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About

I am an experienced designer with a long history of achievements in model making, product design and toy design for 37+ years. I specialize in the invention and development of mechanisms for toys, toy cars, dolls, action figures and games. The go-to person for precision work and a willingness to go above and beyond to meet project deadlines.

Experience

  • Toy Designer Big Monster Toys · Full-time Apr 2023 – Apr 2023 0 mos Chicago, IL, United States Invented, designed, and built prototypes for major toy and product manufacturers. Provided precision work for projects that require accuracy and complex solutions. Collaborated and brainstormed with teams to bring product and toy concepts to life. Presented prototypes to clients. Mentored junior designers. Exposed to industry-wide innovation by attendance at annual national toy fairs in New York with colleagues.
  • Model Maker Prototype Technologies · Full-time May 1986 – Apr 1989 2 yrs 11 mos Chicago, IL, United States Started as model maker and rose to shop manager. Created prototypes of products using a variety of materials and Japanese techniques. Worked closely with design firms to bring concepts to life, meeting and exceeding required specifications. Demonstrated a strong work ethic and absolute attention to detail.

Education

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design with Minor in History of Art and Architecture, Industrial Design 1980 – 1986 In the summer of Senior year we studied under tenured professor Maurizio Morgantini in Milan, Italy for the inaugural UIC Industrial Design 6 month Study Abroad Program. Our group was introduced to and influenced by designers Achille Castiglioni (furniture), Ettore Sottsass (Memphis Group) and heads of industry from Kartell Furniture (Founder Giulio Castelli and his son), Fiat / Ferrari and many others.