I’m a seasoned design ninja — a passionate creative leader with a proven track record for translating trends and ideas into make-able, sell-able, covet-able products. My longstanding proficiency is in the home decor and housewares industry, where I have worked for more than 17 years. I have managed and motivated design teams, as the official in-house go-to guy as well as a freelance hotshot. I’ve built and managed products from the ground up, worn many hats, and can juggle effectively between being a team player, a team leader, and rogue designer.
As a freelancer- I am a one stop shop. I'm an illustrator, pattern maker, stylist, industrial designer, and product specialist. I know how to invent things, built them, decorate them, and technically spec them for production overseas. I know materials, processes and manufacturing like the back of my hand.
Over the years I've worked on thousands of products that have been sold in many well known retailers. I've also worked directly on private label designs with some pretty cool brands. Including Pier 1, urban outfitters, TJX, Kroger, Michaels, ROSS, Burlington, Meijer, Paparte, Mikasa, Kohls, Home Depot, Menards and others.
- initial concept sketches (hand drawing, Adobe AI, Adobe PS)
-technical drawings (Adobe AI, Rhino3D)
-photo realistic renderings (Adobe PS, Rhino 3D, Flamingo3D)
-surface and pattern design (hand drawing, AdobeAI, AdobePS)
-illustration (hand drawing, AdobeAI, AdobePS)
-digital painting (wacom tablet, kyles megapack brushes)
-3D CAD models (Rhino 3d)
-art direction, trend research, and project managment
-master understanding of related materials, manufacturing techniques, and how to properly design for each:
wood (real, MDF and composites), metal (semiprecious, precious, ferrous, etc), plastic, ceramic (stoneware, dolomite, etc), glass.
-master understanding of decorative techniques for manufacturing, how to design properly for production (painting, screenprinting, decaling, applique of decorative finishes, (glitter, foils, lusters, etc) faux finishes, etc.)
-master understanding of production techniques, and file creation for each. (able to supply correct information and file types for all above examples and processes)