Graphic Designer / Product Developer with in-depth experience and documented accomplishments.
Expertise in development. Significant experience with Asian vendors in prototyping new products and new use of materials.
Extensive participation in developing product plans for established and new markets.
Demonstrated ability to manage people and teams.
I have worked with a wide range of subjects, from simple postcards to complex paper formats with metal attachments. I have worked with a wide range of clients, from a one man furniture shop to a large publishing company and the Chicago Board of Trade.
I have managed large art departments and worked independently.
Present - Jeff Hapner Graphic Design and Product Development
- Corporate Promotion
- New Product Development for Publishers
- Project Management
1995 - May 2013 - Publications International, Ltd. - New Seasons - Research and Development
In this position I worked with a partner and a small team to develop stationery and photo products. We researched the market, identified directions, reviewed concepts with our publisher, and worked with domestic and international manufacturers to develop new products. My primary focus was on physical form and construction, which was most commonly of paper, but also included metal, fabric, leather, plastic and wood elements. Product development included constructing prototypes and/or diagrams and narrative to send to an Asian vendor and working with Purchasing to keep manufacturing costs in range given the expected sale price. Often several iterations were needed to ensure the functionality of the physical format and meet budget. Our team also selected art and designed graphic coverings before the sales staff presented products to prospective buyers. Once prototypes were approved for production, final art would be created and the product would be manufactured.
I traveled to Asia, India, Thailand and the Philippines to attend trade shows, visit vendor showrooms and factories, scout new materials and ideas, start projects, and check on current production.
1992 - 1995 - Publications International, Ltd. - Children’s Book Division - Creative Director
I helped start and build this business that became a large part of PIL. Our group developed formats that continue to sell. I helped develop and produce non-licensed product that attracted attention from large licensers. Using the styles and physical formats that I developed, PIL partnered and published books with Disney, Sesame Street, Warner Brothers, and more. My children were very young at this time and it was fun to develop product with them in mind.
1990 - 1995 - Jeff Hapner Graphic Design - Principal
Design of corporate promotional material.
Short client list:
- Chicago Board of Trade
- Price Waterhouse
- City of Chicago