Senior Toy Designer
Sep 2014 - Present (7 years 8 months)
Work on multiple toy categories including Infant, Preschool, and Roleplay. Experience in both domestic and overseas production, along with multiple manufacturing processes. Collaborate closely with Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices to bring products to market. Currently serving as intern and outreach coordinator to place college students within the design team and develop partnerships with universities for toy design classes and mentoring.
Freelance Product Designer
Mar 2012 - Sep 2014 (2 years 6 months)
Independent designer specializing in toy design & children's products. Clients include Infantino, Sassy Baby, Bumbo, Step2, Hasbro, KidsII, American Greetings, & SpinMaster. Expertise in developing product concepts by sketching, rendering, illustration, sewn prototypes, and turnover packages. Toy categories include Infant, Preschool, Girls, Role Play, and Plush.
Mar 2008 - Mar 2012 (4 years)
Specializing in infant toys, birth-12 months. Developed expertise in plush and soft good construction. Trend driven products that encourage interaction and connections between mom and baby in the first months of development
Jan 2006 - Feb 2007 (1 year 1 month)
Designer for women's and girls hair accessories. Developed ergonomic, trend based, and fashion forward concepts. Holding patent on Ouchless Pressure Free Headband and Ouchless hair clip
Preschool Toy Designer
Jun 2003 - Jan 2006 (2 years 7 months)
Lead Designer on Fairy Tale Playsets, a collection of girls preschool playsets based on classic fairy tales. Worked closely with marketing to determine product viability, extensive engineering collaboration, travel to Asia factories to ensure production quality.
Fisher Price Toy Design Intern
Infant & Preschool Teams
East Aurora, NY
Sep 2001 - May 2002 (8 months)
Developed concepts for the Infant and Preschool teams through ideation, rendering, and presentation models. Worked extensively with marketing, engineering, and in-house child research and development teams. Developed two infant products that were bought to market as an intern.