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I enjoy all phases of the dynamic nature of design. I love following a process where design and user experience are not two separate things, but are integrated thoughtfully based on real - world research. I always look forward to new adventures, challenges and creative opportunities. Finally, travelling and spending time outdoors are two of my biggest inspiration resources in my personal and professional achievements.
YANINA LEVITSKAIA EDUCATION University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT B. S. in Industrial Design (GPA – 3.96 of 4.00) Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 2004 - 2008 Industrial Design STUDY ABROAD Sustainable Community Development/Architecture - Kefalonia, Greece (Fall 2006) -- Aided in the redevelopment of a village destroyed in an earthquake PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Independent Contractor ( Spark Design LLC, Meriden, CT Nov 2010 - date) -- Offer creative services pertaining to concept and product development on projects varying from packaging, to office products, to juvenile and medical categories Industrial Design Intern ( Product Ventures, Fairfield, CT May - Oct 2010) -- Executed ideas and aesthetics as appropriate to consumer and brand needs -- Analyzed market trends and conducted consumer research together with the strategy team to guide design direction and inspiration -- Visualized ideas through sketching (hand and tablet), Illustrator and Photoshop renderings, foam models, sketch models, and other mockups -- Implemented designs based on user and client-driven changes and refinements Design Intern ( PDMG - Nimlok|Orlando, Orlando, FL Summer of 2009) -- Worked with a client to source and design a mobile workshop environment with a focus on sports, health, and well-being -- Generated design themes and graphics for large format displays and fliers, newsletters, brochures, and business cards -- Modeled 3D environments for client trade shows and other promotional events Footwear Design Intern ( Jimlar Co., New York, NY 2008 – 2009) -- Pushed concepts through all phases: from ideation to production -- Developed ideas for running, hiking, water, deck, casual and fashion footwear -- Created concepts for samples manufacturing under very tight deadlines -- Researched and specified market-correct materials, colors, and trends -- Produced vector artwork for technical drawings, concepts, and renderings -- Provided support for commercialization, last engineering, pricing, and product development departments -- Supported designers and developers in maintaining the materials library COMPUTER SKILLS Adobe Suite CS5, SolidWorks, Autodesk Maya, Microsoft Office; experience with AfterEffects, Pro/Engineer, Rhino AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS -- Best Idea Award/Project Manager - Senior Studio consumer electronics project done under the guidance of Michael Laude, Design Director at Bose Corporation (2009 - 2010) -- 1st Place Award - Junior Studio group project done for and in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson (2009) -- University of Bridgeport Industrial Design Award: Portfolio-based Scholarship (2008 – 2010) -- Multi-cultural Achievement Program Scholarship: Essay-based (2004 – 2005) INTERESTS Traveling, reading, running, hiking, biking, skiing, cooking, new ventures
University of Bridgeport University of Bridgeport,CT