Experience | Erfahrung

Since 05| 2013 | Designer and Owner


Freelancing as Graphic and Industrial Designer | Creating layouts, logos and stationary | 3-D modeling | Designing and producing custom made pieces

01| 2013 - Ongoing | Industrial Designer

Rockler Companies Inc., Medina, MN, U.S.A. | www.rockler.com

Responsible for designing and developing unique product solutions to identified problems or needs in support of the organization’s objective of inspiring woodworkers through innovation | Designing and developing a continuous flow of new products to meet the strategic goals of the company | Responsible for managing multiple projects and products simultaneously | Coordinating with internal and external resources in the development process to ensure projects are completed on time and meet desired requirements, while ensuring that the design and manufacturing quality standards are aligned to the brand position | Managing products through all stages of development – idea creation, concept, solid modeling, design specification, sourcing, packaging creation and product presentation | Assisting the Product Development Coordinator in the execution of product introduction in all channels – retail, catalog and internet | Project Lead for a pilot project to acquisition a new generation of Rockler customer

06| 2010 - 01| 2013 | Assistant Designer

Blu Dot Design and Manufacturing, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A. | www.bludot.com

Collaborated with the design team in designing furniture products from inception to finished product with clients such as Target, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond amongst others | Responsible for sketchbook, mockups, 3D modeling, rendering, client presentation design, finalizing adjustments | Created package designs including the die-line and labeling | Utilized Photoshop to touch up images from the photographers | Required to be a “solution finder” everyday as challenges came up in the design process, including working through adjustments with the account reps and the clients | Headed up the design team to represent our company in the Cooper-Hewitt Design Award competition including (layout, product photography and Photoshop, assembly of the product presentation, and submission) | Produced the architectural design and mock up for our companies new location including floor plans and the products chosen for display to be sold by sales staff | Routinely worked in a deadline oriented environment, and finished all product designs ahead of schedule

03 - 07| 2009 | Industrial Designer

M.A.I.D., Mike Ambach Industrial Design, Mannheim, Germany | www.ambach-m.de

Responsible for graphic design of sales tools of technical products for sales teams | Designed promotional tool from the ground up (from using statistical data to developing the calculations that were incorporated into the promotional pen given to clients) | Developed the signage design layout for trade show booths | Completed an entire corporate identity re-design including: new logo, color concept, stationary, signage, gift cards, business cards, print advertisements, and corporate clothing line | Required to think ”outside the box” on a regular basis | Finished all designs ahead of schedule

08| 2007 - 01| 2008 | Product Design Intern

Internship at jehs+laub, Stuttgart, Germany | www.jehs-laub.com

Worked with clients such as COR, Danskina, Stelton | Designed home textiles, furniture, and showrooms including: sketchbook, mockups, 3D modeling, and renderings | Created tradeshow booth for the Milan Furniture Fair

Education | Ausbildung

2005 - 2009
University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd | Bachelor of Arts | Product Design
Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd | Bachelor of Arts | Produktdesign

2001 - 2004
Erhardt-Schott-Schule | Technical School
Cabinet Making | Schreinerin
Journeyman's Certificate | Gesellenbrief

2000 - 2001
University of Applied Sciences Wiesbaden | Interior Design
Fachhochschule Wiesbaden | Innenarchitektur

06| 1999
High school diploma | Abitur

Best apprentice of the joiner-class 2004
3rd place (mention) at „Die gute Form“, Stuttgart, Germany, 2004

Languages | Sprachen

German (native speaker) | Deutsch (Muttersprache)
English (fluent) | Englisch (fließend)
French (basic knowledge) | Französisch (Grundkenntnisse)

Computer skills | Computer Kenntnisse

Indesign | Illustrator | Photoshop | Acrobat Professional
Solid Works
Cinema 4D
Rhinoceros 3D
iWork | Microsoft Office