A multi-faceted designer with over four years experience in the Accessories Industry. Specialties: Styling, Brand Appropriate Design, Product Illustration, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Marker Rendering, Ideation, 3D Form Development, Fabric & Leather Construction, Trend Boards, Design Specifications for Manufacturing, Design/Trend Research

Work Samples

  • Pandanus Lounge Chair

Work History

  • Designer International Jewelry Division

    • Guess?
    • Apr 2013 - Present (1 year 3 months)

    Responsible for concepts, creating designs of over 350 SKUs yearly in Illustrator and Photoshop, technical drawings, sample comments and assembling prototypes for Guess Women’s, Gc and Guess Men’s Jewelry and Accessory Lines. Work with Product Development Managers and Vendors on comments during the sampling process. Develop products for Strategic Marketing Initiatives. Ensure timely development of collections, follow SKU counts and design groups to meet target costs. Research competitors, new materials, and trends. Travel Europe/Asia to trade shows such as Basel World Fair for design inspiration.

  • Associate Designer International Jewelry Division

    • Guess?
    • Jan 2011 - Apr 2013 (2 years 3 months)

    Collaborated with Design Director on concepts and designed seasonal collections for Guess Women’s, Gc and Guess Men’s Jewelry. Worked closely with Product Development team to ensure designs and quality standards were met. Maintained detail records by creating digital libraries of parts, logos and techniques. Attended international sales meetings in Europe/Asia seasonally to present collections and for design inspiration.

  • Freelance Jewelry Designer

    • Jones Apparel Group
    • Oct 2010 - Dec 2010 (2 months)

    Worked with Senior Designers to develop designs and technical drawings for Givenchy and Nine West Jewelry Lines. Conceptualized new product, prepared design presentations that included illustrations, color and material direction.

  • Handbag and Jewelry Design Intern

    • Gap Inc./Banana Republic
    • Jun 2010 - Aug 2010 (2 months)

    Collaborated with Senior Designers and Design Directors in both handbag and jewelry categories to develop designs in a fast paced studio.

    Responsibilities included: researching competitors and trends, sketching designs, creating renderings in Illustrator and Photoshop, preparing presentations, creating color ways, patterns, prints and spec sheets.

  • Footwear and Soft Goods Thesis Project

    • Paul Frank Industries
    • Aug 2009 - Dec 2009 (4 months)

    Designed a line of Men’s and Women’s Footwear and Soft Goods under the guidance of Paul Frank Industries. Prepared flat sketches, patterns, color ways and prototypes.

  • Freelance Footwear and Packaging Designer

    • Schering-Plough Healthcare Products (Dr. Scholl's)
    • Aug 2009 - Sep 2009 (1 month)

    Sketched concepts for Women’s Footwear and Accessories. Presented detailed sketches, user scenarios, mood boards, trend, fabric, trim and color directions. One concept was approved for further development within the company.

  • Industrial Design Intern

    • Philips Design
    • Jan 2009 - Jul 2009 (6 months)

    Developed concepts and prototypes for wearable medical devices and bags. Worked with an interdisciplinary team of trend and color strategists, industrial designers, and engineers. Collaborated with Senior Designers to prepare flat sketches and technical packages. Generated mood boards and color stories based on trends.

  • Design Fundamentals Teacher's Assistant

    • North Carolina State University
    • Aug 2008 - Dec 2008 (4 months)
  • Art Teacher

    • Sterling Montessori Academy
    • Aug 2005 - Aug 2007 (2 years)

    Taught art using the Montessori Method to Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Created multiple lesson plans a week involving art history & design fundamentals. Managed the daily activities of an Assistant Teacher.

Education

  • North Carolina State University

    • Master of Industrial Design
    • 2007 - 2009
  • North Carolina State University

    • Bachelor of Art and Design
    • 2000 - 2005
  • NCSU Prague Institute

    • Animation
    • 2004 - 2004

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA

Awards

- Guess Color Chic Leather Bracelet featured in SMODA, January 2013 - One Good Chair Design Award, 2008 - Excellence in Art + Design, 2005

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