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Freelance Product and Identity Designer
With over 14 years experience, I've worn a lot of hats. From senior product designer to freelance designer, art director to sample maker, toy tester to illustrator, college professor to fine artist, each experience has invigorated my creative skills. At the core of these experiences is a talent for all things visual; focused in the areas of product and identity design.
You can also view my work and here more about kids design at www.maririchardsdesign.com and www.smallforbig.com.
Soft Goods - Product Design
Hard Goods - Product Design
Concepts - Product Design
2006 MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design(MCAD), Minneapolis, MN
1997 BA, Studio Art, Cum Laude, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
1997 BM, Piano Performance, Cum Laude, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
1996 Semester Abroad, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
1990-1993 PSEOA full-time, University of Minnesota, Morris
2006 Twin Cities Photoshop Users Group Workshops, Minneapolis, MN
2006 College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, Boston, MA
2004 Teaching Seminar, MCAD, Minneapolis, MN
2002 Photoshop for Pros, Seminar, Minneapolis, MN
2001 The Big Idea: Creative Brainstorming Seminars, Minneapolis, MN
2006-2009 Senior Product Designer, Manhattan Toy, Minneapolis, MN
1998-2004 - Designed over 400 toys for international specialty toy manufacturer with reputation for innovative, high-design gifts for children.
- Designs have won over 30 industry awards.
- Managed product development process from trend research, concept development, and vendor development into production. Includes significant experience working with Asian vendors.
- Managed summer internship program.
- Mentored Associate Designers.
- Developed and managed freelance and inventor resources.
- Collaborated with multiple outside clients including Target, DwellStudio, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Discovery Channel, Samï¿½s Club, Costco, Cirque du Soleil, Dr. Seuss and others for licensed and custom product opportunities.
1998-Present Freelance Designer, Product, Identity, and Web Design
2005-Present Faculty - MCAD, Minneapolis, MN
Courses Include: 3D Foundations, Transcending Materials in 3-D
2007-2008 Mentor ï¿½ College of Design Mentor Program, University of Minnesota
2005-Present Faculty - Foundations Studies, College of Visual Arts(CVA), St. Paul, MN
Courses Include: 3D Design Principles, Introduction to Digital Media, Digital Design with a focus in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, and QuarkXpress
1999-2005 Faculty, Globe College and Minnesota School of Business, Richfield, MN
Courses Include: Drawing Concepts, Art in the Modern World, Design Fundamentals, Intro to Adobe Photoshop, Intro to Macintosh, Senior Portfolio Development
2004-2006 Teaching Assistant, MCAD, Foundation 3-D Studies, Minneapolis, MN
2004 Instructor, Destination 2010 Scholars workshops, MCAD, Minneapolis MN
2006 Volunteer - Arty Pants, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2005-2006 Representative ï¿½ Student Activities Council Executive Committee, MCAD, MN
2004 Mentor, MCAD Mentor/Intern Program with Manhattan Toy, Minneapolis, MN
2004 Mentor, St. Olaf College Center for Experiential Learning, Northfield, MN
2002 -2009 Over 20 fine art exhibitions including 5 solo art shows with local, national, and international art galleries. List available upon request.
Over 30 competitive toy industry design awards won for personal designs:
2008 Toy Directory and TD Monthly Magazine's Top Toys, Puzzibits
2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, Baby Stella
2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal Award, Groovy Girls Super Nova Sofa
2003 TIA Specialty Toy of the Year, Groovy Girls
2003 TIA Girl Toy of the Year, Groovy Girls
2003 Gold Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Dr. Seuss Hand Puppets
2002 3-Star (out of 3 possible) Award, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Enchanted Garden Fill & Sprinkle Watering Can
2002 Gold Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Hullabaloo Hand Puppets
2002 Hot Picks Toy Award, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, Groovy Girls Lush Loft
2002 Childrenï¿½s Choice Award, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Groovy Girls Lush Loft
2002 3-Star (out of 3 possible) Award, Canadian Toy Testing Council , Groovy Girls Lush Loft
2002 3-Star (out of 3 possible) Award, Canadian Toy Testing Council , Ziggles
2002 Best Toy, Right Start, Groovy Girls Outrageous Auto
2002 Gold Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
2002 Gold Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
2001 Recommended Winner, Parentï¿½s Choice Awards, Hullabaloo Hand Puppets
2001 Best Travel Toys, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Hullabaloo Hand Puppets
2001 Childrenï¿½s Resources Honor Awards, NAPPA, National Parenting Publications Award ï¿½ Enchanted Garden Fill & Sprinkle Watering Can
2001 Platinum Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
2001 Most Innovative Product Line, Learning Express
2001 Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Award, Family Fun Magazine, Groovy Girls
2001 Platinum Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Wimmer Ferguson Flopsters
2001 Childrenï¿½s Media Awards, Parentï¿½s Guide, Lilydoll
2001 Platinum Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Lilydoll
2001 Gold Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Lilydoll
2000 Dr. Toyï¿½s 10 Best Childrenï¿½s Products, Lilydoll
2000 Dr. Toyï¿½s 100 Best Childrenï¿½s Products, Lilydoll
2000 Recommended Winner, Parentï¿½s Choice, Lilydoll
2000 Gold Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, My First Photo Album
2000 Gold Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Soft Stories
2000 Gold Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Enchanted Garden Shapes
2000 Gold Seal Award Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Enchanted Garden Mini-Mobile
2000 Dr, Toyï¿½s Best Childrenï¿½s Vacation Products
2000 Platinum Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Jungle Boogie Hand Puppets
Minneapolis College of Art and Design