CONTACT

d.szekeresh@gmail.com
513-535-3335
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WORK EXPERIENCE

The North Face, Design Manager: Equipment - Oct 2018–Present
-Lead designer for daypacks and luggage; included supervising one full-time designer and one full-time contractor

The North Face, Senior Designer: Lifestyle Equipment - Oct 2016–Oct 2018
-Art directed prints for equipment, including the Homestead collection, and was the lead designer on brand color deployment within Equipment
-Utilized user research and trend analyses to create five unique collections for specific users within the Lifestyle category

The North Face, Interim Design Director: Equipment - Oct 2017–Aug 2018
-Led a five-person team designing the daypack, technical pack, luggage, tent, and sleeping bag categories
-Oversaw presentations for VPs and the President of The North Face, clearly connecting design output to business needs and brand strategies for the 2019 and 2020 seasons
-Managed the team calendar and budget from 2017–2018  

The North Face, Designer: Technical Equipment - Apr 2012–Oct 2016
-Lead designer for tents and sleeping bags
-Awarded two patents for sleeping bag design and construction
-Featured and awarded numerous times in Outside, Backpacker, and Gear Institute

California College of the Arts, Adjunct Professor: Industrial Design - Aug 2011–Dec 2012
-Instructed Design Communication II class teaching orthographic drawing, rendering, and presentation skills using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to second and third-year students

Specialized Bicycle Components, Consultant: Accessories - Nov 2011–Apr 2012
-Designed water bottle cages, Sram Red compatible components, and a concept bike that led to the AWOL program

Smart Design, Consultant: Product Design, Research, Strategy - Sep 2011–Dec 2011
-Hired by Avery Dennison to prototype human-centered products through quick mock-ups and user testing

Thrive, Consultant: Product Design, Research, Strategy - Apr 2010–May 2011
-Worked on a small team with Newell Rubbermaid, Jardin Consumer Solutions, and Chick-fil-a brands to find white space and enhance brand loyalty through user research and design strategy

Philips Design, Consultant: Product Design, Research, Strategy - Oct 2009–Mar 2011
-Collaborated with S.C. Johnson to help them better understand their consumer and grow their product offering for Off! 

AWARDS/PRESS

Wired "Things We Love" March 2014
Outside "Best of 2014" April 2014
Outside "Best of 2015" April 2015
Hypebeast "Homestead 3D Camouflage" March 2016
Gear Institute "Best Gear 2016" August 2016
Hypebeast "Homestead Basecamp" June 2017
Outside Magazine "Gear of the Year" May 2019 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, University of Cincinnati,
College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP)
Dean's List 2004—2009  |  Completed four internships focused on product and experience design