GALERIE AU CHOCOLAT: PRODUCT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
THIS WAS PROBABLY THE MOST FUN JOB I'VE EVER HAD. Candy plus product design and illustration!! WHEN I GRADUATED FROM CCAD WITH MY BFA IN HAND, I WAS HIRED AT GALERIE AU CHOCOLAT (NOW GALERIE) AS AN IN HOUSE ILLUSTRATOR. AS MOST PEOPLE WHO HAVE EVER WORKED AT A SMALL/MEDIUM SIZE BUSINESS KNOW, YOU HAVE TO WEAR MANY HATS. I NOT ONLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE MY ILLUSTRATION SKILLS, I GOT TO DESIGN AND DEVELOP THE PRODUCTS THAT MY ILLUSTRATIONS WENT ON. We worked with so many different types of materials- wood, paper, sequin boxes, plastics, stuffed animals, fabric, metal. You name it. if you could put candy in it or on it we could make it. We sold to retailers such as Target, Walmart, Bloomingdale's, macy's, STARBUCK'S, Bergdorf Goodman, and everyone in between. RICHARD ROSS, THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF GALERIE, WAS RECENTLY INDUCTED INTO THE CANDY HALL OF FAME. ALL COPYRIGHTS BELONG TO GALERIE.
WHILE I DESIGNED AND DEVELOPED MANY OF THE PRODUCTS SHOWN HERE, SO MUCH OF THE WORK WE DID WAS VERY COLLABORATIVE. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORK WITH INCREDIBLY TALENTED DESIGNERS SUCH AS GEOFF PINYARD, BRAD EKVALL, KELLY MURNANE, KAREN HAVERLAND, BOB POWERS, PAUL PEARSON, MARK AND JENNY BAUM AND THE AMAZING MOIRA MORGAN.