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    Kenneth W. MannPORTFOLIOArtist-Illustrator-Industrial Designer

    2010 KENNETH MANN All Rights Reserved.

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  • Originally a computer network engineer of 10+ years, Kenneth decided to return to school at age 32 so that he could explore his passion for creativity and design. Looking to put his skills and desires to good use, he happened upon the Toy Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology while working for a fashion company in Manhattan. Toy design was a good fit for him since it combined his skills as an engineer, his love for children and their needs, along with his passion for art and design. Upon graduating with honors in both Illustration and Toy design from F.I.T., Kenneth found a start with SDI Technologies/KIDdesign Inc. in Rahway, NJ. There, he strengthened his foundational skills and developed toy products under the Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher Price and Playskool brand names. His background in computers and programming helped the KIDdesign division expand on there already popular line of toys by bringing a new level of technology to the play experience. By aiding in the development of LCD graphical interfaces, a new line of role play toys was successfully started. In addition, he took the initiative to improve upon already existing technologies. His skills however were not limited to toy design. He was able to use his abilities as a designer to explore consumer electronics development under the Timex and Zenith licensed brand names. After 2+ years of working for them, he was offered a position with Tara Toy Corporation in Hauppauge, NY as a senior level designer. Here he broadened his experiences by getting involved with a wider spectrum in the design process. Working with such licenses as Barbie, Hot Wheels and Disney/Pixar Brands, he got extensive background with both packaging and graphic development. With hard work, dedication and enthusiasm, he soon found himself promoted to Director of Industrial Design. Again, applying his engineering background, he brought a new level of play value to the toy design process. He helped to bring Tara Toys first successful electronic activity toy to the market. He applied his mechanical and electronic knowledge to many more successful products. As the only CAD designer on staff, he was also helpful in improving on the overall design process. He used this ability along with his adeptness in model making and bread boarding to build upon this design process. In addition, he was very useful in pursuing maximum profitability for product by simplifying complex problems through his understanding of materials and the molding processes. He was also responsible for aiding in the process of safety assurance establishing a history of reliability for the past 8+ years. His skills as a designer/product director can be seen throughout his 300+ products developed over the years. His skills however are not limited to the toy industry. As a freelance designer/illustrator under his own business name, Papa Dawg Design Consultation, he used his diverse skills to explore other areas. Among them are confectionary gifts, event decoration, furniture design, logo and graphical design. RESUMEHOME PAGE


  • A creative and analytical Industrial Design-Engineer with 11 years experience in consumer product development and package design for the toy industryEnthusiastic brainstorm team member that revels in solving practical and abstract challengesProfessional team player with excellent written and verbal skills Demonstrates a high level of independence with the ability to coordinate with Brand Managers, Creative Directors and Creative Team Members to meet tight deadlines with effective resultsAbility to communicate with foreign and domestic vendors in regards to manufacturing issuesAbility to analyze profit and loss statements for maximum profitabilityDiverse ability to develop both product and package under a variety of licenses Perceptive understanding of retail and merchandising requirementsStrong understanding in the design of tooling for plastics and polymers as well as the usage of varied material in manufacturing processesWell versed in foreign and domestic toy industry safety guidelines and testing proceduresTechnically savvy in regards to mechanical and electronic toy productHighly skilled in form study, prototype and breadboard model development as well as adeptness in sculptingHighly proficient in the use of 3D CADSound illustrative and graphical competence in multiple media


  • Tara Toy Corporation, Hauppauge, NY - 6/01-PresentDirector of Industrial Design Child Activities, Carrying Cases, Party Favors, Stationery and GamesDeveloped over 300 innovative products in multiple categories mainly for Mattel and Disney licensesDesigned distinctive branded packaging and graphics that enhanced the ability of the Sales team to place new product at retail Invented unique methods of resolving cost saving design and engineering issues resulting in an average 4% increased profit marginCreated mechanical drawings in 3D CAD decreasing turn around times for models from 2 weeks to 3 days by use of 3D SLA components instead of hand built prototypesOfficiated safety assurance for all products as set forth by domestic and foreign regulatory guidelines that resulted in a well established history of product safety over the last 9 years Guided Product Management team in regard to manufacturing processes and usage of materials, for which molding cycle times decreased, product reliability strengthened and testing outcome improved Analyzed Product Management teams profit and loss statements for maximum cost efficiency by identifying unnecessary components and operations which averaged in an increase of 4% profitabilityReported to Executive Management, as well as foreign and domestic vendors, issues in regard to solving tight schedules and development problems including tooling improvements and process reevaluationOversaw engineering prototypes and initial mold shots assuring products were ready for production and testingDesigned and built working breadboard models for concept evaluation that verified if products were fit for development Guided development of electronic toys establishing companys introduction into the retail electronic activity and game categoriesDirected and developed trade magazine ads, PowerPoint presentations, catalogs, tradeshow materials and booths for Sales teamCommunicated with legal consultants in terms of patent issues to identify if products were infringements


  • SDI Technologies Inc./KIDdesign, Inc., Rahway, NJ - 6/99-6/01Industrial Designer Multi-Branded Role Play Electronic Toys , Consumer Electronics Designed and developed role-play toys under the Barbie, Fisher Price, Hot Wheels and Playskool licensed brands Designed and developed clock radios and CD players under the Barbie, Timex and Zenith licensed brands Established design process for development of animated LCD screens for electronic role play toysDeveloped and managed flow charts for all electronic toy user interfaces to simplify childs understanding of toy play patternsBuilt foam and functional models for concept evaluation and development

    Papa Dawg Design Consultation, Port Jefferson Station, NYFreelance Designer/Artist Graphics, Toys, Furniture, Event Design & Illustration Designed various teaching materials as a student pilot with CFI Mid Island Flight School, Islip, NYDesigned logo for The Southold Raynor Animal Shelter Foundation, Southold, NYDonated design services for fundraising events at Big Brothers Big Sisters, New York, NYCreated chocolate molds, other confectionary items, and event dcor for Creative Confections, Coram, NY

    Nextoy Inc., New York City, NY- 6/98-9/98Intern Inventions for Toys and Games

    Invented concepts for toysEvaluated new source materials and developed concepts from them for proposals to Mattel and HasbroPrepared presentation boards and mockups



  • BFA in Toy Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY - Magna Cum Laude 5/99AAS in Illustration, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY - Magna Cum Laude 5/97BS in Computer Science, New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY 6/85Proficiency in: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS4, Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt V8 3D CAD/CAM Mac and PC platforms

    Animal rescue Flying single engine aircraft Acoustic guitar


  • Please contact me at:Address: 31 Jefferson Boulevard Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776Home Phone: 631.828.6293Cell Phone: 516.647.1474Email: [email protected] INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY




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