Kowalska is a Product Designer who specialises in Design Strategy, Design Futures and Design-driven innovation. She uses intelligent sensibility and brand awareness to create unique service and product opportunities, in pursuance of maximising a corporation’s capital.
Placement – Think As One [30th May. – 2nd Jun. 2017]
Selected by an industry panel to complete a placement at an integrated communications agency: –
• Repositioning the market segmentation of a live Manchester based goods supplier, through conceptualisations, Solidworks visualisations, and presentation proposals.
Bright Spark – Mash UK for Unilever Workshop [25th Jan. 2017]
Nominated by Mash UK to represent at the Unilever ‘Future Initiatives’ workshop: –
• Responded to brief through maximising new FMCG product and service prospects through innovation, trend forecasting, and packaging ideation to change consumer perceptions through new market opportunities.
• An important factor was the integration of future technologies and materials in line with ‘Unilever’s’ brand values and future aspirations.
• Workshop conceptual development teamwork.
Market Researcher Telephone Interviewer – B2B International [Nov. – Dec. 2016]
Worked part-time alongside Masters qualification: –
• Communicated with third party clients conducting market research surveys.
• Data Entry via bespoke computer system.
• Met audio performance targets and written quality standards.
Account Manager – Christy Carpets [Oct. 2015 – Aug. 2016]
Operated as an Account Manager representing a London-based textile supplier supporting the Design & Build market: –                                                               • Managed multiple projects concurrently whilst working towards quarterly targets.
• Coordinated clients daily to maintain and build good client-facing relations. Liaised and networked with Architects, Interior Designers, and Building Surveyors.
• Supported the internal team at Head Office to ensure efficient service, and acted as a consistent point of contact through to completion of orders and project installations.
• Experienced with product presentations, understanding and communicating a client’s desires, and presenting monthly sales reviews.
• A vital element of the role was working within client budget constraints to effectively guide towards feasible products, yet still satisfying specified brand goals.
Freelance Design Assistant – Daughter of Jon [Jan. – Aug. 2015]
Freelance position supporting the Creative Director at start-up accessories brand: –
• Supported the high-street brand ‘Daughter of Jon’ working closely with the founder, through a multifaceted role involving manufacturing, creative branding and innovating graphics (CAD).
• Responsible for the quality assurance of sales and factory deliveries.
• Encouraged ideas through product prototyping and final production.
• Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite support: such as creating collection look-books (Indesign) and technical specifications (Excel).
• Contributed to marketing and social media planning. Heavily involved in the 3D visual direction of photo-shoots and post-production editing for E-Commerce.
Showroom Assistant – Burberry [Nov. – Dec. 2014] Visual Merchandising assistance working within the luxury Head Office London showroom: –
• Aided Merchandisers, global Buyers, and Product Developers during market.
Freelance Assistant – Sophie Hulme [Aug. – Nov. 2014] Freelance employment at boutique luxury Fashion Brand assisting the Head Designer: –
• Contributed to the critical path through research insights into trend forecasts.
• Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite support: such as designing logo prints, and preparing full-scale images for print production.
• Assisted the Accessories Designer developing 3D prototypes for weekly reviews, and modelled leather architypes for mass-production.
• Co-ordinated the studio space and dealt with office requests.
Developed tracking system skills for the management of deliveries (SAP).