Jill Fuerstenberg

Graphic Designer & Visual Merchandiser

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Jill is an inspirational, enthusiastic and adaptable Graphic Designer/Visual Merchandiser with an eye for detail and ability to give and take direction, multitask, meet critical deadlines, and communicate well with a wide range of people. Her strengths include conception, development, implementation, and execution of merchandising strategies to drive sales in a fast paced environment. She has excellent analytical problem solving, critical thinking, presentation, and communication skills. Plus, trend consciousness, ability to tackle challenges as well as a blend of performing independently and working with a team are just a few of the qualities that she can contribute. Jill’s creative talents and passion for fashion as well as previous graphic design and visual merchandising experience make her an ideal candidate.

 

Career Highlights:

Proven ability to quickly research, recognize, and apply market sales, merchandising styles and industry trends. In-depth knowledge and understanding of electronic art production processes as well as merchandising, branding and brand management.

  • Visual Merchandising and Plan-O-Gram Publications

  • Merchandising, Marketing & Product Placement 

  • Store Signage, Layouts & Fixtures 

  • Color Palettes, Concept, Trend research  

  • Packaging, Graphics, Photography

  • Illustration, Design Layout, Typography 

  • Model

  • Photoshoots, Lighting, Customized Visual Solutions

  • Communications, Training & Team Coordination 

  • Print and web production knowledge 

  • Operating Systems: Mac, PC, Gerber Accumark

  • Software: Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Flash, Quark,  HTML, CSS, MS Office

Experience:

Graphic Designer & Visual Merchandiser

ZenGenius, Inc.

Visual Merchandiser

  • Reinvented Target Men’s Department growing C9 brand affinity by creating an in-store shop for summer 2012.

Visual Merchandising Communications

Wilsons Leather Outlet Stores

  • Designed and executed Visual Merchandising Communication / Planogram/ Training Newsletters for 100+ Wilsons Leather Outlet stores (print & web).  

Visual Merchandising Communications

Supervalu

  • Redesigned Supervalu’s Merchandising Implementation Guide and created over 40 technical illustrations of different parts of their stores.  

Visual Merchandiser

Carhartt

  • Managed a team that set-up, merchandised, dressed/styled mannequins, arranged window displays for Carhartt’s (men’s workwear) new store at Mall of America creating visual displays enhancing merchandising opportunities.

Visual Merchandiser

Amscan/Grasslands Road

  • Set-up and merchandised Amscan/Grasslands Road (gift products) showroom at the Pacific Market Center in Seattle.

Branding & Design

  • Created high quality design and branding of packaging, labeling and hang tags, in-store displays including signage, catalogs, look-books, sell sheets, and brochures (for brands such as Carmex, Munsingwear, Page & Tuttle, Jockey, Field & Stream, C9, Dockers).

Manual Design & Development

  • Led and developed Product Development Procedures and Operations manuals, which included the manufacturing and CPSIA testing of prototypes for several brands at Totes Isotoner, Kelle Company, and PremiumWear Inc.

University of Minnesota College of Design

  • Long term mentor at the University of Minnesota College of Design.

Vendor relations

  • Communicated daily with international vendors and internal product team members, ensuring a smooth development process working through specification, performance or logistics issues.

Brand Experience

  • Extensive experience with national lines such as C9, California Outerwear, Coolibar, Dakine, Dockers, ExOfficio, Field & Stream, J.C. Penny, Jockey, Kmart, Kohl’s, Lands’ End, Life is Good, L.L. Bean, Marmot, Merona, Mossimo, Munsingwear, Page & Tuttle, Pistil, REI, San Diego Zoo, Sears, Sony, Target, and Wilsons Leather.

Employer Quotes:

Elizabeth Nee - Visual Manager / Assistant Store Manager at The North Face
Jill and I worked together in Visual Merchandising and Communications at Wilsons Leather. Jill has a strong ability to assess the situation and quickly works to resolve issues, and streamline processes. Besides being an expert at her work she is supportive and efficient at every thing she does. Jill would be an excellent asset to any team.

Keith Krone - Creative Director (Keith was a client of Jill’s)
Jill is an outstanding visual merchandiser who intuitively understands relationships of form and function, balancing them to create dynamic and interesting displays.

Michael Hubsmith - Founder & CEO at Soothems, LLC (Michael was a client of Jill’s)
I first had Jill help me with a Quark project and then after a five year sabbatical I engaged her services in a creative design project for infant swimwear. Jill’s work has consistently met and exceeded my expectations. She was timely, thorough and helpful on both projects. Her attitude is bright and very positive. I will certainly considered Jill for future Coolibar, Inc. projects.