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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, Silversmith 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. 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 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 design internship 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 design internship 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 design internship Assisted in design development through iterative sketching and modeling in Solidworks. Prepared technical furniture drawings for clients. Clients include Textus, MDF italia and Frighetto.