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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
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.
Worked for different companies on a per project basis. Products covered corporate premiums, seasonal decorations, gifts and housewares.
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 project management for 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 created small enterprises who went on to become successful subcontractors and exporters.
Conducted trends research used by exporters in the Philippines and members of WFTO-Asia. Developed natural materials innovations and transferred technologies to manufacturers. Among the materials developed were water hyacinth sheets and rubberized corn husk.
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.
Developed commercially-successful seasonal decors, gifts, stationery, and home accessories sold in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the USA.
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.
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.
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.
Finished Advanced Training Program in Industrial Design under a scholarship grant from the Cari Duisberg Gesellschaft, e.V. in Germany. Course covered 15-months on 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.