Introduction: Christopher Gregory to Paul Diehl
15 years in 30 minutes or less - Let's go!
For the Love of Creating.
I am a Maker
At my core, from my earliest memories, I felt an undeniable urge to make things.
Over the years I've learned to grow that sense from the physical to the less tangible. From hands-on model making to mastering surface modeling in CAD to mapping out complex design strategies. The core feeling that drives me is creating.
I am a Doer
As an industrial designer, I've had the unique experience of developing shape for some of the biggest brands in the world.
I understand what makes a brand relevant to the consumer. Translating benefit and brand into meaningful shape.
I've have experiance designing at scale. Working with large brands means understanding the complexities of how small changes affect fit for use.
I am a Dreamer
I've had the opportunity to work in the front end of developing new brands. Navigating who the consumer is, what they need, and what their key pain points are. Building the inspirational consumer target, the journey, the shape inspiration, and the shape language.
I am an Organizer
One of the attributes that has helped me during my time in agencies is my ability to be a creative that is hightly organized and detail-driven.
This is a balance that I've learned to master. Knowing when to take the "handcuff off" and let the creativity drive. Then when to tighten things up and keep the project moving. Creating charts to visualize problems or help with decision-making. I also have a thing for file organization.
I am a Leader
With 8 years as Industrial Design Director, I've had the opportunity to learn many valuable lessons.
I've been able to foster young talent and help them grow within the profession. Not only teaching the skills of design, also how to be proactive. Getting "in front of " possible issues concerning the client or the project.
It's been a Journey.
Member of a small design team working on housewares products for OXO, as well as furniture concepts. Led by Industrial Designer Mark Naden. Hands-on all phases of the design process. Model making - Concept CAD.
G2 part of Grey advertising Designed for a range of brands including Imperial Tobacco, Absolute Vodka, Plymouth Gin, and Dunhill. Working mainly on "on-premise" bar tools and displays. Designed in-store pop-up displays for Lucky Strike and Dunhill.
Director of industrial design with experience leading the design team in a range of project types.
Got to market initiatives
Design Language Development
New Brand Development
Business Packaging Strategies
New Product Development
Front End Innovation
So... What's Next?
I want to make a positive impact!
I am an asset to internal teams. I've had the experience to help projects come to life.
Make a difference in people's lives
Pepsico's portfolio of brands is compelling for many reasons. The innovations within those brands and the focus on consumer delight is something that I would feel excited to be a part of.
Real Sustainibility Impact
In an agency role, the impact I can have on initiatives can be limited particularly in sustainability.
With my 15 years of experience, being embedded with a number of brands. I've acquired the tools to ask the right questions and visualize the problem to make the strongest case to get things done.
I've had the opportunity to work on various brands and projects from fragrance to structural packaging to devices. I'm optimistic that the opportunities that exist within Pepsi would both leverage my current skills and provide an exciting range of new challenges.
Some of your Work I Love.
I love this redesign. I understand the added challenges of transitioning from a circle section to a square section, from a labeling and handling standpoint.
The new shape is modern and disruptive in the category, especially in the large sizes.
As rPET becomes a pivotal part of the sustainability for PepsiCo I'm interested to know how the long-term LCA for rPET is?
Over the past 5 years I have developed a relationship with Soncoco and this package is one of the most exciting new technologies they have shared with us. It's a huge consumer perception sustainability win.
The unique section of this package that conveys the product inside is a holistic win. Pairing product and package.
Using Sodastream as a tent pole of the sustainability strategy is very compelling. The change in consumer behavior is one of the most pivotal challenges on the road to sustainability.
Aside from being a great industrial design project, it starts the thinking around how to bring this beverage behavior into different spaces. I'm sure offices are just the first step along a path of re-thinking durables.
Thank you for your time.
Great to meet you! I hope we can talk again soon.
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