Freelance Industrial Designer
Liz Bentz Design
Feb 2012 - Present (9 years 4 months)
Deliver various design services to clients including market research, competitive/user analysis, rapid ideation sketching, 2D/3D renderings, prototypes, testing mock-ups & branding. I have an extensive array of confidential projects ranging from footwear, infant/baby, housewares, merchandising displays, outdoor gear, tech & adult toys just to name a few. I’m currently exploring the facets of UX UI platforms & strategies to create meaningful digital experiences for the physical products I create. Strive to identify what makes users lives more fulfilling as we evolve into a new age of consumerism. I keep sustainability & mindful operations at the forefront of all projects.
Senior Product Designer | Design Manager
Nov 2015 - Jun 2020 (4 years 7 months)
Helped grow the ‘Best brands in pet’ company from 10 to 70 million over the course of 4.5 years.. Assisted the integration of multiple new acquisitions into our company infrastructure. Created & implemented new processes to function efficiently & seamlessly as we scaled design & product development teams. Spearheaded successful product collections that catered specifically to the needs of our users. Managed Jr. designers & collaborated with fellow Sr. Designer’s, Director’s, Engineer’s, PD, Marketing, PI & international teams to create successful products. Communicated highly technical specifications with factories while working with affiliates to make quick prototypes to test with humans & pets. Often traveled overseas to work with factories & presented programs to buyers.
Sr. Product Designer | Project Manager
Jul 2010 - Mar 2015 (4 years 8 months)
Designed, managed & created multiple products/lines, that were mass produced & sold at major International retailers. I communicated highly technical specifications with factories while creating prototypes & executing development. Often traveled to meet with various clientele & presented to buyers.
Kate Lewis Designs
San Francisco, CA
Apr 2010 - Jul 2010 (3 months)
Sketched concepts, created control drawings for production for Infantino. I assisted development on Pottery Barn Kids found Online & at their stores across the US.
Toy Inventor | Designer
San Francisco, CA
Nov 2008 - Apr 2010 (1 year 5 months)
Developed & invented various concepts licensed by Spin Master, Mattel, Hasbro & Playskool just to name a few. I custom built prototypes using a variety of materials & manufacturing processes. Wrote content & story-boards for games & created presentation material. I filmed & edited promotional sales videos for new inventions we pitched to toy manufactures.
Toy Design | Intern
Dec 2007 - Aug 2008 (8 months)
Conceptual 2D & 3D development. Built parts using Rhino & printed them on CNC router to assemble functional prototypes. Assisted development of various toys currently on the market found in leading retailers.