- How long have you been in the field of industrial design?
It isn’t a field per se, so much as a well designed umbrella. I’ve been under the industrial design umbrella for about 8 years.
- How much education have you developed to get where you are now?
I only have a BID, but the real world ‘school of hard knocks’ has been a much more critical element of my success.
- Was industrial design your first choice of study, or did it take you a while to conclude that industrial design was the right choice for you?
It was my third choice, initiallyl I followed my friends off to school and realized that I wasn’t having a good time. I took some classes I thought I would like (and did). Life drawing, literally changed my life. I applied to art schools up and down the east coast and wanted to be an artist; upon arriving at art school (Pratt), I found Industrial design and couldn’t look back.
- What are your major responsibilities?
I do a lot of shoe design (drawing, rendering) and development (spec’ing, pattern corrections, blueprint corrections, little bit of qc). The most important thing I do is pay attention and listen, the rest just falls into place.
. What do you perceive to be the major rewards of being an industrial designer?
There is a large degree of freedom that I have been given. Freedom to experiment with ideas; free from 9/5, my office has very liberal hours; no suits up in here.
- What do you like most about industrial design?
This is a strange question, it’s like asking ‘What do you like most about water?’ I can give you this much insight: without it I don’t know if I would last too long. It’s a lifestyle/mentality/state of being.
- Is there anything you don’t like about industrial design, or are there aspects of industrial design that frustrate you?
No. I probably sound like a sap, but I really do enjoy what I do, I’m very fortunate to get well paid for work I would do for free (I’m a designer not a biz major ) .
- How has industrial design changed since you first entered the field?
It’s gotten 8 years older.
- As an industrial designer, what are your long term goals?
At some point I would like to start my own shoe line or company, but the real world gets in the way of men & mices best laid plans.
- What is the future outlook for growth and job openings in the field of industrial design?
Well educated, articulate and creative people will never have a problem. However I think that in the US it is getting a little bit harder. I see more and more design opportunities going overseas, but the people who fill the positions seem to have a much higher turnover rate, so there must be some quality problems with the caliber of person being hired.
- What advice would you give to someone coming into a job like yours?
You can’t work too hard. Draw everything that comes to mind.