Mary Lenehan Design & Creative consulting
2007 - Present (15 years)
Highly skilled children's product designer & illustrator specializing in fashion-forward soft goods, collectibles, children's, home and lifestyle categories.
Strategic licensed & proprietary brand development via product and packaging.
In depth knowledge of market & manufacturing systems with understanding of materials, techniques, safety regulations & production issues.
Illustrations published in trade journals, cloth books, news print, on products & packaging.
Informed rendering that minimize barriers in understanding.
Efficient, focused collaboration 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)
Created innovative interactive soft books for infants & toddlers.
Integrating licensed properties and original, proprietary designs in new formats for mass market. Licensors including: Fisher Price, Sesame Workshop and Garanimals
Start to finish concept development and 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.
Lead Designer on Kid Classics, Lamaze, Felt Kids and Lamaze Books lines
Rehkemper I.D., Chicago
1991 - 1996 (5 years)
Successful senior designer in invention & development of toy & game concepts for major manufacturers.
Key contributor to invention of Giga Pets licensed to Tiger Electronics
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.