Creative and enthusiastic product designer looking for an exciting job opportunity in the bay area. Experienced in the design and development of soft goods. Additional work samples can be provided by email: pkaluzna@yahoo.com Specialties: -Trend and market research -Concept sketching and ideation -User-centered design -Computer rendering -Form development and prototyping -Presentation and storyboarding -Experienced in design and development of soft goods, graphics and patterns (textiles) -Able to prepare detailed cads and factory artwork for new and existing items -Experienced in the use of Adobe Creative Suite, Keyshot and Alias Sketchbook Pro -Enjoy working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment -Design development and managment

Work Samples

  • Bags - Sketches

  • Bags

  • Meal Carriers

Work History

EXPERIENCE Product and Graphic Designer/Development Manager, AllergyApparel.com - November 2012 - Present -At Allergy Apparel we design and develop unique and hip products for children and adults with food allergies. The company is small, consisting of only two people – CEO and a designer/manager. As the only designer I conduct research, predict trends and costs, sketch, design products and graphics, create technical drawings and ready print art as well as oversee development and manufacturing processes. Our new line of products will now be made entirely in USA. Mid-Level Product Designer, Travelon, Elk Grove Village, IL - October 2011 - May 2012 -OEM Consultancy for lifestyle and sporting goods and an industry leader of travel products and accessories. Worked in an interdisciplinary team consisting of designers and researchers to design and develop various products for private labels as well as for Travelon Brand. Some of the clients included: QVC, Magellan’s, Sportsman’s Guide, Franklin Covey and American Traveller. Junior Designer, California Innovations/Arctic Zone, Chicago, IL - December 2008 - October 2011 -Member of the development team for the world’s largest producer of soft-sided, insulated products. Products included: backpacks, messengers, cooler bags, lunch bags, hydration bottles and diaper bags. Finalized products for companies such as Target, Walmart, Amazon, Food Network, Columbia Sportswear, Rachel Ray Brand, Disney and Nickelodeon. Managed multiple projects at once along with a daily correspondence with Chinese manufacturers throughout the entire design process. Product Designer, Interdisciplinary Product Development at UIC for DELL - August 2009 - May 2010 -Worked with a group consisting of product designers, engineers and researchers in order to identify market opportunities for Dell and provide a design solution for an electronic device from concept to completion. Honoree Judge, International Housewares Association, Chicago, IL - March 2009/2010 -Chosen among students to work with a team of professional designers in order to determine and award most innovative products of 2009 and 2010 presented at the International Housewares Show. EDUCATION University of Illinois at Chicago - Bachelors of Fine Arts in Industrial Design - 2006 - 2010 Dean’s List - 9 semesters 2010 Class Rank - Top 10% GPA 3.8/4.0 AWARDS Graphic of the Year Award, California Innovations/Arctic Zone, Chicago, IL - May 2010 Lunch bag graphic “Skull’n’Roses” was selected by the company as the most popular of the year. UIC Merit Award Nominee, Chicago, IL - April 2010 -Selected by Industrial Design faculty at University of Illinois at Chicago as a potential candidate to represent UIC at the Midwest Conference of Industrial Design Society of America in Milwaukee on April 16, 2010. Gold Medal Recipient, All City Art Exhibit, Chicago, IL - March 2006 -Recognized by the jury for outstanding achievement in visual arts among young and talented individuals. Awarded golden medal for the work “Peekaboo Boy” - pen and ink on paper. SKILLS Trend and Market Research - Concept Sketching and Ideation - Computer Rendering - 3D Prototyping Presentation/Storyboarding - Working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE Mac OS - Windows - Adobe Creative Suite - Keyshot - Solidworks - Alias Sketchbook Pro - Microsoft Office INTERESTS Snowboarding - Photography - Drawing/Painting - Dance - Travel LANGUAGES English and Polish

Education

  • University of Ilinois

    • BFA in Industrial Design Industrial Design
    • 2006 - 2010

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA

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