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  • Mark Zavada

    Strategic Product + Industrial Designer

    Chicago, IL

I am currently seeking a creative position that is both challenging as well as rewarding. I have experience with strategic business growth through innovative product development, project management and consumer research methods. I am very enthusiastic about working within a collaborative team, in addition to learning new and exciting skill sets.

Work Samples

  • Messenger Bags

  • Outdoor Pack Ideation Sketches

  • Daypack Backpack Concepts

Work History

Mark Zavada markzavada@gmail.com 847.946.8268 EXPERIENCE MASCO Design; Chicago, IL 07.2011 – Current: Product Designer, Masco Cabinetry Group •Define, design and develop innovative product solutions across four Masco Cabinetry Group brands. •Lead and initiate consumer focused ethnographic research. •Identify and establish strategic market gap opportunities. •Create product through: brainstorming, sketching, rendering, illustration, CAD data, prototypes. •Collaborate with all facets of cross functional team within organization. •Actively execute development to meet key strategic business directives. •Contribute categorical trend data for departmental trend research. Sears Holdings Corporation; Hoffman Estates, IL 03.2010 - 07.2011: Technical Designer; Hardhome, New Technology & Innovation 06.2008 - 03.2010: Designer; Furniture, Lighting, Casual Furniture 08.2006 - 06.2008: Associate Designer; Kitchenware, Decor, Lighting •Research as well as implement new and upcoming material technologies into exclusive product for Sears and Kmart proprietary brands. •Create design concepts throughout development process from ideation through final production. •Create sketches, renderings and presentation boards for merchandising meetings. •Collaborate directly with both overseas and domestic vendor factory resources. •Collaborate with packaging, branding, trend, merchandising, signage, and sourcing teams to integrate new technology into customer focused assortment. •Gather, analyze and implement comparative market research and sales data. •Establish “Best In Class” product standards as per brand hierarchy. Joss Design Group; Chicago, IL 09.2005 - 08.2006: Freelance Designer 01.2005 - 07.2005: Junior Staff Designer •Collaborated in the design of products from consumer goods to industrial/commercial products. •Developed multiple projects from initial brainstorming through engineering and manufacturing. •Participated in multiple cost reduction and value designed projects. •Multi-tasked several projects simultaneously. •Independently collaborated directly with clients and vendor resources. SRAM Bicycle Components; Chicago, IL 07.2005 - 09.2005: Freelance Consultant •Collaborated with staff designers on pro/engineer modeling techniques. •Participated in product development work flow analysis. •Created product development work flow tutorial for use during product design training. •Participated in week long, third party, pro/engineer wildfire training session. Catalyst Product Development Group; Indianapolis, IN Summer/Winter Internship •Assisted staff designers and engineers throughout the design process. •Participated in the design and development of multiple product categories. •Participated in client meetings and concept presentations. EDUCATION •2004 Graduate: Industrial Design, Purdue University TECHNICAL Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchbook Pro, Pro/Engineer, Keyshot, Rhino, Cintiq format, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, Mac & PC format ACCOMPLISHMENTS •CAPS certified (Certified Aging In Place Specialist) •Judge: 2011 International Housewares Show Design Competition •Designs featured in publications such as: The New York Times, House Beautiful, Country Living & Ty Pennington At Home Magazine •IDSA Midwest conference sponsorship chair: Chicago, Wisconsin & Kansas Conferences •IDSA President, Vice President & Treasurer: Purdue University chapter •Team manager 2004 “48:2 design” competition; Purdue University •Recipient 2002 Delta Faucet chrome plating award INTERESTS + ACTIVITIES Cycling, Music, Automotive racing, Nature, DIY Projects, Athletics, Global exploration Mark Zavada References & Recommendations Available Upon Request


Purdue University West Lafayette, IN





• Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) •Judge: 2011 International Housewares Show Design Competition •Designs featured in publications such as: The New York Times, House Beautiful, Country Living & Ty Pennington At Home Magazine •Recipient 2002 Delta Faucet chrome plating award