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Design elegantly concieved and above all detailed with technical prowess and sophistication.
Summary: - 7 years experience designing progressive products. - Sound knowledge of all aspects of footwear design and development. - Thorough background of user-centered research, anatomy, and performance needs. - Strong organizational skills and ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks efficiently. - Knowledge of international fashion, consumer, retail and market trends. - Excellent presentation skills both visually and verbally. Background: American Skills: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop Sketching, Solidworks, Design, Development, Silversmith, Marketing, Entrepreneurship Education: Philadelphia University, Philadephia, PA, BS Industrial Design, 2002 - 2006 Professional Training: Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, Ca, Marketing, Economics, Metal Art, 2009 - 2010 Work Experience: AIRNESS, PARIS, FRANCE, July 2012 - Present Freelance footwear designer Responsible for rejuvenating AIRNESS footwear. End-to-end footwear design responsibilities. Developed line concept influenced by SoCal. HEART, PARIS, FRANCE, July 2012 - Jan 2014 Founder, Creative Director Created performance footwear to help kids’ to play comfortably and be happy. Sold-out at Bonpoint in Paris. ACI INTERNATIONAL, BEL AIR, CA, Sept 2010 - June 2012 Footwear designer for LA Gear, Starter and Champion Revived LA Gear brand with fresh and innovative point of view on footwear. Designed product to a varied array of marketing briefs. AMERICAN SPORTING GOODS, ALISO VIEJO, CA, Apr 2007 - Sep 2010 Footwear designer for AVIA, Ryka and Nevados Responsible for footwear product design from creation through production. Detailed drawings for upper, midsole and outsole mold specifications. Performed sample modification / quality control / shell-pattern revisions. Executed packaging for footwear projects: boxes, hangtags and graphics. Asia travel, product development, keeping projects within timelines. Freehand / digital sketching, digital rendering, graphics, and mood boards. Millions of pairs sold at retail from unique designs. PHILIPS DESIGN, ATLANTA, GA, Oct 2006 - Jan 2007 Industrial designer Contractor on B.I.C.S (Beyond Integrated Center Stack) project for GM. Served as lead in filming and documenting the creative process. Assisted in design and car installation and created a visual package to be used as a marketing tool for new clients. ADIDAS, PORTLAND, OR, May 2006 - Sept 2006 Footwear designer Full concept and development of casual shoes for new athleisure concept. Led initiative to explore new business opportunities within training category. Detailed Illustrations and color renderings of footwear upper / tooling. Designed adidas original lifestyle concepts geared towards young trendsetters. KARIM RASHID. INC, NEW YORK, NY, May 2005 - Aug 2005 Industrial designer Client projects I worked on include Horm, Artemide, Dirt Devil, and Method. Designed lighting, furniture, stick and hand vacuums and other home products. Designed coat hooks for Proper in Germany that went to production and sold at retail. Modeled / rendered ideas in Solidworks and prepared presentations for clients. CORY GROSSER DESIGN AND STRATEGY, PHILA, PA, Oct 2004 - Feb 2005 Industrial designer Assisted in design development through iterative sketching and modeling in Solidworks. Prepared technical furniture drawings for clients. Clients include Textus, MDF italia and Frighetto. Collaborations: NIKE, PORTLAND, OR SENIOR THESIS Prefab home gym. Collaborated with product designer Scott Wilson and other Philau students to design a new fitness system for the home. Volunteer Work: Maasai Village near Mtwapa, Kenya, Summer 2013. Assisted in concrete masonry and installation of lavatories for the community. Competitions: Cole Haan Luxury 1st prize, Summer 2011 Won first place in Cole Haan design competition in NYC for 30,000 USD prize. Introduced innovative technical direction for the company with futuristic uppers and outsoles with modern architectural details. Cotton Inc. Group project, 2nd prize, Spring 2005 Worked in a team with international design students to develop a marketing campaign to promote innovative products. Dyson Student design Competition: Group, Finalist, Fall 2004 Researched relevant technology. Made final design decisions. Helped create presentation materials. Created internal parts breakdown and manufacturing techniques. Executed storyboards of user scenario. Sketches focused on innovation. Publications: MilK - Le Magazine De Mode Enfant, Paris, HEART kids' footwear, featured 2013 DooLittle - Paris, HEART kids' footwear, featured 2013 Dezeen Online - Vase, featured 2012 Vfiles - NYC, Spray, Super Soaker Necklace, featured 2012 500 Silver Jewelry Design Book - Silver Ring Design, featured 2011 Dana Point Turkey Trot Newsletter - Featured Runners Thanksgiving, featured 2010 ConceptKicks Online - Footwear Concepts, featured 2010 The Carrotbox Online - Wysle Ring, featured 2010 Orange County Register - AVIA AVI-Bolt Design Process, featured 2010 Runners World - AVIA Tri-Athlete Footwear, featured 2010 Triathlete Online - AVIA footwear, featured 2010 Guangzhou Press ( Mainland China ) - interview, 2009 Orange County Business Journal - Ryka Design, featured 2009 VogueUK Online - Ryka Footwear Design with Kelly Ripa, featured 2009 Grazia, France - Ryka Footwear Design with Kelly Ripa, featured 2009 Elle - Ryka Footwear Design with Kelly Ripa, featured 2009 Women's Health - Ryka Footwear Design with Kelly Ripa, featured 2009 Shape - Ryka Footwear Design with Kelly Ripa, featured 2009 O, Oprah Magazine - Ryka Footwear Design with Kelly Ripa, featured 2009 Core 77 Online - Featured Portfolio, featured 2009 Car Design News Online - General Motors - Philips, featured 2008 I.D. Magazine Online - Adidas Wrist-Watch, featured 2007 Surface Magazine - NYC, Honorable Mention Nike Senior Thesis, featured 2006 Philadelphia Inquirer - Student Talent, featured 2004 Philadelphia University Magazine - Dean's List, featured 2003 Philadelphia University Magazine - Freshmen To Watch, featured 2002