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  • Gretchen Fleener

    Industrial Designer & Momtrepreneur

    Mound, MN

I have a wide range of experience, designing everything from products themselves, to the graphics that represent them, the packages they are sold in, the store fixtures they are displayed on, and the overall retail environments they reside in. My professional goal is to apply the design process across the board, in a way that includes all stakeholders in the life of a product and in the end leads to increased sales and a positive user experience.

Work Samples

  • Retail Design

  • Product Design

  • Fine Art

Work History

  • Principal

    • GF Design
    • Apr 2008 - Present (9 years 8 months)

    Currently my clients are utilizing my unique blend of graphic and industrial design skills for retail fixture/display design, instruction booklets for fixture installation, illustration, product design, printed materials, product photography, photo manipulation, and more.

  • Creator/Designer

    • Junk Mail Gems
    • Oct 2006 - Present (11 years 2 months)

    Founder of Junk Mail Gems (www.JunkMailGems.com), online web retailer and creator of gift items hand made out of recycled junk mail. Currently my products are also available in multiple retailers across the US, Canada, the UK, and the Caribbean. Has been seen featured in magazines, books, dozens of blogs, newspapers and Fox news.

  • Owner

    • Paintertainment
    • Jun 1995 - Present (22 years 6 months)

    Paintertainment offers professional face painting at company picnics, birthday parties, carnivals and fairs, done by myself and the ever growing number of independent artists whom I hire out to represent my company. I also offer private sessions for prenatal belly painting, Halloween costumes, and theater makeup.

    Paintertainment's online retail store carries hundreds of professional quality face painting supplies and ships to customers around the globe.

    I have personally created and managed every aspect of the business from the ground up, including the company identity, website design and maintenance, product photography, inventory management, monthly e-newsletters, and 3 self published books.

  • Principal / Co-Founder

    • O&E Design Group
    • Nov 2006 - Apr 2008 (1 year 5 months)

    Principal & Co-founder of Objects & Environments Design Group, LLC. Minneapolis based design firm specializing in both product and environmental design. Projects have included product design, retail and exhibit design, graphic design, and new product development for a wide range of clients, large and small. Responsible for financial aspects of the company, also involved in all other aspects including design work, project management, marketing, and general business housekeeping.

  • Display Designer

    • Best Buy
    • Jul 2003 - Mar 2007 (3 years 8 months)

    Store fixture designer...work with internal clients to generate concepts, design and develop 3D models and drawings for production, choose vendors to produce prototypes, travel & overnight store visits for installation.

  • Industrial Design Intern

    • Procter & Gamble
    • Dec 2002 - Mar 2003 (3 months)

    Intern with Baby Care team, did concept design work (sketching, foam models, presentation) for Pampers, Kandoo, Crest Spinbrush.

  • Industrial Design Intern

    • Design Central
    • Sep 2002 - Dec 2002 (3 months)

    Intern at design consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio. Worked on concept generation, modeling and sketching for clients including Whirlpool, Moen, and others.

  • Industrial Design Intern

    • Procter & Gamble
    • Jun 2002 - Sep 2002 (3 months)

    Intern on the beauty care team at Cincinnatti headquarters summer 2002. Worked on package designs for brands including Crest, Olay, Cascade, & Secret.

  • Industrial Design Intern

    • The Scotts Company
    • Jun 2001 - Sep 2001 (3 months)

    Designed many elements for an upcoming new product launch (EdgeGuard seed spreader), including illustrations for instruction books, corrogated shipper displays for retail, product sell sheets for catalog, catalog photo shoots, and instructional graphics and logos applied to the product. Also re-designed a bottle for Miracle Gro liquid plant food, shipper/display for handheld spreaders, mailers, etc.


  • The Ohio State University

    • BS Industrial Design
    • 1999 - 2003
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout

    • Graphic Design
    • 1997 - 1999



IDSA (Minnesota Chapter Chair 2006 & 2007)


Girl Scout Gold & Silver Awards Graduated Magna Cum Laude 2003 DWR Champagne Chair Poster 2004 "Most Fun" award 2004 IDSA Nike Derby competition "Most Fun" award 2005 IDSA IBM Derby Competition Honorable Mention in DWR Champagne Chair Contest 2005