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  • Nick Shorten

    senior designer at roost

    Off the Grid, CA

Established reputation as a highly motivated and engaged design professional. Team-oriented as well as a self directed and strategic-thinking employee. Able to quickly and thoroughly gain expertise in a product design field and integrate new information with existing knowledge. Specialties: • Design drawing and rendering • Concept development and innovation • Prototype and fabrication • MAC OS, Adobe Suite, CAD • Graphics and Packaging

Work Samples




Work History

  • Senior Designer

    • roost
    • Dec 2008 - Present (8 years 10 months)

    Product Design, trade show architecture, Graphic design, Packaging, Engineering, Catalog layout, Photography, Appearance models, Visual display, Visual merchandising and business.

  • Graphic Designer

    • LIBRA Ltd.
    • Oct 2008 - Jun 2009 (8 months)

    Developed graphic design concepts and visual presentations for US clients such as recreational equipment giant, Thule and American shoe company, Converse. Carried out concepts to production.

  • Freelance Designer

    • LOOM inc.
    • Aug 2007 - Sep 2008 (1 year 1 month)

    Developed and designed a new line of starting children’s furniture that embraces function and versatility using the highest quality fabrics and original prints.

  • Designer, Pottery Barn- Hard Goods

    • Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
    • Jun 2006 - Sep 2008 (2 years 3 months)

    Successfully managed and developed new ideas and profitable core products for the brand in the following categories; Home Renovation, Window Hardware, Bed&Bath, Fireplace, Games&Gift, Trim, Wall décor, and the Outdoor accessories department.

  • Design intern, Pottery Barn, Furniture & Lighting Dept.

    • Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
    • Jun 2006 - Mar 2007 (9 months)

    Was recruited for the high profile Furniture and Lighting department at Pottery barn. Learned the ins and out of an extremely fast paced design environment. Projects ranged from generating production quality Vellum specs for lighting, concept sketching for occasional furniture and helped create the look and feel for the Fall & Holiday 07 presentations. Worked under very tight deadlines with high expectations. Learned the importance of presenting a clear “point-of-view”. Produced very creative and relevant projects with little direction.

  • Visual Sales & Merchandising

    • The Container Store
    • May 2001 - Jun 2006 (5 years 1 month)

    Specialized in “Visual Sales”, product sales, product merchandising and Elfa closet design planning for the premier shelving and drawer systems company. Developed long lasting relationships with customers and business partners.

  • Sponsored Project

    • Gaia & Gino
    • Nov 2005 - Mar 2006 (4 months)

    Based in Istanbul, Turkey. Developed a conceptual line of high-end pet products. Worked closely with Steven Holt and Yves Béhar developing a new propriety line of integrated travel accessories for the dog.


  • California College of the Arts

    • B.F.A Industrial Design
    • 2001 - 2006
  • Central St. Martins College of Art & Design

    • United Kingdom, Study Abroad Industrial Design
    • 2004 - 2005





Creative Achievement Award. Outstanding portfolio and academic record. Graphic Design 2001. California College of the Arts.