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Meet Galia Schnadower of Galia Design

Today we’d like to introduce you to Galia Schnadower.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Galia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in Mexico City to a warm and loving family, who decided to move to Israel when I was 2 years old. I spent my childhood in a kibbutz, until my family decided to return to Mexico, in 1990, when I was 10 years old. Since very young, my passion for creating was very noticeable. I was always drawing, painting, sculpting, or just picking up trash from the street and making something creative with it, which I continue to do today, in my spare time.

After completing my first year of BA education in Industrial Design, with honors, in Mexico City, I decided to move back to Israel to complete my studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, where I graduated with two awards for excellence and a scholarship. I then moved to London for a few months where I was an intern at a design studio and enrolled in a few design courses at Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts.

My professional career started during my last year of studies, while still working on my final graduation project, I was contracted by a well-known design company in Tel Aviv, giving me the opportunity to experience and learn how a real product design company works. Since then, I worked in a few other product design companies in Tel Aviv, gaining professional experience and knowledge in the field.

Galia Design, my own industrial design studio, was born in 2006 in Tel Aviv with the purpose of serving clients that needed smart, unique and professional product design and development services, but without the extensive costs of working with large design agencies. My clients are mainly startup companies, design studios and entrepreneurs with a new idea that needs realization.

In 2014, I moved to Los Angeles with my husband. I looked for a full-time job to understand how things work here in California. I worked at Makerskit, a “DIY kits” startup, where I designed DIY laser-cut kits (among other kits), giving me the opportunity to learn how to operate a laser cutting machine, also gaining knowledge and experience with the American business culture. Following this position, I worked as the Product Design Manager at Nova Lighting, one of the oldest lighting companies in the US, gaining experience in managing, manufacturing and communicating with vendors in China and Mexico.

In early 2017, missing being my own boss, I decided to bring Galia Design back to life and re-open my design studio here. Since then, I’ve worked on a few more projects, including a long-term freelance position and continue to be on the search for more.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it’s never a smooth road, but that’s ok! That’s how you learn to overcome difficulties and advance your business.

I think one of the biggest struggles I encounter as a product designer is always being on the lookout for new clients, projects and opportunities, as well as bringing my own ideas to the market.

Many people ask me: “That’s a great idea, why don’t you make it and sell it?” The answer is “It’s not so easy…”. For example, for two years, I developed a great idea that I had – a series of kitchen storage products which included making prototypes, issuing provisional patents, getting business counseling and legal advice, traveling to the other side of the globe to look for partnership opportunities, etc. But unfortunately, after so much work, for a variety of reasons it couldn’t find its way to the shelves. It was a tough road, yet I learned a lot.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Galia Design – what should we know?
Galia Design is a design studio that specializes in industrial and product design, as well as in a variety of design fields such as interior design, character design, packaging design, graphic design, illustration & art. I also created MeeshoozTM, needle felted creatures and portraits which I love making any time I get a chance.

At Galia Design, communication and accomplishment are keywords. Understanding the client’s vision and needs from the very beginning is my highest priority, for my main goal is providing unique and practical design solutions, using my design expertise to bring the client’s vision to life, from concept to production. Everything is taken into consideration: Aesthetics, functionality, safety, ergonomics, materials, technologies and, of course, the costs and methods of the manufacturing process.

In many of the projects, I collaborate with a professional team of engineers, manufacturers, vendors and model makers to turn ideas from concept to tangible and amazing products.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I can definitely point out some of the people who deserve credit: My husband, who always believed in me and supported me. My parents and family, who always supported me and invested money in one of my ideas as well. Avi Albert from Orinom, an amazing mentor I had in Israel. My close friends, who are my advocates.

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Image Credit:
Baruch Nae Strategic Design
Amir Zehavi

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