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Email - zoe.wodarz@gmail.com Design Portfolio Website - zoewodarz.com Zoe Wodarz PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE DESIGNER (FREELANCE) - Saint Paul, MN (August 2013 - Present) Product Designer / Senior Graphic Designer / Surface Pattern Designer Specialties: Trend research & development, vendor presentations, graphic design, illustration, surface design, pattern design, product ideation, product design / development, and product packaging. MADE FOR RETAIL (MFR) - Saint Paul, MN (Feb 2012 - August 2013) Product Designer / Senior Graphic Designer / Surface Pattern Designer Created product design and small gift item development for seasonal markets. Collaborated with design team in the creation and execution of trend research, trend based vendor presentations, product ideation, product development, original surface design / pattern development, packaging style guides, final digital art with production specs, packaging and presentation mock-ups. Assisted the US to Canada translation process including - file prep and reformatting of digital art. Developed a comprehensive template for new production packaging standards. Collaborated in the design of new business workshop vendor materials - including PowerPoint presentation and data related graphics. MIDWEST / CBK, Cannon Falls, MN (Sept 2009 - Feb 2012) Product Designer & Production Design Holiday giftware design with a focus on ornaments, trim, decor, and tabletop product categories. Collaborated with design team in the creation and execution of product concepts, original surface design & pattern development, final digital art and production specs. DEPARTMENT 56, Eden Prairie, MN (2005 - Nov 21, 2008) Assistant Product Designer (August 2006 - Nov 21, 2008) Assisted in the design and development of Department 56 seasonal giftware with a focus on trim, decor, and tabletop product categories. Collaborated with design team in the creation and execution of product concepts, original surface design, final digital art and production specs. Researched trends and assisted in the development of seasonal trend presentations. Other responsibilities included providing graphic design and production assistance to external designers and preparing overseas trip collateral. Key Accomplishments - - Created Monster Halloween line for 2009 introduction. Responsible for overall concept, icon and pattern development, product design and specifications for final art.- Increased departmental awareness of industry trends through websites/blogs, magazines, and discussion to facilitate product research.- Helped create new digital template for final art and design specifications as well as related design support tools. Key Attributes - - Efficient at turning around a high volume of projects in a given timeframe.- Consistently dependable at anticipating and meeting deadlines.- Highly creative and flexible when rendering digital art in diverse styles for various product types.- Enthusiastically resourceful in finding product inspiration, material reference, and new innovations to assist the creative process. Assistant Production Artist (December 2005 - August 2006) Assisted Senior Product Designer in a variety of design projects and related tasks. Created computer production of digital art and prepared final specs for vendor transfer of art. Supported the design team in creative and project development. NICHE RETAIL, Minneapolis, MN (2005) Web Graphics Designer Created seasonal graphics for 15 retail websites while managing collection and correction of all website photography. Redesigned company logo and branding after developing an environmental impact mission statement presentation and trend research. Developed industry knowledge and attended demonstration seminars on all products. CREATIS, Minneapolis, MN (2004 - 2005) Staffing Specialist Worked with MN companies to staff temporary creative talent for clients such as: Best Buy, Target, Marshall Fields, Medtronic, Fairview, and Power Sentry. Managed online newsletter, monthly billing spreadsheets, reformatted employee resume standards, created online employee forms and managed all portfolio photography. Developed increased business communication skills with talent and clients. GOODTHINGS, MN (2003) Designer and Merchandiser Created store signage, packaging, promotional collateral and product displays. Worked extensively on secondary location store decor and store opening events. Managed staff teams to prepare and move all stocked inventory to new store location. Received training as a gift buyer and seasonal planner. ANTHROPOLOGIE, Edina, MN Temp Position (2001) Designer/Merchandiser Produced interior display and merchandising for store opening. COMPUTER EXPERTISE Proficient in Adobe Suite for PC and Mac operating systems Adobe Photoshop CS6 & CC - Adobe Illustrator CS6 &CC - Adobe InDesign CS6 &CC - PowerPoint - Word - Excel - Adobe Acrobat - Evernote - Pinterest EDUCATION MINNEAPOLIS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, MN 2002 - 2003 Post-Bac Program, GPA 3.8 Post Baccalaureate Certificate Visualization Program in marketing, advertising, and design. Instruction in: Advertising Account Management, Marketing Concepts and Analysis, Advertising Design, Typography, Packaging Design, Illustration and Project Planning. DREW UNIVERSITY, NJ 1996 - 1999 BFA Major: Studio Art and Environmental Studies Teaching Assistant - Art Department Additional College Credit: 1995 - 1999 Drew University - Contemporary Art Semester Program, NJ Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Summer Program Art Institute of Chicago, IL - Summer Program Scripps College, CA - 1995-96 National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Idaho and Arizona wilderness leadership program

Education

Minneapolis College of Art and Design - additional post - bac degree Scripps college, Drew university, Minneapolis college of art and design, RISD, Art institute of Chicago

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Awards

My clients include: Target, Colette and Blue, Department 56, Midwest-CBK, Kohls, Macy's, International Arrivals, DCI-gifts, RPI, and Demdaco.

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