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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.
EDUCATION: The Ohio State University - Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design. University of Wisconsin - Stout - 1997-1999 Majored in Graphic Design for 2 years. Inver Hills Comm. College - 1995-1997 - attended college during high school for 2 years. Additional Professional Software Training Completed in: SolidWorks, Adobe Photoshop advanced course, Adobe Illustrator advanced course, & Adobe InDesign. EMPLOYMENT: GF Design - Bloomington, MN - Current - Freelance designer specializing in a wide array of creative services, including graphic & industrial design, retail design, concept sketching, web design, movie making, and more. http://www.GretchenFleener.com O&E Design Group - Minneapolis, MN - March 2007 - April 2008 - Principal. Designer and Principal/co-founder of Object & Environment Design Group. Design firm specializing in product and environmental design, focusing on all aspects of new product development, as well as exhibit design, retail design, and environmental design. Best Buy Corporation - Richfield, MN - July 2003 - March 2007 - Display Designer. Designed store fixtures for Best Buy stores, the leading consumer electronics retailer in the U.S. Key responsibilities included concept generation, 3-D computer modeling, development of engineering drawings for prototyping, value engineering without compromising design intent, choosing and working with vendors, traveling to oversee store implementation, attending meetings and presenting concepts to internal clients, staying within budget, tracking shipments of fixtures, working cross-functionally with internal teams to develop seamless solutions for business teams & retail. Design Central - Columbus, OH - Sept to Dec 2002 - industrial design intern. Worked alongside product designers, graphic designers and engineers on several real-world projects for Moen, Whirlpool, and others. I was involved in project meetings, idea generation, presentation, and concept sketching. The Procter & Gamble Company - Cincinnati, OH - Jan to Mar 2002 -Industrial Design co-op in Beauty Care department. Worked on product and packaging designs for Cascade, Olay, Secret, and Crest. Included concept sketching, marker rendering, presentation, 3D foam modeling, 3D computer modeling, and working with design firms. The Procter & Gamble Company - Blue Ash, OH - June to Sept 2002 - intern, Baby Care department. P&G asked me to return for a second internship, and I worked in a new department at a new location. Worked on brands including Pampers, Kandoo, and Crest. Work and experiences included Concept sketching, 3D modeling, presentations, design firm tours, and a business trip to Boston to work with a design firm for two days on prototypes. The Scotts Company - Marysville, OH - June to Sept 2001 - intern, Creative Services Department. Responsible for graphic design work on a new product launch, including photography, product store display, point-of-purchase materials, instruction booklet, product graphics, sell sheet design, and more. Re-designed an existing bottle for Miracle-Gro, was involved in the design of shipping and display packaging design for various seed spreaders, attended catalog photo shoots, press approvals, etc. Paintertainment - Owner, online retail as well as professional face painting entertainment for children's parties, carnivals, corporate events, and fairs. (http://www.paintertainment.com) Junk Mail Gems - Owner, online retailer of unique gifts, handmade out of recycled junk mail. (http://www.junkmailgems.com) AWARDS AND RECOGNITION: Deans List every quarter/semester of college from 1995-2003 Girl Scout Silver Award & Gold Award Graduated Magna Cum Laude 2003 (Ohio State University) Featured on DWR Champagne Chair Contest Poster 2004 "Most Fun" award 2004 IDSA National Conference's Nike Derby competition "Most Fun" award 2005 IDSA National Conference's IBM Derby Competition Honorable Mention in DWR Champagne Chair Contest 2005 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: IDSA, Member since 2004 President of IDSA-MN Chapter 2006-2008 Minnesota Inventors' Network, Member since 2007 COMPUTER SKILLS: SolidWorks (professional training) Adobe Photoshop (advanced professional training) Adobe Illustrator (professional training) Adobe InDesign (professional training) Quark XPress Microsoft Powerpoint Macromedia Dreamweaver iMovie, iDVD
Ohio State University, Department of Design University of Wisconsin - STOUT