Why does Industrial Design matter to you?
Personally, because I get to solve complex problems by drawing. In high school, I was terrible at math. Terr-i-ble. Growing up, I thought I would become an engineer. I was always a fairly competent at drawing, but the whole math thing remained elusive. I stumbled onto Industrial Design through reading car magazines. ‘Industrial Design’ first revealed itself in my mind as ‘car design’. But as time progressed, the opportunity to manifest ‘anything’ from a pen sketch into reality revealed itself by way of my college education, an internship at Crown Equipment Corporation, and an impromptu conversation with a classmate who worked at a retail design firm. I started my career in Industrial Design as a junior in college, working part time.
Industrial Design matters because there is always a better, more thoughtful, more functional and less earth-impactful way to do things. In this regard, Industrial Design will never be done. There is always a better way to reinvent ‘it’, to reconstruct ‘it’, to experience ‘it’. Industrial Design is truly a limitless avenue to express your creative “ya-yas”.
I’ve now been in the retail design industry for over 20 years. I still come to ‘work’ every day refreshed with a new challenge, a new idea, and new path forward to innovate. That’s what matters.