Hi! Nice of you to take a look... My name is Vikas and I am an Interior Designer with experience in the Retail and Exhibit industries. I have a previous business marketing background and have experience working with both small and large scale client projects across different disciplines and for varying budgets (aka. lots of experience and stuff, hence the "Dr." title I awarded myself!). Take a peek at my work, let's see if we can work together and, I can get to know you for a change... :)

Work Samples

  • Cleveland Indians Proposal

  • Ducati Exhibit Design

  • Graphic Work

Work History

  • Senior Interior Designer- Retail

    Responsible for design creation and implementation for various clients across multiple disciplines. Lead client work sessions, manage daily client interactions and, responsible for execution of deliverables and maintaining high level of design standards for maximum client ROI. Keep a vast knowledge of products and material applications and sustaining relationships with vendors and end users alike. Part of design team responsible for pitching and winning large amounts of work for company. Work well with many well respected industry professionals and have fun doing it.

  • Exhibit Designer

    Executed multiple designs and options for a wide range of clients. Had to conform to multiple show regulations yet still maintain strong level of design presence. Used 3D models to determine best viewing angles and placement of branding elements. Worked in a fast-paced environment with a small team of great designers and visionaries.

  • Environmental Graphics/Interior Designer

    • Vocon
    • Cleveland, OH
    • Nov 2009 - Jul 2010 (8 months)

    During an in-school internship turned long-term help, I had designed, created, and executed small and large scale graphics, interior and exterior renderings, edited photos, and developed concepts. I had the opportunity to learn a great deal about the daily designer and client interactions and put my schooling to use. This was the first time I realized I would be able to use my marketing background and design skills together.

  • Freelance Designer

    Short term contract opportunity to help on a specialty project to develop pitch materials to help secure large national client.

  • Designer

    Studied interior architecture and focused on commercial, retail, hospitality, specialty/creative environments. Learned invaluable lessons from successful working professionals including drafting and drawing, computer modeling and rendering, graphic design and typography. The program and school were heavily focused on artistic techniques, history, and the practices of producing stimulating visuals that convey design and intent.

  • Assistant Manager

    • U.S. Bank
    • Cincinnati, OH
    • Feb 2003 - Jun 2006 (3 years 4 months)

    While completing my BBA in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati I had been working part time as a teller at the local U.S. Bank and soon after, found myself being promoted thru the ranks to the point where I was the assistant manager of the third busiest branch in the state. As time passed and old passions re-emerged, I had to break up with the bank and pursue my changing heart. I didn't leave the company empty handed as, before I left, I stole a bunch of business expertise and the heart of a special young lady who is now my wife ;)

Education

  • Cleveland Institute of Art

    • BFA Interior Design; Glass
    • 2006 - 2010
  • University of Cincinnati College of Business

    • BBA Marketing, Real Estate
    • 2001 - 2005

Specialties

Affiliations

ASID, RDI, IIDA

Awards

** First Place 2013 IIDA Product Runway - Cincinnati, OH ** Multiple projects featured in design magazines/ARE awards ** Sharon Lynn Kumin Scholarship for Excellence in Interior Design (2009-10) ** Cleveland Institute of Art- Transfer Scholarship (4 years) ** Volunteer Artist in American Diabetes Association Celebrity Art Auction...
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