Senior CAD Designer (Print and Pattern)
Apr 2014 - Present (8 years 1 month)
Design print/pattern for multiple departments.
Same work as previous CAD Designer position with the added responsibilities of:
Balance print budget for department
Order CAD print supplies.
Pilot new software programs.
Track and update Print Chart and email to vendors weekly.
Accountable for print selling.
CAD Designer (Print & Pattern)
May 2012 - Present (10 years)
CAD/Hand render bought & original artwork in full-repeat to be production ready (sometimes with limited information) expert understanding of print design and application into apparel end-use.
Design print/patterns for 8 different departments including Woven Tops, Knit Tops, WTW Separates, Casual Separates, Dresses, Active, Lane Collection, and Accessories.
Proficient in Kaledo Print/Knit/Weave, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop.
Assist in creating Line Sheets that illustrate a seasons color and print story.
Present at weekly print meetings & contribute in selection of brand/season appropriate prints.
Communicate visually to design teams the print patterns and concepts.
Adhere to the vertical calendar in regards to artwork package & presentation print board deadlines. Know the key meetings & processes involved for each deadline.
Upload approved prints into Product Lifecycle Management system.
Research runways for print inspiration.
Knowledge of color separating artwork for production.
Past Projects include:
-Developing a Retail Landscape presentation shown at Concept meetings.
-Calibrating CAD Epson printers for accurate RGB color matching.
-Matching RGB’s to fabric standards to create a CAD color palette each season.
-Communicate clearly, concisely, timely & professionally.
-Listens well to others; a team player & a healthy competitor.
-Decisive & support print decisions with facts & analysis.
-Demonstrate a strong work ethic and strong organizational skills to complete multiple tasks and projects within deadlines.
-Provide leadership to employees & peers to grow an environment of continual training & development.
Owner Operator/Graphic Designer
Aug 2009 - Present (12 years 9 months)
Personal Baggage is a side project I created where I design graphic tee's that promote animal welfare. We work closely with local rescues in Ohio by volunteering, fostering, donating and spreading the word on animal rights issues such as adoption and breedism through our tees. We have a strong local presence in Columbus, Ohio. We sell our shirts in various storefronts in Central Ohio and online. Personal Baggage is a way for me to use my craft and give back to my community. (www.personalbaggagestyle.com)
May 2010 - May 2012 (2 years)
Manage and maintain the intimate apparel color approval process for all solid lab dips and bulk submits.
Review all intimate apparel strike-offs for design, layout, registration and color approval.
Strategically develop the Cacique color palette with IA Director.
Create the color cards for Lane Bryant and Cacique that are distributed internally and to our external partners.
Match RGB's to all color standards for the entire company to be used in CAD artwork.
Assist in designing additional CAD projects using Ned Graphics.
Ability to deliver superior work within strict deadlines.
Attend monthly selling meetings to review product selling in order to better understand the customer's needs.
Assistant CAD Designer/Colorist
Lane Bryant; Cacique
Sep 2008 - May 2010 (1 year 8 months)
Created original designs, prints and patterns for all IA product categories that were right for our customer.
Partnered with Design on the print assortment for each season, ensuring designs were in line with key trends based on seasonal concept meetings.
Worked with Sr. CAD Designer to purchase "inspiration" artwork from print sources.
Conducted research for print trend ideas for multiple seasons.
Reviewed solid lab dips, bulk submits daily, and some prints.
Communicated with vendors daily to clearly indicate approvals or changes needed.
Lane Bryant; Cacique
Jun 2007 - Sep 2008 (1 year 3 months)
Assist in print/pattern design to follow seasonal trend for intimate apparel using Nedgraphics.
Create original designs with direction; Help create color trend and print boards and order color standards for seasonal concept.
Reviewed solid lab dip and bulk submits daily.
Assistant Product Manager Internship
Redcats USA, Roaman's
Feb 2007 - May 2007 (3 months)
Assisted Product Manager with product development for the Wear To Work and Dresses departments.
Participated in meetings to show new product lines for various seasons.
Created spreadsheets to illustrate current and previous sales, including `top sellers' for our department.
Prepared showroom samples and fabric swatches for tech packages.
Created and Updated product information into the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system.
Apr 2005 - Aug 2006 (1 year 4 months)
Exceeded sales goals on a consistent basis.
Assisted with floor sets and visuals.
Reviewed inventories and processed shipments.
Awarded “Top Seller” multiple months.
Visual Merchandiser/Assistant Buyer Intern
Aug 2004 - Mar 2005 (7 months)
Experienced in fashion show production for multiple seasons.
Styled photo shoots for marketing purposes.
Created and designed floor plans and window displays leading to a more unique and personalized environment.
Implemented a marketing plan to increase store traffic and sales to local customers.
Assisted store owner to California Market Center and L.A. Fashion District to purchase apparel and accessories for boutique which lead to a successful selling season.