Newport, RI 02840
Toy Design History -
Freelance: 1990 - 2014
Provide concept, design and development for the Toy, Gift, Premium and Consumer products industry. Specialty in Character Styling and Ideation for Infant, Preschool and Girl’s toy lines. Expertise in Adobe Photoshop CS - but I still start freehand at the drawing board.
Select freelnce clients include:
Hasbro, Inc; Fisher Price & Mattel Toys, Inc; Little Tikes; SpinMaster Toys; Jaxx Toys; Little Kids; The First Years; ABC Toys; Walt Disney Company; Radica Electronics; Playmates inc. - more.
• Fisher Price Toys:
East Aurora, NY 1988 - 1991
Infant - Preschool toys - Art department
• Hasbro, Inc:
Pawttucket, RI 1983 - 1988
Playskool - Girls toys
• Red Farm Studio:
Providence, RI 1980 - 1983
Greeting Card design
• Freelance start-up:
Sudbury, MA 1975 - 1980.
Art Institute of Boston, BA in commercial art
Rhode Island School of Design, illustration/techniques
Salve Regina University, Photoshop CS3-4
Master Toy and Gift Designer, Illustrator:
Hired to create and present new concepts and ideas for character and product development. Generate toy and gift concepts encompassing sketches, digital color renderings, for sculpting and prototype planning and execution. Work closely with production staff including marketing, mechanism and model makers, Design for soft and hard product for major toy companies, design studios or independent sculptors and freelance artists.
Originality in Character concept styling and design: infant preschool, girls - from "soft-&-fuzzy" to "edgy/urban” - roughs to finished art B&W and/or color.