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  • Donald Works

    Industrial Designer

    Charlotte, NC

Work Samples

Work History

  • Product Design and Development Lead

    Build coordinated collections of private brand products across seasonal living categories.
    Collaborate with merchandising, sourcing, trend, store environment, marketing and vendor teams
    to deliver product assortments which combine both core and trend-specific items that feel fresh and
    new while continuing to drive sales.

    ■ Define and manage product design timeline for patio furniture, outdoor fashion and replacement
    cushions product groups

    ■ Create new product designs and guide vendors throughout the product development process

    ■ Work with cross-functional team to define multi-year strategy and product lifecycle through
    market research, study of historical sales, illustrations of Lowe’s and competitor product lines

  • Sr. Product Design Specialist

    Designed new products for seasonal living categories in support of overall style coordination
    and merchandising goals.

  • Lead Designer

    Designed and developed complete furniture collections for Summer Classics and Parker James
    brands, as wells as private label product for clients including Restoration Hardware, Frontgate,
    Smith & Hawken, Thos. Baker and Home Decorators Collection.

    ■ Manager of design team for both outdoor and indoor product lines

    ■ Design and engineering for dozens of new products each year

    ■ Considerable time spent developing new products with manufacturers in the U.S., China, Thailand,
    Vietnam, and Mexico

  • Product Development Manager

    Responsible for planning and execution of product development cycle including research, concept
    and technical drawings, sourcing, sample production and directing photoshoots.

  • Industrial Designer


  • Auburn University

    • Bachelor of Industrial Design Industrial Design
    • 2001 - 2006

    Summer Classics corporate sponsored design project - Designed new products for high-end outdoor furniture line Playcore corporate sponsored design project - Designed new products for mass-produced playground equipment Interface, Inc. corporate sponsored design project - Designed tool for use during installation of carpet tile flooring AU Program for Students with Disabilities sponsored project - Developed corporate identity and new signage for university campus



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