Industrial Design Co-op
Jan 2022 - Apr 2022
Worked in a small sustainability start-up focusing on open circular design as part of the International Experience Program at the University of Cincinnati. Researched various methods of re-working used plastics, including silicone and polypropylene materials. Constructed physical prototypes of furniture pieces and other consumer products incorporating upcycled elements. Innovated on existing circular toy concept and presented key developments to broader team.
Play-Doh Product Design Co-op
May 2021 - Sep 2021
Sep 2020 - Dec 2020
Strategic Brands Product Design Co-op
Jan 2020 - Apr 2020
Pawtucket, Rhode Island and Remote
Worked on the Play-Doh brand as a Product Designer in a fully remote setting. Served temporarily as the lead designer on several projects within the brand portfolio. Presented concepts to the broader team, including upper management. Managed multiple outside vendors and communicated with partners globally. Pitched original concepts for upcoming items, including items for a new brand partnership. Compiled deco specs, created cost sheets, led and contributed to team brainstorms and overall product development.
Worked in the Strategic Brands department as a Product Designer, both on-site and remotely. Contributed to brands such as Playskool, Potato Head, Peppa Pig, and PJ Masks. Pitched original concepts for new products, compiled deco specs, completed color overlay studies, constructed physical prototypes, and contributed to overall brand development. Collaborated with intern design team on AR game concept for exclusive online distribution and presented to management.