Highly skilled and experienced product designer with a proven track record in developing a wide variety of commercially-successful products. Have worked in fourteen countries, building a more global understanding of market requirements, various materials, factory capabilities, cultural taste, and product needs. CORE QUALIFICATIONS • Exceptional ability in product design for tabletop, home décor, gifts, Christmas trim, fashion accessories, furniture, soft home, and toys. • Compelling designs for exhibition stands, trade fairs, and visual merchandising including planning, construction, and set-up. • Strong graphic design skills for packaging, stationery, corporate identity, and marketing collaterals. • Adept in dealing with international buyers and vendors for product development and production requirements. Liaises all activities from start to finish, undertaking multiple tasks simultaneously. • Extensive experience in natural materials development focusing on innovative uses and sustainability encompassing the whole value chain. • Thorough knowledge and experience in fair trade, entrepreneurship development, and production methods including planning, costing, quality control, and training. • Proficiency in CorelDraw, 3D Studio Max, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, MS Office, and craft-related skills such as painted finishes, paper-making, resin lamination, moulding and casting, and various multi-media prototyping

Work Samples

Work History

  • Sr. Product Designer

    • Scentsy
    • Meridian, ID
    • Sep 2015 - Present (9 months)

    Sr. Product Designer at Scentsy. Responsible for design development of wax warmers and other fragrance delivery products/accessories made from porcelain, glass, metal, and other materials.

    Scentsy Fragrance is a direct selling company and international leader in fragrance, offering a variety of home and personal fragrance products. The simplicity and value of its flagship product, scented, wickless candles heated in decorative ceramic warmers, provides a better alternative to burning wicked candles. Scentsy Fragrance products are sold through a network of Independent Consultants running home-based businesses throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.

  • Independent Designer

    • Freelance
    • Middlesex, NJ
    • Feb 2015 - Sep 2015 (7 months)

    Worked for different companies on a per project basis. Products covered corporate premiums, seasonal decorations, gifts and housewares.

  • DESIGN CONSULTANT

    Developed commercially-successful products sold in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the USA to buyers such as Crate and Barrel, Pier 1, Anthropologie, Target, Hobby Lobby, Body Shop, IKEA, Raeder Wohnzubehoer, Drescher, Artfleur, Gisela Graham, Paperchase, Mindart, and Myer.

    Undertaken intensive livelihood development programs in Asia sponsored by the World Fair Trade Organization Asia (WFTO), USAID, ILO, Swisscontact, SDC-Asia, Oxfam Great Britain, EEC/EU, and GTZ. These projects were aimed in the development of small to medium enterprises to make them competitive in the domestic and global markets.

    Conducted design trends research used by the export industry. Developed eco-materials such as water hyacinth and corn husk sheets and transferred technologies to manufacturers.

  • PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

    • Filbamboo Exponents, Inc.
    • Quezon City, Philippines
    • Jul 2011 - Dec 2014 (3 years 5 months)

    Created internationally award-winning bamboo-based snacks, the first of its kind in the world. Led the development of food variants, package and label design, marketing collaterals, and exhibitions.

  • PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT HEAD

    • Galleria Crafts, Inc.
    • Manila, Philippines
    • May 1996 - Oct 2013 (17 years 5 months)

    Developed commercially-successful seasonal decors, gifts, stationery, and home accessories sold in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the USA.

  • LEAD DESIGN CONSULTANT

    Assisted more than 20 companies in Asia covering almost 50,000 artisans in developing market-oriented designs, with many of the products successfully penetrating the mainstream market. Contributed to the continuous success of products bought by fair trade buyers such as SERVV, Ten Thousand Villages, Traidcraft, Artisanat SEL, and Oxfam.

    Successful project management for product development, skills upgrading, and entrepreneurship training programs which improved competitiveness of members.

  • CHIEF DESIGNER AND BUYING AGENT

    • Frank and Schuster OHG
    • Aglasterhausen, Germany
    • Apr 1995 - May 1998 (3 years 1 month)

    Developed commercially successful designs and expanded product lines of company to the floral and gifts markets. Introduced new products, vendors, and undertaken exhibition and showroom designs in Europe. Big buyers included IKEA, Karstadt, Yves Rocher, and Body Shop.

  • INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

    • Product Development & Design Center of the Phil. (PDDCP)
    • Pasay City, Philippines
    • Jun 1988 - May 1996 (7 years 11 months)

    Designer for gifts, house ware, furnishings, decorative accessories, holiday decors, fashion accessories, ceramics, basketry, toys, textile-based products, and leathergoods. Underwent training and study missions on product design, marketing, and production in the Philippines and Europe (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom). Traveled extensively around the Philippines for design-related projects and successfully assisted small producers who became established exporters.

Education

  • Carl Duisberg Society (now GIZ: German Society for International Cooperation)

    • Postgraduate Certificate ADVANCE TRAINING PROGRAM IN INDUSTRIAL PRODUCT DESIGN FOR DESIGNERS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
    • 1993 - 1994

    Completed an Advanced Training Program in Industrial Design under a scholarship grant from the Cari Duisberg Gesellschaft, e.V. in Germany. Course covered 15-months of design skills development, projects, seminars and workshops, visits to trade fairs, buyers, design studios, museums, and a 2-month practicum with two German manufacturers: Behr Moebel and Ursula Maier Werkstaetten.

  • University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

    • BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Industrial Design (Cum Laude)
    • 1984 - 1988

Specialties

Affiliations

World Fair Trade Association -Asia (WFTO-Asia) International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (Inbar) Carl Duisberg Association of the Philippines (CDAP) National Council of Industrial Designers of the Philippines (NCIDP)

Awards

October 2013 BEST SELLING PRODUCT Manila FAME International October Edition (Philippines) Product: Loomwoven Water Hyacinth Bags and Purses September 2013 MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT (HOUSEWARES CATEGORY) Sikat Pinoy National Handicrafts Fair (Philippines) Product: Ferris Wheel Photo Frame Holder (Bamboo and Rattan) May 2012 BEST BUSINESS PLAN AND TRIPLE BOTTOMLINE AWARD 5th Business in Development Challenge Philippines Oct. 2010 GRAND PRIZE FOOD CATEGORY: BAMSNACKS...
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