Mary Lenehan Design & Creative consulting
2007 - Present (14 years)
Highly skilled children's product designer & illustrator.
Specializing in soft goods, children's & novelty products. Licensed & proprietary brand development of all product types and their packaging.
In depth knowledge of market & manufacturing systems.
Understanding of materials, techniques, safety regulations & production issues.
Excellent illustrator, published in trade journals, cloth books, news print, products & packaging.
Concise rendering that minimizes barriers in communications.
Experienced, dynamic speaker in presentation to diverse groups large and small.
Efficient, focused communicator & collaborator with colleagues, vendors, clients, specialized & cross-functional teams.
Think-positive motivator; focused on actionable results.
Sr Design Manager
May 2017 - Jul 2020 (3 years 2 months)
Design, Presentation, Art direction & Project management of one of a kind & collectible gift ware. Direct to consumer Prod Dev model independent of annual cycles. Licensed properties in Entertainment, Lifestyle and Art sectors including Disney (Harry Potter, Princesses, Star Wars, et al), Anheuser Bush & more. Contributing to all aspects of PD/mfg/marketing via art direction of product design, adv photography & layout.
Art & Design Director
2008 - 2011 (3 years)
Produced interactive soft books for infants & toddlers.
Integrating licensed properties and original, proprietary designs in unique, new formats for mass market.
Start to finish concept development, collaborating with all stake holders in process.
Product development, R&D, art direction, external resources, editorial review, licensing approvals, project management, packaging design, POP & sales support.
1997 - 2006 (9 years)
Senior design leadership across 13+ brands & licenses focused on high quality, developmental, contemporary products for children.
Rehkemper I.D., Chicago
1991 - 1996 (5 years)
Successful senior designer in invention & development of toy & game concepts for major manufacturers.
1988 - 1992 (4 years)
Core member of small invention group. Developed patentable new toy & game concepts for major manufacturers. Active involvement in all aspects of presentation, communications and operations.
Marvin Glass & Associates
1987 - 1988 (1 year)
Ideation & development of toy & game concepts for major manufacturers. Prototype & concept art for presentation.