..

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 - 2000

    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: 2007,2008,2009,2010, 2011 Event Design Magazine: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

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