Karen H.

  • Toy Designer at Skyrocket
  • Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Design

Previous positions

  • Design intern at Fisher-Price
  • Product Development Associate at The Topps Company

Education

Fashion Institute of Technology, BFA with honors, Toy Design

Background

Summary

Experience in the full process of product development, from design to production, ability to work in a dynamic and intensive environment, Product visualization skills, Product digital modeling (Solidworks/Rhino) and model making, excellent interpersonal, teamwork skills and communication skills, able to manage multiple projects and take responsibility, excellent organizational and creative problem-solving skills, comfortable working in a team or working independently, dedicated and a very hard worker.

Experience

  • Product Designer

    Skyrocket

    October 2018 – Present(1 year)Greater Los Angeles Area

    Working on multiple brands, such as- Blume, Baby Pop, Pomsies, and Lumies. Responsibilities included: Design, Character development, Concept sketching, brainstorming for new ideas, Pattern making, mood boards, texture specs, color specs, Product development. Communication with manufacturers overseas.

  • Design intern

    Fisher-Price

    June 2017 – August 2017(2 months)New york

    Responsibilities included: Brainstorming ideas for new and existing products and product lines, worked on line extensions for Disney and Nickelodeon brands, helped prepare presentations for licensor meetings, prepared rendered boards, mood boards, toke part in brainstorms for future products, prepared quotes for costing purposes, present concepts to marketing and sales teams, texture specs, color specs, quick pencil sketches, computer sketches, label art, styling sketches, created foam core mockups and quick handmade models, assisted designers from different brands, and worked on different computer programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Solidworks, and Sketchbook pro.

  • Product Development Associate

    The Topps Company

    June 2016 – August 2016(2 months)New York, New York

    Collectible toys development, ideation, sketching, 3D modeling, market and user research. While at Topps I revived the ring pop category with the new ring pop puppies line which I hold a design patent for.

  • Design Manager

    Cala Fashion

    September 2012 – September 2015(3 years)Tel Aviv

    Responsibilities included: Styling for photo shoots – creating visual and creative concepts; executing photo shoots, PR and Social media material production, efficiently organizing and utilizing store space, recommending brand, price point and buying depth strategies, working closely with the management and marketing team to increase sales, ideation and execution of window and in-store displays, negotiating and managing budgets and suppliers, continuously enhancing and developing the company website and updating inventory, working under tight deadlines and on several projects simultaneously, trend research, assisting with other projects as needed.

  • Industrial Designer

    Petit Design Studio

    September 2013 – December 2014(1 year 3 months)

    Responsibilities included Development of new & existing products through concept generation, 3D computer rendering and 2D illustrations, Color coordination, Research and market analyses, Styling and photographing.

Education

  • Fashion Institute of Technology

    BFA with honors, Toy Design

    2016 – 2018

  • Avni Institute of Design and Fine Art

    Industrial and Product Design

    2009 – 2013

Languages

  • English

    Native or bilingual proficiency

  • Hebrew

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Projects

  • Spinnovation (Think Tank)

    July 2014 – August 2014

    Was chosen from a group designer to be a part of Spin Master’s think tank that took place in Israel.

    Team Members (1):
    • Karen H.

Skills & Expertise

  • Training
  • Product Design
  • Toys
  • Sketching
  • Leadership
  • Graphic Design
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Sales
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Invention
  • Industrial Design
  • Illustration
  • Posters
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Rendering
  • SolidWorks
  • Building Models
  • Photography
  • Art Direction
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Logo Design
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Design Thinking
  • Microsoft Office
  • Facebook
  • 3D Modeling
  • PowerPoint
  • Research
  • Management
  • Packaging
  • Art
  • Pattern Making
  • Photoshop
  • Concept Development
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Design
  • Packaging Design
  • Keyshot
  • Problem Solving
  • Styling
  • Product Development
  • Social Media
  • Microsoft Word
  • Toy Industry
  • Web Design
  • Product Innovation
  • Rhino 3D
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Sewing
  • Innovation Development

Certifications

  • Associate Dagree in Industrial Design

    National Institute for Technological Training of the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor and Avni Institute of Art and Design., License
  • BFA in Toy Design Graduated with Honors

    Fashion Institute of Technology, License

    July 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Woman in Toys scholarship award for innovation, leadership, and talent in Toy Design

    WIT Foundation

    February 2018