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Product & Graphic Designer | Footwear & Accessories
I am an industrial designer with a five year experience in footwear and accessories designing for large companies (each of them owns more than 200 stores) in Central Europe. I am ambitious and a very hard working person, communicative and a quick learner. I always try to improve my work and never make the same mistake. The challenges that I have to cope with as a designer at every stage of work give me a lot of satisfaction and make my work a very pleasurable experience.
Big Star Jeans | Socks Collection SS13
Big Star SS13 Sunglasses Collection
09.2011 - 10.2012 Big Star Ltd. | Lead Footwear Designer (m/f) - introduction of systematic and continuous work process at designing and working up a line; - improving the quality and the image of products made by a licensee using uniform branding of clothing and introducing the divisions on the appropriate lines; - based on sale analysis, local and foreign markets, branch fairs, I've made files of market observations useful for the employer (net special pages and blogs); - better selection of materials, finishes, prints and adapting to the market trends and the brand needs; - shoe furniture designs (BSL) for multi-brand retail shops (wholesale); - unification and standardization of packaging system; - attempts to predict the ambiguities in the documentation and adjusting the difficulty level of the design for contractors; - reduction of costs by: * lesser number of packages sent to factories, thus joining efforts with other company's departments; * reducing the number of portfolio samples for more accurate selection of designs and patterns to be repeated; * cooperation with nominated suppliers for accessories and fabrics; * improving work organization within the department and appropriate division of work (designer, buyer, planner); - my greatest achievement in this company was the implementation all of the above processes to cooperate with the licensee responsible for the preparation of footwear and its further development. - after the implementation of my projects, the sale increased and the costs dropped down. 08.2010 - 09.2011 OTCF ltd. (4F, FOB, Outhorn) | Senior Footwear and Accessories Designer (m/f) - introduction of footwear in the brands 4F and FOB; - quality and image improvement of accessories in the brands 4F, FOB and Outhorn; - design of shoes and accessories collection for the Polish Olympic Team - London 2012; - design of accessories for the Polish Ski Association; - design of accessories and custom car graphics for RMF Caroline Rally Team; - design of accessories for Polish ski jumping stars: Adam Malysz and Kamil Stoch; - redesign of some brand marks such as: Innertech membrane or BSS (breathable sole system); - cooperation with Safillo SPA (the owner of the brand Carrera) in the design of helmets and goggles for Polish ski jumpers; - supervising the entire project cycle from the concept to approval for production; - introduction of nominated fabric suppliers (design sets), which reduced the costs, work and sampling time, and standardization of collection; - support and care of younger designers in the department; - team work involved in the preparation of design strategy of brands owned by the company; - travel to footwear, apparel fairs and allied factories; 04.2008 - 08.2010 Artman S.A. / LPP S.A. (House Brand) | Footwear and Accessories Designer (m) - quality and design improvement of men's footwear and accessories; - introduction of new products: sunglasses, underwear, electronic gadgets (headphones and watches); - designing of new moulds for: outsoles, metal and plastic accessories; - helping to build a collection: preparation of complex inspiration, demand, reports on competition and customer expectations (monitoring of social networks); - designing graphics, packaging, branding and accessories for the needs of the department; - organization of fabrics and accessories swatches ,outsoles, insoles and accessories catalogues; - exacting seasonal material catalogues based on our inspirations from the company's main suppliers; - shopping trips in search of new trends, travel to clothing and footwear fairs; - constant analysis of sales - close cooperation with the Product Manager, Buyer, Planner and Collection Director; - presentation of conceptual designs and colour combinations to the Managerial Staff; - documentation of selected concepts (with attention to details, purchase prices, manufacturer's technical capabilities and forecast of possible problems during sampling; - solving problems arising during sampling; - sample evaluation and their approval for production; - selection of product image for showrooms, magazines and marketing photos; 02 - 04.2008 Digital Outdoor | Animation & Graphic Designer - creation of different types of animation and commercials for big broadcast screens in the largest Polish cities; - creation of marketing materials: brochures, leaflets and visual communication elements. 09 - 12.2007 Wojas S.A. | Junior Footwear Designer - helping designers and technologists to create footwear collections (developer); - designing seasonal graphics for the needs of the design department; - help to create proto-samples; 05-07.2007 Wojas S.A. | Intern Footwear Designer - complete preparation of footwear designs for diploma project: sketches of uppers, outsoles, selection of materials, colours, finishes and accessories; preparation of patterns, sewing and gluing the uppers with outsoles.
- Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Faculty of Industrial Design (2002-2007) - Tomas Bata University in Zlin / Czech Republic, Faculty of Multimedia, Animation and Footwear course (2006)