I am an award-winning Industrial Designer with experience in
Design Management, Product Development, and Sourcing.
This selection of work showcases my experience in
Consumer Products, Art Installations and Fabrication
Award-winning Industrial Designer with extensive product development experience.
I’ve led teams to bring hundreds of product lines to market for major brands including Micheal Kors, Fossil, Steve Madden, and ModCloth.
Relationships are as important to my work as creativity. I work with most of my clients for multiple years, providing on-going design and development for seasonal product collections.
Clients partner with me to navigate complex product development and sourcing processes, resulting in compelling product lines that get buy-in and high sell-thru at good margins.
I also lecture at San Francisco art schools, including the prestigious California College of Art. Subjects include 3D Modeling, Human Centered Design and Industrial Design.
"I had the pleasure of having Heather work for me as a Design Manager while at Michaels Stores and also as a Design Consultant in my current role. Heather is a talented designer who can think strategically looking thru the eyes of the end user/client/customer. She creates strategic merchandise solutions designing into necessary price points while maintaining a cohesive trend forward aesthetic.
As a leader/manager of others, Heather inspired her team to be their best. She is smart, brave and has a focused and dependable work ethic. She is patient, kind but also candid and direct when needed. Her team had the benefit of learning from her experience as well as her can do spirit.
LISA-BETH GALVIN / President / Cre8 Direct, Inc.
"As a product designer her work for me was always highly creative and solution driven. She is never afraid to present her own ideas and yet she is willing to listen to others who might have opposing opinions.
Above all else, Heather is talented and very, very, creative. I found her easy to work with, she did quality design, and I would hire her again."
DONALD SHREAD / Director of Product Development and Design / Nielsen Bainbridge Group
"Heather has a great understanding of the function of a design studio within a corporate setting and has helped us build a highly-efficient, productive and inspiring team. Her managerial style is open and trusting, allowing designers to fully lead their own projects, giving guidance as needed. She has given me confidence in my own skills through her continued support and encouragement.
Heather is an amazing designer in and outside of the office. She is creative, resourceful and she works hard for our private brands. I greatly enjoy being a part of her team."
APRIL HOPKINS / Designer/ April Hopkins Studio