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Design Directors are in charge of creative teams and their responsibilities include developing the creative strategy, supervising and guiding team members, assigning tasks, taking part in key client meetings, and providing ideas which increase department productivity. The most successful resume samples highlight leadership, creativity, supervisory skills, strong communication and presentation abilities, and computer proficiency. Those seeking to work as Design Directors should be able to display a Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field of study in their resumes.

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Design Director

Responsible for designing, directing and managing the development of boys apparel for multiple licensed brands in infant, toddler, 4-7 and 8-20 size ranges for all major product categories.

  • Directed, collaborated and managed assistant designers, graphic designers and product development teams.
  • Coordinated with sales, merchandising and production to maximize the profitability of the product through value engineering and to develop special programs for key retailers like Cititrends and Burlington.
  • Increased annual volume from $4 million wholesale to over $13 million in Enyce, and grew the Akademiks business to over $20
Candidate Info
22
years in
workforce
6
years
at this job
BA
Government And History
Education Coursework
2

Design Director

Directed, inspired, and motivated team of three designers (and three CAD artists) to elevate product aesthetic and quality. Worked closely with other accessory directors and designers to build cohesive seasonal collections reflective of unified brand image. Traveled yearly to Paris, London and Milan to shop the market for best trend direction and retail inspiration. Researched and developed seasonal trend and color direction for headwear and neckwear collections.

  • Elevated product quality and aesthetic of neckwear and belts, resulting in increased wholesale and retail sales.
  • Upgraded print and neckwear design to CAD, producing improved color visuals of designs which were cost effective and time efficient.
  • Devised solution to quickly respond to quota limitations, providing alternatives for production including machine crochet and knits in place of hand-made items.
Candidate Info
23
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
BA
Fine Arts And Design
3

Sales & Design Director

Responsible for managing a 4,000 square foot upscale showroom of exotic flooring and surfaces located on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Led a staff of inside and outside sales and design professionals.
  • Increased sales from 850K to over 1 million in 2010 by creating a strong sense of teamwork and exhibiting excellent product knowledge, customer service and design skills.
  • Participated in and monitored all design projects and client meetings with sales and design team.
  • Established all new vendor accounts.
  • Responsible for the selection of all product lines and design layout of the showroom.
  • Developed and fostered working relationships with Designers, Architects and Builders in the South
Candidate Info
20
years in
workforce
1
year
at this job
BFA
Bachelor of Fine Arts
4

Design Director

Direct design staff as well as design and present product for many retail and catalog accounts, including Neiman Marcus, Sundance, Lord and Taylor, Coldwater Creek, Chico's, Norm Thompson, Soft Surroundings.

  • Interface directly with accounts to cycle product from design to bulk. Extensive China factory travel and as well as Europe/Domestic retail trend shopping.
  • Increased annual volume of sales from $20 to $34 million by developing exclusive updated product.
  • Develop customized garments, seasonal trend and fabric boards to generate customer enthusiasm.
Candidate Info
20
years in
workforce
7
years
at this job
AAS
Fashion Design
Fine Arts
5

Design Director

Directed and developed an activewear and casual sportswear line for upper-tier specialty stores.

  • Designed and merchandised 150 styles, five seasons per year, using knits, linens, wovens & washes.
  • Created and designed two brand expansions - City Tech and City Tee's using high-end fabrications.
  • Managed and developed departmental procedures for product design, fit and technical specs.
  • Developed, pitched and directed all private label projects with Target, Mervin's and Ross.
Candidate Info
8
years in
workforce
5
years
at this job
BA
Fashion Design / Marketing
Design
6

Senior Design Director, Knitwear

Directed entire knitwear division.

  • Increased volume from $2 million to $10 million.
  • Shopped Europe, determined color direction, developed product overseas, ensured timely deliveries, and conducted sales presentations.
  • Created a full merchandised collection, strengthening sell-throughs for better specialty stores.
  • Initiated and developed a new sweaters line for the contemporary market, incorporating a broad range of classifications including dresses, blouses, vests, and skirts. Sold in Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, and other luxury retailers.
  • Created private label for Victoria Secret, Saks Folio, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Coldwater Creek, J Jill, and Steinmart.
Candidate Info
19
years in
workforce
4
years
at this job
BS
Textile Design & Knitwear Technology
7

Design Director

Created the overall aesthetic direction for the [company name] Handbag Line.

  • Launched Macy's for Fall 2012 with a 300% increase in sales that secured an ongoing foothold in Macy's Herald Square.
  • Collaborated on the [company name] Specialty Retail Line. A higher priced line created for [company name] Concept Stores.
  • Provided conceptual direction for the Company Store and Tier 2 lines.
Candidate Info
18
years in
workforce
3
years
at this job
BFA
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Art
8

Interior Design Director

Directed design department of contract furniture dealership, creating value added services exceeding year-end goals, sales created through design department exceeded 2M dollars

  • Developed creative design solutions, developed open office space plans for corporate sector, delivered design presentations to corporate end-users
  • Began at entry-level designer, promoted to Director of Design Department through proven excellence in work product.
  • Incorporated CAD into design department and built design department to quality level
  • Responsible for all design projects from design concept to installation including punch list completion
Candidate Info
1
month in
workforce
1
month
at this job
BA
Interior Design Fider Accredited Program
9

Design Director

Collaborate with V.P. of the design to establish the vision, direction and execution of the lines.

  • Involved in the marketing and promotion for increased brand and products recognition.
  • Traveled to Far East manufactories to correct prototypes and ensured all prototypes were follow by technical instruction.
  • Directed the development with Mills, Tannery and Hardware supplier to custom design print and hardware.
  • Responsible for timeline adherence; ensured all design items were completed accurately and delivered on time.
  • Supervision of corrections from samples through production to ensured merchandise quality.
  • Monitored and mentor designers and assistant.
  • Worked with merchandising to finalize seasonal trends, themes, concepts, colors, materials
Candidate Info
19
years in
workforce
6
years
at this job
AA
Arts And Sciences
10

Design Director / Product Manager

Designed and launched Fishville, a F2P Social game

  • Created game, social and payments features, UI wireframes and gameflow metric events
  • Hired and managed design staff
  • Product manager of multiple F2P MMO/RPG Facebook games - live ops fixes, new content and new features - released 2 times a week
  • Monitored key metrics to highlight issues or improvements
  • Improved retention and revenue by analyzing user play patterns and AB testing experimental features
Candidate Info
13
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job

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